How to setup dynamic DNS using no-ip.com?

We all know dynamic DNS is useful why to access our home network from differnt part of the world in our last article. To setup dynamic DNS, one of the best providers was DynDNS, but they removed all their free plans in 2014. It's only $25 a year for their remote access plan, which is pretty cheap for the features you get, but it's still not free!

 

Dynamic DNS

 

If you really plan to connect remotely a lot from different parts of the world and you want something very reliable, DynDNS is definitely worth paying for. However, there are several free options that do a pretty good job and will work just fine for most people. No-IP is the one of them.

The free dynamic DNS provided by no-ip includes up to 3 hostnames, dynamic DNS updates, limited domain & Port 80 redirects and web support. Having multiple hostnames is a nice feature in case you have multiple devices you want to remotely access and you want a different hostname for each device. The devices can also have different locations, so you could use one hostname to connect to a computer at home and another to connect to a computer at work.

Step 1: Create an Account - To get started, click on the Sign Up Now button and create your account. You'll be asked for one hostname and you can type it in or choose to create it later. Once you've filled in the required information and agreed to our Terms of Service, click the "Free Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: Confirm Your Account - You'll get a confirmation email and once you log into the site, you'll be brought to the member area and a pop up will appear with the steps you have to take next.

Step 3: Add a Host or Domain to Your Account - When you registered for a No-IP account a hostname should have been created automatically. You will use this to connect to your server. But you can create another if you want.

 

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