Internet Video Series, Part 2

 

Episode 17, Segment 06 of 07

Once you select a DDNS service provider and answer a simple, automated series of questions for them, you will need to run a single copy of their corresponding DDNS client software somewhere on your network whenever you want people to access your service. The DDNS service providers have all published free client software for popular Windows-based computers (and some others too).

But you probably won't have to - install - the required DDNS client software on any of your computers, because most modern NAT routers already include it. Examine the menus exposed by the browser interface of your NAT router. Look for references to - "DDNS" - or - "Dynamic DNS". If your router includes support for one or more DDNS service providers, then you'll have best success by enabling that function within your NAT router, choosing a DDNS service provider from among those mentioned in your router's documentation or menus. Otherwise, download and install the client software on one of your computers. For our purposes in this movie, we are going to assume your DDNS client is resident inside your NAT router.


 

This image shows the way a modern SnapGear router is configured for DDNS in support of a network that will be given the Domain Name - "JohnsoNet.homedns.org" (managed by dynDns.org). Most modern NAT routers (and corresponding Windows DDNS clients) can be configured to support DDNS in a similar fashion. It's easy, and you shouldn't need any information beyond that made available in the AskMisterWizard movies previously mentioned. You will be asked to choose a unique Domain name, which you will use to advertise your services thereafter. You may be asked a few additional questions regarding the names of the computers in your network, etc. If you do need additional details related to the services of a specific DDNS provider, seek instructions from their www site. Forearmed with this information, you are well prepared.


Episode 17, Segment 07 of  07