Before going to the quick guide on how to start using Dynamic DNS, let’s go a step before! Do you clearly know what Dynamic DNS is?
Definition of Dynamic DNS
Dynamic DNS (Domain Name System) is a service that helps you to link a domain name with a dynamic (changing) IP address.
For instance, having a home network with a router that connects to the Internet through an Internet service provider (ISP), the IP address of the router may change periodically. This can make it hard for you to remotely access devices or services on your home network because you need to know the current IP address of the device to get connected.
When you use Dynamic DNS, you can set up a domain name so it will always point to your device, despite its current IP address (IPv4 or IPv6). Every time the IP address of the device changes, the DDNS service will automatically update the DNS record to reflect the new IP address. This means you will always access your home network using the same domain name.
How to start using Dynamic DNS [Quick guide]
Now, it is time for a quick guide on how to start using Dynamic Domain Name System!
Step 1. Pick a reliable Dynamic DNS service
There are many different providers. Research, and compare features, pricing, and reputation. Then pick a provider that fits your needs and budget.
Step 2. Sign up for an account with your provider
Usually, DDNS website’s providers walk you through every step to create your account. It is not hard!
Step 3. Set up a domain name
Choose a domain name for your device that is unique, easy to remember, and has not been registered by anyone else. This name is very important because, through it, you will be able to access your device from the Internet.
Step 4. Configure your computer or router
Usually, this task involves entering the domain name you chose, the username, and the password (the one you received from the Dynamic DNS provider) into the settings of your computer or router. Some routers already have a built-in DDNS client that can be configured using the web-based interface, but others may need you to install separate client software.
Step 5. Update the DNS record
As mentioned before, whenever the IP address of your computer or router changes, the DDNS service will have to update the DNS record to reflect the new IP address. This can be done automatically (by the computer or router) or manually (through a web-based interface or client software provided by your DDNS provider).
Step 6. Now you can access your device or service remotely
You only need an Internet connection and the domain name you registered with your Dynamic DNS provider. Enter it in your browser, no matter where you are!
This is how to start using Dynamic DNS. It is not hard, and it is very useful for a variety of needs and applications!