Register on No-Ip.com to remote access your connected home

Introduction

You have chosen MyOmBox to implement a smart automation system in your home. This is a great initiative and in order to get the best out of it, you need to be able to control your connected home from your house (from your armchair) or from outside, that is when you are outside home: on the move, on holiday, at friends’…

To do so, you need to configure your MyOmBox to remote control your SmartHouse, wherever you may be, with your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Registration on DNS redirection website
Registration on DNS redirection website

1 – Registering your DNS on a dynamic redirection platform

DNSDomain Name System

As a reminder, the DNS is a mechanism implemented in 1983 to link an IP address to a more memorable name, called domain name.  

Example

          Domain name of the website: google.fr
          Domain’s IP address: 216.58.211.67

Several platforms offer URL redirect systems. Some of these offers are free, and others paying. We have selected for you a free solution called: No-Ip.com

2 – Creating your free No-Ip account

To create a free No-Ip account, click on the following link to their website  http://www.noip.com/.Noip01

From this home page, it seems like only two languages are available: English and Portuguese. However, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can select your language. We shall therefore select French.

Click on the neon green box “Free sign up” and simply follow the instructions provided on the tooltip icons.

Creating an account No-Ip.com
Creating an account No-Ip.com

3 – Activating your No-Ip account

A new window opens and asks you to check your inbox (from the email you entered when signing up on No-Ip.com). Simply click on the link “Activate account” in this mail.

A second window will open to inform you that your account has been activated.

If, when creating your account, you haven’t typed the default domain name (which is ddns.net) log into your No-Ip account with the user name and password you have chosen.

The dashboard of your account No-Ip
The dashboard of your account No-Ip

This will allow you to choose your host name (myhost) and the domain name that suit you best. You can find this list in the drop down menu. The first part (Free Domains) is free, whilst the other ones (Enhanced Domains) are paying.

Then, click on “Add Hostname” or “Ajoutez un hôte”.

4 – Configuration of the ADSL box

Personally, I have a Neufbox. But the principle is valid for all current boxes, give or take a few details.

     A – DynDNS or dynamic DNS

To configure this feature, go to “administration” on your ADSL box, most of the time with the IP address 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, then, in Network v4, go to “DynDNS”.  An example is displayed for Livebox at the end of the article dedicated to this type of box at Orange.

The IP address, displayed automatically, is the external address. It’s the address enabling you to connect to the internet. As a reminder, the internal address is the address you have from your home network.

Don’t forget to turn the “Activation DynDNS” ON, and on the drop down menu, select “no-ip.com”. Enter the user name and the password, which you have chosen when signing up on No-Ip.com.

The domain name matches the one you have created when you signed up.

Configuring the ADSL box
Configuring the ADSL box

You are almost ready to use your MyOmBox from outside home and remote control your connected home.

     B – NAT or Network Address Translation

To complete the configuration, install a network address translation rule (NAT). To do so, you need to go to the admin section of your ADSL box and click on NAT.

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Name this rule (myombox, for simplicity purposes), the protocol is TCP (this is sufficient for proper functioning of the system), the external port is 80, the IP address is the one you have already found when setting up your MyOmBox and the destination port is also 80.

Then, to connect from outside home and test your 3G / 4G connection for example, you need to open the internet browser on your smartphone, tablet or laptop and enter the following URL: http://IP_DE_VOTRE_BOX_ADSL. You can retrieve it by going to the website http://www.get-ip.me for example.

We wish you an excellent use of your MyOmBox, wherever you may be.

5 – Setting up the DUC (optional)

For those who want to go further or whose ADSL box does not have the No-Ip functionality, there is a solution to update your IP ADSL address with a software.

Download the dynamic client software for the operating system you use. As far as I am concerned (and for this tutorial), I am on a Mac. There are dynamic clients (Dynamic Update Client = DUC) for Windows, Mac and Linux. This small software constantly verifies the IP address changes on your ADSL box and dynamically updates your DNS, without you having to worry about it.

Install your DUC by double-clicking on the downloaded file, and click on “Agree” as you agree with their general terms and conditions.

Terms of DUC
Terms of DUC

The programme opens. A first window (No-Ip Dynamic Updater) indicates your external IP address. If that’s not the case, simply click on “Update Now”. A second window (Preferences) will remind you of your email address. Tick the box facing your host name, mon-nom.no-ip.org

UCR setting for your account No-Ip.com
UCR setting for your account No-Ip.com

 

 

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