Creating a permanent link with DynDNS and Linksys WRT160NL router

DynDNS offers a free Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) service but there are occasions when one may opt for a paid option. I wanted a short domain name, easy to remember and one that would look a bit professional.Due to these reasons, I  opted for a paid premium service.

Steps for signing for a free account and a premium one are somehow similar. A good tutorial for signing up for a free account exists here and therefore, on this post I will concentrate on signing for a premium account.

  • Point browser to  DynDNS.com.

  • Select DynDNS Pro which appears at the bottom of the page

  • Click on Sign In

  • Enter User Name and Password

  • Click on log in

  • Under My Services, select Add Host Services

  • Pick a hostname to use and select the suffix for your hostname from the list of available suffixes. In my case i felt selfip.net would be short enough to remember.

  • DynDNS is already displaying your current IP address so clicking on it is easier than typing.

  • Default TTL is set to 60 seconds and you may change this value if you wish.

  • Click on Add to Cart

  • Click on Proceed to checkout

  • Click on Activate Services

  • Logout of DynDNS

Enable DDNS on the router by logging in to your router.  I am using a Linksys WRT160NL so under setup I select DDNS. It is disabled by default and therefore I enable it. After that I enter the DynDNS user name, password and hostname.

The final step is to forward ports on the router for the applications you would like to access from outside.