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Account for Public IPs that Change w/DynDNS

When working with our service tracking the public IP is important, without it, the system doesn’t know where to apply the filtering rules. This is especially true when using IPv4.

To help account for this, we created a series of articles that guide you through the process of keeping your public IP updated in your dashboard using our dynamic device feature:

This, however, can be problematic when a device is constantly moving and the public IP of the network continues to change. In a perfect world, the public IP change would happen in the router, but our dynamic device option is not available in routers.

To help with this, this instruction will show you how to use DynDNS in your router.

Create DynDNS Account / Hostname

DynDNS is similar to our Dynamice Devices URL in that helps keep track of the networks public IP. To use, simply create an account with DynDNS using the following configuration setup:

You will have the option to enter a unique hostname, I used publicIP for this example. You will also have the option to select your domain, I selected dyndns.org for this example.

Set it as Host with IP address and enter the IP it provides on the screen.

Configure Router with DynDNS Account

Return to your router and find the DynamicDNS section. All routers are different, but it’s typically an option in your menu under Advanced Setup.

It will typically give you an option to use one of their predefined platforms, and the most common are DynDNS and No-IP. Selecting the organization will then give you an option to provide your hostname and platform credentials (e.g., the username and password used to log into DynDNS).

That’s it, once you log in it should start tracking your IP and applying it to your hostname.

Configure CleanBrowsing with DynDNS Account

Once the router is configured to use the new DynDNS hostname, open your CleanBrowsing dashboard and add the new hostname to the Your Networks card:

You’ll see that the minute you add the domain, it automatically picks up the IP associated with the domain. Now every time your ISP rotates the IP it will bind the new IP to the hostname and CleanBrowsing will automatically record the change.

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Verify Connection & Troubleshooting

After configuring your device or router you can verify your configuration by visiting DNS Leak Test and running the standard test.

We provide a more in depth guide on Verifying and Debugging Connections.

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