Account for Public IP’s That Change w/MacOS

One of the more common questions we get from customers is how to account for a public IP address that changes. This guide will help you configure your dynamic IP with the CleanBrowsing DNS resolvers.

This is a Mac guide, we have other guides for

If you do not have a device on the network you can use, you can leverage the DynamicDNS option in your router using the two most popular DynamicDNS options found in most routers:

Dynamic DNS

Before you configure our Dynamic Device, note that our dashboard supports Dynamic DNS (DynDNS and similar services) out of the box, so if you use one of them, all you have to do is add your DynDNS domain on the “Your Network” settings page.

 

If you don’t have a DynDNS domain, you can use our own Generic Device config to keep your IP address in sync (go to Step 1 bellow).

Step 1: Add new Device to Dynamic Devices

Inside the CleanBrowsing application you want to navigate to the settings page. On this page you will find a panel titled, Dynamic Devices.

 

Configuring
  1. Under Settings
  2. Click on Your Network
  3. Select the right Profile
  4. Enter a name for the device
CleanBrowsing-DynamicDevice2

Add the name that will make sense later. For instance, in this example, I chose Home Mac. This is important because you want to be able to which device it is. It’s also good to be mindful if you’re trying to account for a dynamic public IP on your home network or a dynamic public IP on a device that travels.

 

Things to Consider

 

If this is for your local network, deploy this on a device that is stationary in the network. For instance, my house changes public IP from time to time. So I configure this on a Home Computer. This ensures that if I leave the house with my computer, and the IP changes I don’t lose the address applied to the main profile.

 

If you are going to use this on a mobile computer, a laptop that you travel with, it’s best to create a new profile, then add the device to the specific profile.

 

This new domain will provide you a unique code. This code will be used in the next steps. What we’re doing here is creating a unique domain that will capture the public IP of that device at a set frequency. That is why it’s so important to apply it to a stationary device in your network.

Step 2: Configure a Dynamic Device

Depending on your device, you will want to set up a recurring task to ping the URL provided above. If you are using a NIX based machine (e.g., Linux) you can use a cron job (works on MAC as well). A cron job will allow you to set up scheduled events

Open the cron job via your terminal application. The -e option allows you to edit the cron file.

$ crontab -e

Now paste the following command, updating only the MYCODE section:

*/2 * * * * curl https://my.cleanbrowsing.org/dynip/MYCODE

Exit the editor. That’s it! This will automatically update your IP inside your profile.

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