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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

Generic or Windows configurations.

To use this feature it requires a paid planThis does not apply to the Free plans.

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.

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

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 (Mac)

Because this configuration is for a Mac machine, you can use our Mac application.

When you try installing the application you might be greeted with a warning. This warning is telling you the application is not in the Apple App Store, and it will ask you if you want to proceed. This is ok, please proceed.

When it first installs, you might see one of the free filters activated. Go ahead and click on Activate.

Copy the entire link from above, for your device name, into the available input box and click Activate

The app is going to do some of the heavy lifting for you, so it might present you with an option to approve the action. This is ok, select OK. If you’re curious, it is setting a recurring job to send a request updating the IP for that domain, this allows us to check if the IP is changing. If it changes, we automatically apply it to your profile. This ensures the data is always captured on your profile.

If it’s configured correctly the end result will look something like this:

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

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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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