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Update CleanBrowsing with Public IP’s that Change (w/No-IP)

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.

If your router does have a built-in Dynamic DNS feature, this guide is for you. If your router supports another service, here is another option:

  • DynDNS

To help with this, this instruction will show you how to use No-IP in your router.

Create No-IP Account / Hostname

NoIP is similar to our Dynamic Devices URL in that helps keep track of the networks public IP. To use, simply create an account with No-IP using the following configuration setup:

You will have the option to enter a unique hostname, I used publicIPnoip for this example. You will also have the option to select your domain, I selected ddns.net for this example.

Set it as DNS Host (A) and enter an IP (this will dynamically change later).

Configure Router with NoIP 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 NOIP and NOIP. 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 NOIP).

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.

Updated on November 17, 2022

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