This is the latest guide for setting up a DNS hostname. Before we used to recommend to use DynDNS but unforuntaley it isn’t free anymore. We now recommened no-ip.com for your free DNS hostname.
Visit the website at no-ip.com to start your free DNS hostname.
After register, you will receive an email from no-ip.com to activate your email address. Click on the link that is attached to your email to activate the account.
Log in with the information that you registered to create your domain name.
After logging in, choose Add a Host button, enter the domain name that you’d like to use (example: foscamus) and choose the domain (example: no-ip.org).
Once you’ve added the host that you’d like to use, find the IP of the camera that you’d like to use this hostname on. After logging into the camera, it’s time to upgrade the camera to the latest firmware and webUI. Under the camera settings, go to the section called “Device Management”, once there click on the option that says “Upgrade Device Firmware”. On the page for upgrading, you will see two type of upgrades, one is for firmware and the other is for Web UI. You may download the latest firmware/webUI from here/.
Once that is done, you will need to go back to your IP address that matches your camera to enter in the data that you just chose. Under the option “Device Management”, choose the option called “DDNS Service Setting” and under this option you will be entering the data that you received from no-ip.com.
Once the camera has restarted itself, log in to the access the camera and once logged in, check to see if DDNS Status says No-Ip has succeed or failed. If failed, then it will require you to re-enter the No-Ip information as stated in step 4.
After checking to see if the DDNS status is successful, you will now need to set up port-forward. In order to port forward, you must have access to your router. For example, the router we are using is Linksys E3200 and the IP address for this particular router is 192.168.1.1. If your using a different router, please check with your provider or check with your routers manufacture website for that information.
If you cannot figure out how to port forward, please visit our Support page as there are multiple guides on each major router. To check to if your camera is successfully port forward, please visit whatismyip.com and use that IP address with the port number that you chose for port forwarding (example xxx.xx.xxx.xxx:8080). If you can see the login page for your camera, you have successfully port forwarded and move to step 8.
If you cannot see the login page for your camera, please use the port forwarding guides to set it up.
To see if the hostname that you chose for No-Ip works, enter in the address bar http:// Domain name + HTTP Port. For example: http://foscamus.no-ip.org:8081.
If you can see the login information, you have completed the guide.