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guide:various:no-ip
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This version (2010/05/08 16:29) was Approved by niphlod.

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No-IP for the webserver

Thanks to a really useful feature, the webserver, eMule can be controlled remotely in quite all the settings using any pc connected to internet, from anywhere in the world.

This feature give us the chance, for example, to check the status of our eMule from an internet-point while on holidays, or from our office, or from school (watch the teacher LOL).

The only problem which you'll face is to know the actual IP address to connect to. It's really common that the IP address change on every reconnection, especially in Europe.

This implies that if we are on holidays and the connection drops, there are chances that the IP address changes, leaving us with the old IP address pointing to another computer or to no computer at all.

Thanks to several internet services, there are some free dns services, that allow to couple a name to your ip address. As an addition, thanks to a free subscription and to a small executable, as the IP address of your pc changes, the DNS get updated, so in the end the name given matches all the time your pc.

Really great! We can now forget about numbers costantly changing as http://87.154.92.128:4711 and remember something like http://sweethome.no-ip.org.

You can find one of the free dns at this address http://www.no-ip.com/.

You'll find this frame near the bottom left:

login

Click on Sign-up Now! and you'll get to this page:

login

You must fill the form with your email address and the click on SIGN UP NOW!: now you have to fill with your data the following page…again click on I Accept, create my account completing the registration. You should remember the mail and the password, because using that you can later config the control panel of the service, making our life easier.

mail sent

Once you have clicked on SIGN UP NOW! you'll get to this page: click as on the following image to download the executable:

Download Client

Download CNet

You should be redirected to the download page and the download should start in seconds… enjoy the small break to check your email and clicking on the link to complete the registration process.

Once you finish the download, start it and fill the forms with the settings that you can find on the next images. Confirm those changes clicking Next:

Client

By now you should have the program installed and opened (if not, go to Start–>Programs–>No-IP–>No-IP DUC); you should then have the following window opened:

Client2

Clicking on the upper right on Edit, you'll get to the window where you can insert your email and password that you used for the registration before.

Instead of the “x”, you should have your external IP (the one you can forget happily from now on).

Click now on Options and check that Run on startup is checked, so the program starts with Windows (it gets 3 mb of RAM, and no processor resources at all, so don't worry); you can leave the rest with default values, and click Ok.

Client3

Now we ended setting the program, and we'll go on setting the name you want to give your computer.

login

Go to the site http://www.no-ip.com/, click on Login near the left top and insert email address and password; clicking on login you'll get on this page:

manage

Click on Add now:

add host

  • Remember the IP Address
  • Change Host Type, clicking on Port 80 Redirect
  • Insert the IP again into IP Address
  • In the dropdown Hostname, choose il suffix of the name you want for your pc (as an example no-ip.info: you can choose what you want but it must be on the second part of the list, under NO-IP Free Domains)
  • Insert a name for the computer of your choice (if it's not available the page will notify you that it's already used)
  • Insert the port of the webserver (usually 4711) into the port field
  • You should not fill anything esle, and click Create Host at the bottom

The confirm, if you'd chose as hostname scugnizzo2.no-ip.info, would appear like this:

host creato

Now you can click on Log out near the top right, close the browser and wait 5 minutes. The program you installed before will check if the IP address is changed and will update the settings accordingly and automatically.

To get it running, it will be enough to check the field near the hostname, and you will get the window like the one on the following images

refresh 1 refresh 2

refresh 3

The smiling face means that the service is correctly working, so from now on you should remember only to go on the internet, type the address you created on the top bar and you'll get redirected to your webserver automatically, from everywhere on the world.

Happy remote-controlling =)