OS-DNS.com – DDNS Service
Explanation of DNS
Attempting to explain DNS without boring the reader is almost impossible. Hopefully this analogy will help!
Think about cell phones. For our analogy, every computer on the internet has it’s on phone number (called IP Address). Instead of having to remember each phone number, you store these phone numbers with easy to remember names into your cell phone. That way when you want to call Mom you don’t have to remember her phone number, just find the name in the phone book and let your cell phone dial the number stored. Easy.
A domain name or hostname converts an easy to remember web address into the IP address of the computer (or in our case security camera recorder) you are trying to access.
What is DDNS?
DDNS means Dynamic Domain Name System. For a security camera system, the problem comes with the Dynamic bit.
What does Dynamic mean in terms of DDNS?
Sticking with the cell phone analogy, I’m sure if you had to remember Mom’s number you could if you really wanted to. What happens however if her number changes? What happens if it changes every day? Or even multiple times a day? It would be almost impossible to remember how to call Mom! Not only that, you wouldn’t even know whether the number you were calling was the right one! Obviously not good when you need to have a catch up with Mom!
This is what happens when you have a dynamic external IP address – your IP address changes at unknown intervals meaning you can never be sure of where on the internet your security camera recorder actually is!
How do I know if my IP Address is Dynamic or Static?
If you have a static IP address you will likely know about it – most internet providers charge more for giving you one. If you don’t know or don’t pay more, the chances are you will have a dynamic IP address.
Can OS-DNS be used with a Static IP Address?
Even when you have a static IP address, it is often easier to remember a hostname than an IP address. Most free DDNS services do not work with a static IP address as they require a manual refresh after a set period of time (often around 1 month).
Our OS-DNS service never expires – as long as your subscription is active, your hostname will work.
What Else Needs to be Done?
After you have an account set up, you will need to forward some ports on your router. The IP address for the hostname gets you to the internet router. The port forwarding makes sure this traffic goes to the security camera recorder. If you do not know how to do this, our support team are always willing to help – just get in touch.
Which Devices does this work on?
- All Orange Security Recorders:
- Most security camera recorders from other suppliers
- If your security camera recorder does not support our DDNS service, most internet router devices do
What Will My Address/Hostname Look Like?
The hostname will look something like:
The underlined part is the hostname. The whole thing makes up your personalized address.
How to Configure the OS-DNS Service?
After having purchased either the OS-DNS service or a recorder from Orange Security, you will need to provide us with your preferred hostname. This needs to be unique. Please make contact through our contact page or via e-mail with your chosen hostname. We will set everything up and then e-mail you further instructions.
Free with Security Camera Recorder Purchase from Orange Security
If you purchase any security camera recorder from Orange Security we will provide OS-DNS DDNS service, free of charge, for the lifetime of your recorder. Check out our range of security camera recorders here.
All you need to do is to get in touch after purchase of your recorder and let us know you want to take advantage of this offer.
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If you purchase this item and are unable to make it work due to a hardware incompatibility issue, even with the assistance of our support staff, we will refund you in full.
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- Annual Dynamic DNS Service
- Personalized os-dns.com Address
- Easy to Remember Address
- Handle Dynamic External IP Address
- No need to Confirm Hostname
- 1 year subscription to os-dns.com DDNS service
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