Technical Support Blog

Dynamic DNS

If you're wanting to connect to your Virtual TimeClock Server over the Internet but your Internet Service Provider (ISP) gave you a monthly quote for a static public IP address that doesn't make it financially feasible, you may want to look into Dynamic Domain Name System services (DDNS or DynDNS). DDNS allows the dynamic (changing) IP address of your Internet connection to act just like a static (not changing) IP address. A quick Internet search for “free DDNS” will reveal some of the most popular and affordable vendors that offer this service. The usual process is as follows:

1. Sign up with a DDNS service (such as noip.com, dyndns.com, etc.) and create a hostname for your remote connection in the process (Ex: myvirtualtimeclock.ddns.org).

2. Download and configure the DDNS client software from your provider onto your Virtual TimeClock hosting computer or server (this software will regularly communicate your dynamic IP address back to the DDNS service you signed up with). You may also be able to use the DNS/DDNS firmware in your router, if so equipped.

3. Once you have the url from your DDNS service provider, you can follow the steps for setting up remote connections to Virtual TimeClock. The only difference is that instead of entering the public IP address of the TimeClock Server location, you'll enter the url provided by your DDNS service (Ex: myvirtualtimeclock.ddns.org).