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External access without static IP ?

I would like to be able to access my home PC to stream videos from it. I am the only one accessing it (I dont expect other people to access it).

I have beyond TV setup and am able to access and stream the video to other PCs on my home network, but I would like to do this from outside my home network as well. My big problem is that my internet provider doesn't offer Static IP addresses.

Am I just hosed? Or is there someway for me to still access my PC from outside?

How often do DHCP IP addresses change?

Would it be possible to make my home PC check its own IP every so often and when it sees a new IP address it would send me an email with the new ip address? Even if this is possible, I believe I need to configure my router to redirect requests to a different IP address. Would that be possible with the scenario I just suggested?

Any suggestions would be really appreciated!

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What you need is http://www.no-ip.com/

Install the no-ip client. you get a domain.no-ip.com which dynamiclly points to ur new ip each time it changes. you run the small software on ur machine which talks to the no-ip servers and when ur ip changes so do the no-ip dns.

let me know if u have issues

you woudl also need to port forward the ports you want to access. eg. 3389 (remote desltop), 5900 (vnc) to the local 192.168.X.X ip address of ur machine
no your not hosed.. there are a few ways... the no-ip way is one way to do it.... another is to check your lease time.. and use the ip your are given.. you say you are using a router...so it should have a connection status screen in which it tells you the DHCp Lease time.. this is how long you theoretically have that particular IP.. usually 50% of the way into the lease, your machine (router or pc) will re-new the DHCp request and get the same ip... unless the pool of IPS is running low and it will give you a different one... or none at all.... you could put your machine into the router DMZ setting and that will make the router forward all requests to your specified internal machine... (dont forget to use protection-firewall it)

wrapup: so you can find out your IP and use that..or use the no-ipway...dmz your machine...

oh and yes there are programs to check your IP and email/page you when it changes.. (IP address monster)....

ip monster - free dl


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