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Topic # 228970 1-Feb-2018 11:14
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DNS 101: What is the easiest way to set up a DNS server (DNS4ME) for someone with dynamic IP (Vodafone) who is not a computer geek and just wants to click on a link and watch something?


According to DNS4ME, the user would have to log onto the site and manually update the current IP every time it changes. This can be set to automatically update but they still have to log on. The API update URL looks interesting but I’m not sure how to request this from Android without going through a browser. I just want something that executes automatically on start-up.


I looked at No-IP as an alternative but it also has to be updated every month. Is there a better way to do this? I would like it to be an invisible process for the user if possible.



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  Reply # 1949996 1-Feb-2018 11:45
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  Reply # 1950012 1-Feb-2018 12:07
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He already has an Android box. I need to find something that works with that.



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  Reply # 1950014 1-Feb-2018 12:10
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Unlikely you'll find a solution for android. 

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  Reply # 1950071 1-Feb-2018 13:07
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A related question;


Is there a domain name registrar in New Zealand that supports nsupdate?

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On the android device, open chrome


Go to the dns4me site 


User Console/IP access zones


Select the zone that you would have created and click the drop down on the right and select "Show API Update URL"


Copy that.


In a new chrome tab paste it and go to the link.


In Android chrome click the three ... (vertical dots) up on the top right and select "Add to Home screen"


You now have a shortcut on your android device that resyncs your current IP address with dns4me.




Yes - It requires someone to press something once in a while - but still easy.



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  Reply # 1950128 1-Feb-2018 14:24
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That would be an acceptable solution but along with many other Android frustrations I have run into, the Home shortcut function seems to be very buggy. I can't get it to work at all on any launcher I want to use. The only launcher I have found that it works on is the Google one, which is so awful I just won't use it. I have tried a multitude of other launchers without success. I am talking about Android 6 here.



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  Reply # 1950367 1-Feb-2018 21:49
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I finally found something that works. Chrome Launcher add-on for Kodi is a very useful tool that enables you to create Chrome hyperlinks to any site. Just click and you are there. This works beautifully with the DNS4ME update API. One click to update, click return to go back. My non-tech friends can easily cope with that.



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