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Master Geek

# 79006 11-Mar-2011 16:21
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I have a device which needs a static host. It needs to be static as the device has no DNS ability. The unique thing is it can connect to any port so maybe some port forwarding trickery it could be on a virtual server. Anyone have any ideas to approach this apart from the expensive option of hoarding a entire IP to myself.


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Uber Geek

  # 447618 11-Mar-2011 16:44
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? Is this a device inside your LAN you need to connect to via the internet or just internally?
What kind of device is it? Which port?

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Master Geek

  # 447620 11-Mar-2011 16:49
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The device (printer) just needs to see txt file on a server.  for example Doesn't matter which port as I can specify this in the printer. It uses GPRS to connect to the server.


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Uber Geek

  # 447622 11-Mar-2011 16:53
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Oh right. Seems pretty dumb that it won't let you use a host/domain name for that!

Are you running that server on a DSL connection or something? Or is it just looking for a file on a web server somewhere, or is it a custom server?

If it's on your DSL/etc connection you can buy a static IP from your ISP or use something like

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Master Geek

  # 447625 11-Mar-2011 16:58
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I'm using hosting direct to hold the files. They are shared servers however. My ip on that server goes to the home page of hosting direct, not much good to me. 

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  # 447628 11-Mar-2011 17:05
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If it can't do DNS then your out of luck I'm afraid. Even DNS by itself wouldn't really get around this - you'd need something like DynDNS. What's wrong with a static IP?

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  # 447639 11-Mar-2011 17:33
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Which ISP are you with as many have psudo static IP addresses. IE Slingshot, which require a 12 hour disconnect to get an IP address change. DynDNS would be an option or a script to get your IP and reassign it to the device each time it changes.

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Master Geek

  # 447640 11-Mar-2011 17:34
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Cost I guess. Hard find a host that will actually do that.


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Uber Geek

  # 448113 14-Mar-2011 08:45
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Hmm, in that case you might have to find a cheap VPS and setup a web/ftp/whichever protocol you're using-server.
I believe you can get cheap ones that aren't very powerful for <$10USD

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