[Freedombox-discuss] Dynamic DNS app : some suggestions

phylophyl philophil_debian at hyperlecture.net
Fri Mar 11 09:47:57 UTC 2016

Making a FreedomBox public domain can be a lot of pain for people 
discovering network technics. At first to figure out what has to be 
done, then to do it. Here are some suggestions as a feedback.

Philippe "phylophyl"

Suggestion 1: a few extra text for the manual or to display when 
setting up a freedombox domain name.

Suggestion 2: an app or option to configure automatically the router 
(static internal ip, ports) ? Make GnuDIP registration directly from 
FreedomBox ?

Suggestion 3: focus also on router devices images and apps to avoid 
painfull steps ?

SOME EXTRA TEXTS (first draft)

Add text after Domain Name field ?

"Before entering a domain name, verify if your ISP provides a static or 
a dynamic internal adress for your router. Enter directly a standard 
domain name or your IP public address if it is static. In case of 
dynamic DNS, ask your ISP to provide a static public IP. Another 
solution is the DIY way: configure your router, create a static domain 
name at a dynamic DNS provider and activate FreedomBox Dynamic DNS 
application. Feel free to use #freedombox IRC cana and the mailing 
listl for 24/24 help. If you are not familiar with internet network, 
please browse and read about domain names, local area networks, Domain 
Name System (DNS) and dynamic DNS."

add an extra section called "How To" after About/SetUp/Status ?

How to configure your router in case of dynamic DNS :
01 - Find out the mac address and current local IP of your device 
running FreedomBox.
02 - Open your router admistration web interface.
03 - Set Up an exception for your device as a static local IP.
04 - Create a port forwarding for 80 (http server) and 443 (https 
secure server) ports to your FreedomBox IP (made static).
04 - Leave the router interface, your public IP should now provide a 
direct access to your FreedomBox (use http://myip.datasystems24.de to 
find out your public IP).

How to create a DNS name with GnuDIP
01 - Access to GnuIP login page (answer Yes to all pop ups)
02 - Click on "Self Register"
03 - Fill the registration form (Username and domain will form the 
public IP address [username.domain])
04 - Take note of the username/hostname and password that will be used 
on the FreedomBox app.
05 - Save and return to the GnuDIP login page to verify your username, 
domain and password (enter the datas, click login).
06 - Login output should display your new domain name along with your 
current public IP address (this is a unique address provided by your 
router for all your local devices).
07 - Leave the GnuDIP interface and open the Dynamic DNS Client app 
page in your FreedomBox.
08 - Click on "Set Up" in the top menu.
09 - Activate Dynamic DNS
10 - Choose GnuDIP service.
11 - Add server address (gnudip.datasystems24.net)
13 - Add your fresh domain name (username.domain, ie 
14 - Add your fresh username (the one used in your new IP address) and 
15 - Add your GnuDIP password
16 - Fill the option with http://myip.datasystems24.de (try this url in 
your browser, you will figure out immediatly)
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