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Bo Berglund wrote: >>FYI, Using a DDNS service will automatically keep that name to IP >>mapping correct for you and be more robust. HOSTS file certainly works, >>but requires you change it when your IP changes. > > > But if the server is a non-official IP that may change over time then > any official DNS server will not have it and the HOSTS file approach > is the way to go. I have my home ADSL line at a fixed address because [snip] You misunderstood me. The DDNS service is *dynamic* DNS, meant for these DSL type lines. There's an agent that runs on your machine that sends updates to the DDNS service (e.g. no-ip.com or dyndns.org, there are others) to let it know what the address is. My Linksys router has a DDNS agent built into it, but I've never tried to use that (it doesn't support no-ip). For example, I have a myhost.no-ip.org DNS name at No-IP that forwards to my cable modem's IP. The agent runs on a machine behind my NAT router and the DDNS service automatically picks up the correct public IP address. I use no-ip myself on the free level. Here's more information on their free service: http://www.no-ip.com/services/managed_dns/free_dynamic_dns.html Regards, -- Glen Starrett