Figure 15. You can access your network through the Internet when you’re not home
The router supports only basic DDNS, and the login and password might not be secure.You
can use DDNS with a VPN tunnel for a secure connection.
Internet service providers (ISPs) assign numbers called IP addresses to identify each Internet account. Most ISPs
use dynamically assigned IP addresses. This means that the IP address can change at any time.You can use the
IP address to access your network remotely, but most people don’t know what their IP addresses are or when this
To make it easier to connect, you can get a free account with a Dynamic DNS service that lets you use a domain
name to access your home network. To use this account, you must set up the router to use Dynamic DNS. Then
the router notifies the Dynamic DNS service provider whenever its IP address changes. When you access your
Dynamic DNS account, the service finds the current IP address of your home network and automatically connects
If your ISP assigns a private WAN IP address (such as 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x), the Dynamic DNS service does not
work because private addresses are not routed on the Internet.
Set Up a New Dynamic DNS Account
To set up Dynamic DNS and register for a free NETGEAR account:
1. Launch a web browser from a computer or WiFi device that is connected to the network.
2. Enter http://www.routerlogin.net.
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