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Home Server Setup on Bell / Rogers

Router Setup P.1 – Router IP & DDNS

In order to access your home computer you need a dedicated IP. Rogers and Bell use static IP. Using a free DNS service your router can tell this service when your IP changes so that you can always access the computer using a hostname or url such as http://myserver.dyndns.biz.

  1. Login to your router using your web browser (probably  http://192.168.2.1 or http://192.168.1.0)
    Once you’ve logged into your router, be sure to change the login password if it’s set to the default “admin”. I would also change the login name.
    To determine your IP using Windows.

    Click Start button > Run > Type cmd
    At the command prompt type: ipconfig
    Your gateway ip should read something like: 192.168.1.0 or 192.168.2.1, the last two numbers should be a single digit number. That is your router ip.

    To determine your router IP on MAC.

    Go to System Preferences > Network
    Under Airport or Ethernet (which ever your connected with) at the bottom right, click Advanced…
    Select the tab at the top that reads TCP/IP
    Under Router you’ll find the ip of your router.
  2. Next you have to configure your router to use a Dynamic DNS service, or DDNS.
    • With your router window open locate the tab that mentions DDNS and click it.
    • Under DDNS Service there should be a pulldown menu. Most routers will have the option to choose from two or three services. Select DynDNS. Once it’s selected, leave the window open and visit DynDNS.com, this link will take you directly to the setup for their free DNS service.
    • Select a hostname that you’ll remember such as myserver.dyndns.biz
    • Select Host with IP Address
    • Enter your current IP address, which will be displayed under the box.
    • Do not select Mail Routing. Leave it empty.
    • Continue the signup, create a username and password.
  3. Go back the router page that was left open on DDNS, with  DynDNS selected as the service of choice.
    • Enter your the username and password you created for the DynDNS account.
    • Under hostname enter the address you selected, ie: myserver.dyndns.biz

Router Setup P.2 – Enabling Ports

Ports need to be opened to allow access to your computer.

  1. Depending on your router find the tab that reads Port Range Forwarding or Virtual Server.
    It should look something like this, with 4 key areas: NAME, PORT, IP, Enable/Disable
  2. Now you need to open the necessary ports to pass to your home computer.
    Enabling Remote Desktop for Windows, for example, you need to enable Port 3389. Which means your first line would read something like:
    Name: Remote Ports: 3389 to 3389     TCP/UPD IP Address: 192.168.2.15 (Whatever the IP is of your home computer/server. Find your IP using step 1 mentioned earlier.) Be sure to check Enabled. If you’re on a Mac, the port would be 5900 which is for VNC.

Once this is done you may have to restart your router.

Allowing Incoming Connections

You may have to change Firewall/System settings on your server/computer to allow access via remote connection.

Using Windows

Right Click My Computer, select Properties.

Select Remote Settings on the left.

Select Allow Remote Assistance Connections as well as Allow Remote Desktop Connections from any version.

Apply. That should do it.

Mac OSX 10.5+

System Preferences > Sharing > Select Remote Management

Here you can select “Only these users:” and select your main account as opposed to All users. You’ll have to select what will be allowed. I usually select all.

Once that’s done Click Computer Settings…

Create a password, click OK.

That should do it.

Accessing your computer remotely

  • Remote Desktop on Windows.
    Open Remote Desktop Connection, enter your hostname (myserver.dyndns.biz) and credentials. You should now see the desktop of your home computer.
  • VNC/ScreenSharing on Mac.
    Open your VNC client, or Screensharing.app, enter your hostname and VNC password. You should now see the desktop of your home computer.


One Response to “Home Server Setup on Bell / Rogers”

  1. adam says:

    You should install Tomato (http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato) on your router. So much better than the stock linksys firmware.

    I’ll write a tutorial on how to do it here, just can’t do it now.

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