I was told that it was possible to get a second account that will allow me to access FIOS TV on my PC at a remote location (vacation home) - is this true?
If so, I have a few questions:
1. Is there a telephone number to call to establish the link?
2. What equipment do I need to do to set it up? (I have a Dell laptop).
3. What software will I need to use?
4. What types of restrictions can I expect?
11-05-2008 11:00 AM - edited 11-05-2008 11:01 AM
Well, you're familiar that your IP address moves around, like 126.96.36.199 one day, and 188.8.131.52 the next. I'm assuming the problem you're having is that once FIOS changes the IP address, you lose access to your slingbox becuase it's now slinging from another IP...
What if you could have a free service that linked whatever IP address your router gets at home to a DNS address... like "gakaye.dnsalias.net", so all you'd have to do is link your remote Slingbox to gakaye.dnsalias.net instead of whatever IP address your router automartically gets? That's Dynamic DNS. Dyndns is one of several free Dynamic DNS services.
The link below might help, shows you how to use a software program that can run on a PC that will update "gakaye.dnsalias.net" so "gakaye.dnsalias.net" points to whatever IP address your home router has. To be honest I think Actiontec's firmware also has built in dnydns support, but since I use a D-Link router and am at work, I'm not sure.
If your home network's router has dyndns support, Just create the free account, the free host, and give your router the account info, and your router will update the IP info without the need of downloading a PC client. Otherwise it'll be best to download a software client that will update the IP address for when it changes.
Once setup you can use your slingcatcher software or hardware, tell it to go to "gakaye.dnsalias.net", and watch your slingbox content while on the road. The updater running from home (or your home router if your router supports it) keeps the dns address up to date.
Actually, I'm so confused now I don't know which one is changing! I had thought that the router was changing the IP (It's DHCP service), but just now when Sling help ran my setup AGAIN, they had to change it in Slingbox setup and not on the router. I'm thinking the server is changing it, and then when I run setup again because it doesn't work remotely, then Slingbox is picking up the wrong one??