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4-3. DDNS setup web page

Dynamic DNS (DDNS) is simply a way of using a static domain to connect to a dynamic IP address. When connected to your ISP, you are assigned a temporary IP address. DDNS services keep track of your IP address and route your domain name to that address when you wish to connect to the camera from a remote location. In the “DDNS Setup” web page, you can rename the remote IP address of camera to a domain. This way is very helpful to let you remember the accessed address of camera easily without remember any IP address.

But up to now, we don’t recommend user to use this DDNS feature any more. Due to you are able to pick up the remote IP address from Anyscene –> “About Device” interface. See how to pickup the remote IP address. Please NOTE this way requires you enabled UPnP function on router and Camera UPnP setup web page.

You should register a domain first


*You should register a domain first, if you are own one, please ignore this section and scroll down to see how to enter the DDNS info to camera.

With typical residential internet service your router’s IP address can change from time to time. Looking up the current IP address can be inconvenient, and buying a static IP address is an unnecessary monthly expense. www.dtdns.com and www.dyndns.com are the recommended companies for “Dynamic DNS” service. Also known as DDNS, this is a totally free service that allows your own name to be assigned to your camera. This name takes the place of the IP address. Together with software in your camera this also makes sure the name for your camera is always updated with the correct IP address.

First you create a free account with one or both of these companies. We’ll take www.dtdns.com as an example. The “create account” function is beside Log in below. Do not register a domain or sign up for any other paid services. You just need the free account.

Once you have an account and you have validated it by responding to their email, log in and select “Hosts/ Redirects” on the top left of the screen, then “Add Host”. For Hostname, pick anything you like as a name for your camera, except do not use spaces. Use only lower case letters and numbers. Then click on the domain names you can pick from, as well as some that they consider premium names worth paying for. For example, you could pick servehttp.com as your demo cameras.

Then be sure that only “DNS Host (A)” is selected. Don’t worry about the current IP address and don’t change anything else. Click on “Create Host” and you’re done! Please write down your complete hostname as well as the username and password you used for logging in to No-IP.com as you’ll need it for the next step. DynDNS.com is very similar but in their case there is an additional step of checking out a shopping cart with a zero dollar fee.

Now proceed to the next section to make sure your name is updated correctly.

Set DDNS info to your camera


To make sure that this domain always corresponds to the correct IP address for your camera you have to make sure it is updated automatically when there is a change.

There is no need for client software. Titathink IP cameras have a DDNS menu that allows you to enter your domain information. Access the web application -> Go to “Setting” -> “Network” -> “DDNS Setup”.

Be sure to select the DDNS provider, for instance if you signed up with No-IP.com you should select No-IP in the camera’s DDNS menu.

See the mean of each field:

  • [DDNS] Enable or disable DDNS connection. Click “Enable” for the rest of the options to appear.
  • [Service Provider] Select a provider from the drop down list then click “Register”. This will take you to the service provider’s website where you can register your own personal host name. Please follow the instructions on the provider’s site, and then return to this page to enter the details.
  • [Host Name] Enter the host name you have registered (e.g. yourname.dtdns.net).
  • [User Name] Enter the user name for the account you registered with the serviceprovider.
  • [Password] Enter the password for the account you registered with the service provider.
  • [Re-type password] Re-confirm the password.

Now you have setup an easily accessible external address for your camera, you now need to setup and confirm an external port for your camera. This is covered in the UPnP section. *Please note: if you have only just registered your DDNS account, it may take a while your account is activated and full registered on the internet. Some of the DDNS service listed offer free paying service. A free account is more than adequate for a camera to use.

After you enter your account and hostname information and UPnP is enabled, you can go to the camera’s “System” menu at the top of the Settings screen and scroll down to the DDNS section. If it worked, the camera’s external address will be listed under “Internet URL”.

If it says “Updating” or “Unavailable” you should double check your account settings. No-IP.com uses your complete email address as user name, and the password required in this menu is the one you created during No-IP account setup. If successful the camera will show you the complete external URL for your reference.

The external address using DDNS is made up of two parts – your DDNS account address and the port you opened via UPnP or manually.

For example: DDNS Host name account: http://yourname.dtdns.com Port: 8150 So with the above information, your camera would have the address of: http://yourname.dtdns.com:8150

Open any internet browser on your computer, and type your own DDNS account name, followed by :8150 (that’s a colon, followed by 8150). After a few moments, your Camera Homepage should be displayed. You can then login to view your camera or change your settings as normal. To confirm your own external camera address, stay within the Settings menu, and click on “System” at the top right of the screen. This will list various settings of your camera. Under UPNP Port Forwarding, it should list your cameras hostname and port.

Note: Only 1 single camera per network needs the DDNS setup. This enables access to the entire network. Important Notes

  1. If you try to access your own camera(s) from your home using the external IP address it may not work. Some internet service providers recognize that you are trying to do something that usually doesn’t make sense. Their routers may block requests that go from your network out to the internet and then loop back to your own network. Therefore we always recommend that you get in touch with a friend to help you test the remote access to your camera from outside your own network. Or you can use an iPhone in 3G mode (Wi-Fi turned off)
  2. Once your camera is live on the internet, you should change the admin password to something only you would know. See the “User management” menu under “Tools” section of your camera’s “Settings” screen. Only admin can change settings. If you add other user names they can only see video without changing anything. If you forget your password you can always reset your camera to factory settings using the reset procedure shown at the end of this manual.
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