How to use MediaStreamer smoothly via DDNS

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If your device does not have native support for VPN, MediaStreamer is a great alternative for accessing blocked sites.

To ensure the best MediaStreamer experience, users with dynamic (changing) IP addresses are recommended to setup a DDNS.

This tutorial will explain what DDNS is, the benefits of using it, and how to setup DDNS on your router and on expressvpn.com.

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What is DDNS?
1. How to get a hostname
2. How to setup DDNS to automatically track your IP changes
3. How to register a hostname on expressvpn.com
3-1. How to update the hostname on expressvpn.com
3-2. How to delete the hostname on expressvpn.com
4. How to setup MediaStreamer on your device


What is DDNS?

If you have a dynamic IP address, it means you are assigned a different IP address each time you log onto your device. Dynamic IP addresses make it difficult to use MediaStreamer, and can lead to various problems when trying to access online services. A DDNS can resolve this issue.

A DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) is a third party service that tracks your IP address changes and gives you a static hostname. Once configured, any changes to your IP address will be updated on the third party’s server, but your hostname will remain the same.

What is a Hostname?

A hostname, therefore, is a static and unchanging point of reference for you to use MediaStreamer. By registering your static hostname on ExpressVPN, you will be able to use MediaStreamer smoothly even if your IP address changes.

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1. How to get a DDNS hostname

Note: Dynu’s standard free service is perfectly sufficient for most users. You do not need to create more than the four free hostnames in order to use MediaStreamer.

Go to https://www.dynu.com and click Create Account.

create dynu account

Create your account to receive the account verification email from Dynu.

dynu account details

Open the link in the verification email then log in to your account on https://www.dynu.com and select DDNS Services.

select ddns services

Click on + Add to add a DDNS service.

add ddns

If you do not have a hostname already, enter your desired hostname in Option 1 and click + Add. This is the recommended option fo users who are not familiar with domain names.

If you already have your own domain name, enter your domain name in Option 2 and click +Add.

create hostname

Once done, you will see your hostname and your current public IP. Uncheck both Wildcard Alias and Enable IPv6 Address and click Save.

save ddns

And that’s it! Your DDNS hostname is set up and ready to be used!

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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2. How to setup DDNS to automatically track your IP changes

After getting your hostname from Dynu, download and run this software from Dynu so that your hostname will be automatically updated every time your IP address changes.

For Windows

You will see your Dynu username and password automatically populated in the appropriate fields.

dynu update client

Go to the Misc tab and check the box for Autorun Dynu IP update client on startup. This will ensure that any changes to your IP are tracked each time you turn on your machine.

autorun dynu on startup

Hit Save, return to the Activity tab, and hit Save again. Your IP changes will now be tracked automatically.

For Mac

  1. Go to System Preferences Users & Groups
  2. Select the Login Items tab and select the sign
  3. Find and add the Dynu IP Update Client (it should be in the Applications folder)

The Dynu IP Update Client should launch every time you run your Mac.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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3. How to register a hostname on expressvpn.com

Go to www.expressvpn.com and click on MY ACCOUNT on the top header bar.

go to my account

Sign in using your account information.

sign in to account

After signing in, click DNS Settings in the top header bar.

dns-settings

Under Dynamic DNS Registration, enter the hostname you want to register and click Save Hostname.

enter hostname

After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been updated.

Note: It can take up to 10 minutes for ExpressVPN to detect the IP change.

hostname updated

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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3-1. How to update the hostname on expressvpn.com

Under Dynamic DNS Registration, replace the current Dynamic DNS hostname with the new hostname you want to register and click Save Hostname.

enter updated hostname

After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been updated.

enter updated hostname

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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3-2. How to delete the hostname on expressvpn.com

Under Dynamic DNS Registration, delete the displayed Dynamic DNS hostname and click Save Hostname

delete hostname

After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been deleted.

hostname deleted

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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4. How to setup MediaStreamer on your device

After you have registered your hostname on expressvpn.com, you need to setup MediaStreamer on your device. See the instructions below for your device:

Apple TV (4th gen & tvOS)

Apple TV (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen)

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 3

Xbox One

Xbox 360

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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