Account for Dynamic IP Changes (Generic)

One of the more common questions we get from customers using our paid plans is how to account for a public IP address that changes often. This guide will help you configure your dynamic IP with your CleanBrowsing account.

This is a generic guide, we have other guides for Windows or Mac configurations.

To use this feature it requires a paid planThis does not apply to the Free plans.

Dynamic DNS

Before you configure our Dynamic Device, note that our dashboard supports Dynamic DNS (DynDNS and similar services) out of the box, so if you use one of them, all you have to do is add your DynDNS domain on the “Your Network” settings page.

If you don’t have a DynDNS domain, you can use our own Generic Device config to keep your IP address in sync (go to Step 1 bellow).

Step 1: Add new Device to Dynamic Devices

Inside the CleanBrowsing application you want to navigate to the settings page. On this page you will find a panel titled, Dynamic Devices:

  1- Under Settings
  2- Click on Your Network
  3- Select the right Profile
  4- Enter a name for the device

Add the name that will make sense later. For instance, in this example, I chose Home Mac. This is important because you want to be able to know which device it is. It’s also good to be mindful if you’re trying to account for a dynamic public IP on your home network or a dynamic public IP on a device that travels.Things to Consider:

If this is for your local network, deploy this on a device that is stationary in the network. For instance, my house changes public IP from time to time. So I configure this on a Home Computer.

If you are going to use this on a mobile computer, a laptop that you travel with, it’s best to create a new profile, then add the device to the specific profile.

This new device will provide you a unique URL that any time you click on it, it will connect your current IP address to your CleanBrowsing account.

Step 2: Configure a Dynamic Device

Depending on your device, you will want to set up a recurring task to ping the URL provided above. If you are using a NIX based machine (e.g., Linux) you can use a cron job (works on MAC as well). A cron job will allow you to set up scheduled events

Open the cron job via your terminal application. The -e option allows you to edit the cron file.

$ crontab -e

Now paste the following command, updating only the MYCODE section:

*/2 * * * * curl https://my.cleanbrowsing.org/dynip/MYCODE

Exit the editor. That’s it! This will automatically update your IP inside your profile.

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