VPN and No-ip

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  1. Tony Simmons

    Tony Simmons Young grasshopper

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    I have a very simple setup. DSL>>>Modem/Router>>>Computer
    >>>NVR

    I recently added a paid VPN service which protects the computer. (Still working on setting up OpenVPN through the router).

    My question- No-ip.com is set up to keep the ip address updated for remote viewing of the NVR.
    The NVR is connected through the router, not the computer, but instead of picking up the router ip address, its picking up the VPN address. Why is this???
     
  2. fenderman

    fenderman Staff Member

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    Your paid vpn service does not protect your computer. Save your money.
     
  3. mat200

    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Hi @Tony Simmons

    Paid VPN services run VPN servers on their computers, allowing you to connect to their computers to view websites. This helps prevent your ISP from seeing the websites you are going to as long as you do not use the ISP's DNS servers ( important, do not use your ISP's DNS servers if this is what you want ).

    To access your home security camera video feeds remotely in a more secure manner:
    What you want to do is run a VPN server on your router, allowing you to come into your LAN from a remote device ( like a PC at work, or your cell phone when using your cell phone carriers internet )
     
  4. Tony Simmons

    Tony Simmons Young grasshopper

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    Understood. I'm in the process of adding OpenVpn to the router, but it may take some time.

    Would still like to know why no-ip is picking up the VPN address, rather than the router ip, and how I might fix it for the time being...
     
  5. alastairstevenson

    alastairstevenson Staff Member

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    Because that's the IP address that your traffic uses when it exits the VPN service to access the destination you're connecting to.
    The whole idea of that paid VPN service is to hide your real public IP address, and to use the VPN service public IP address instead.
    A common use for paid VPN services is to circumvent geographical restrictions that a destination may impose.
     
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  6. Tony Simmons

    Tony Simmons Young grasshopper

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    Perfect...That's what I needed to know. Have spent the day trying to get up to speed, but I'm making slow progress.