Dynamic DNS is a useful service that allows you to use a fixed and memorable address for your home network even when your ISP changes your home network's IP address. You can often set up DDNS on your router. You can also run a DDNS client on one of your devices, like a computer, a NAS, or a Raspberry Pi. Your home internet connection has a numeric IP address that changes over time. Dynamic DNS (DDNS) lets you assign an easy-to-remember address so you, your friends, and your family can access your home network with a simple website-like name. Table of Contents What Is Dynamic DNS (DDNS)? Why Would I Want to Use Dynamic DNS? What Do I Need to Use Dynamic DNS? Selecting a Dynamic DNS Provider Selecting a Dynamic DNS Update Method How to Update Your Dynamic DNS Automatically Frequently Asked Questions About Dynamic DNS What Is Dynamic DNS (DDNS)? To understand Dynamic DNS, you must first be familiar with plain old DNS and its basic function. DNS, or … [Read more...] about What Is Dynamic DNS (DDNS), and How Do You Set It Up?
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Perhaps the most highly visible home automation hub thanks to its placement in Lowe's stores around the country, the Iris Smart Hub ($59.99) is a reasonably priced device that controls numerous Iris-branded and third-party devices, including contact and motion sensors, thermostats, locks , and more. It contains circuitry to control Z-Wave and ZigBee smart home products , supports Amazon Alexa voice commands, and is relatively easy to install. However, it lacks the versatility of our Editors' Choice, the Wink Hub 2 , and requires a subscription to unlock its full potential. Design and Features is considerably smaller than the Wink Hub 2 (7.2 by 1.2 by 7.2 inches) and just a tad deeper than Samsung's SmartThings Hub ($69.99 at Home Depot) (Opens in a new window) (1.3 by 4.2 by 4.9 inches). It has a white finish, with an Ethernet port and two USB ports on the back, alongside a power jack and a reset button. Three LED indicators on the front glow solid green when … [Read more...] about Lowe’s Iris Smart Hub (Second Generation) Review
You Can Trust Our Reviews Since 1982, PCMag has tested and rated thousands of products to help you make better buying decisions. Read our editorial mission (Opens in a new window) & see how we test (Opens in a new window) . Yes, having all the financial and customer files for your one-person business effectively stolen by ransomware would be devastating. But losing the ability to fulfil orders because ransomware slammed your shipping service would be just as damaging. The latter is happening right now in Britain, with the Royal Mail’s international shipping capabilities shut down by a ransomware attack . From the LockBit ransomware (Opens in a new window) gang’s viewpoint, the Royal Mail is a better target than your tiny business, with deeper pockets by far. You can’t do anything about the Royal Mail, but you can protect your own personal and business files from attack. Make sure your antivirus is equipped to handle ransomware. Consider adding a … [Read more...] about The Best Ransomware Protection for 2023