Access your FileCloud Community Edition Server using NoIP

If you’re currently using Tonido and considering switching to FileCloud Community Edition, there is one key difference to note: Tonido uses a relay server to access your local server.

For example, <username>.tonido.com is your external URL; this means that you will need to use a third-party service to redirect from a custom URL to your local IP address. You can use commercial or free services to accomplish this.

Some available options include:

Redirect Your Tonido URL

This article will explain how to accomplish this using a Freemium service like NoIP.

Requirements:

  • Server Computer Running FileCloud Community Server
  • com Account
  • Your Public IP Address
  • Port Forwarding in Your Router
  • External URL Access
  • Set Up Automatic Updates for Local IP Changes

Install FileCloud Server

FileCloud provides installation guides for Windows and Linux operating systems. Select the right one for your computer below.

Windows: https://www.getfilecloud.com/supportdocs/display/cloud/Installation+on+Windows

Linux: https://www.getfilecloud.com/supportdocs/display/cloud/Ubuntu+Package+Installation

NoIP account

If you don’t have a NoIP.com account, please create one: https://www.noip.com/sign-up

Public IP address

Several options can help you identify your public IP address. For our tutorial, we will use this website: https://www.whatismyip-address.com/?check

When you open this website from your local home network, you will see something like this:

screenshot of website WhatIsMyIPAddress

Please take note of your IP4 Address as we will use this shortly.

Set Up Port Forwarding in Your Router

To access your FileCloud Community Edition server outside of your local network, you will need to create a rule in your router to redirect traffic from your public IP address to the local IP address of your server.

The instructions may vary depending on your router brand. You can check the guide from NoIP to help you set up the port forwarding for a comprehensive list of router brands (D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Asus, TP-Link, etc.)

Create and Configure External URL Access

Once you have completed the above steps, it is time to create your hostname in NoIP. Go to: https://my.noip.com/dynamic-dns and create a new hostname.

screenshot of website NoIP to create a hostname

You can choose your preferred hostname and direct a DNS Host (A) to your IPc4 Address.

Screenshot of NoIP - Direct Your DNS

After waiting an average of 30 minutes, your DNS entry should be ready. Now you can access your FileCloud Community Edition Server from anywhere using the URL you chose, including via mobile application and web access.

Set Up Automatic Updates for the IP Address

To make updating the IP address simple, NoIP offers an application you can install on your server or any computer that runs from your local network. The application will monitor if the public IP is updated; whenever the IP address changes, the app will automatically update your DNS entry in your account. You can find and download the application from NoIP.

Once you install the application, log in to your NoIP account and select the hostname. You will see the following:

screenshot of NoIP website, configuring automatic updates for DNS changes

Now, whenever your local IP address is updated, your DNS entry will also be updated, ensuring you never lose access to your FileCloud Community Edition Server.

Article written by Daniel Alarcon