Dump the costly static IP if you need to reach a home or office network and get Dynamic DNS (DDNS / DynDNS) as a free service from NutPile Networks. If that isn’t enough, you can also enable our free security scanning to help keep your network secure.
NutPile Networks compiles ISP (Internet Service Provider) performance statistics that can help us all get more reliable Internet services. When you install an agent to monitor an Internet connection, reports show frequency, length, average times of outages, latency, fully automated speed testing, historical data and more. You can even receive an email if your Internet has gone down.
The agent monitors your ISP and the higher level companies that provide them in order to help determine where problems might exist so they can be fixed before they become critical. Think of the agent as something that is gathering performance data from your perspective and not from your potentially biased ISP point of view.
When you install a NutPile Internet monitoring agent, the software communicates with our data center 24/7, keeping a watchful eye on your connection performance. As a result, the agent knows when your router IP has changed and automatically updates our DNS servers so you can continue to reach your network using the same URL.
In turn, we can offer you these services at no cost as a thank you for helping us gather metrics which can help everyone.
A static IP can get expensive!
Providers typically charge around $10 to $15 per month per static IP. If you use a DDNS service, then you need a router which can communicate with a DDNS service in order to update your IP as it changes.
Why bother with complicated configurations? Simply install the NutPile agent, then from your control panel, agent settings, you can enable or disable the DDNS function.
Your URL will be ‘http://id.nutpile.com', the ID of the agent you have installed combined with nutpile.com. Super easy to remember.
If you want a reminder of what the URL is, just look at your reports for this agent and you’ll see the fixed URL as the first item in the Agent Details.
From then on, you’ll be able to reach your home or office router and any services behind it such as web, email, data storage, using an easy to remember name. The URL will continue to exist for as long as you keep your agent running so that it can constantly update our DNS servers.
If you have more than one location you would like to reach, simply install an agent at each location, enable the DDNS function and you’ll have a fixed URL for each location you would like to reach. Multiple agents can be managed from our convenient NutPile Control Panel or NCP.
Security scan — Port scan (Beta Testing)
Also included as part of your Internet monitoring service is an Internet sided scan of your network to help you know when something has changed. By keeping an eye on open ports, including a history, it will be easier for you to know if you are susceptible to someone hacking into your home or office network.
Sometimes, while testing something, it is easy to overlook a previous setting, accidentally leaving a port open which should have been closed and our scan lets you know about it. Reports also show what the port is used for. For example, port 25, an SMTP mail server. Or port 80, an HTTP/S web server and so on.
Members simply enable the scan in their control panel and the reports will start showing up immediately. Reports show open ports, recently closed ports and other information.
More agents, better metrics
The more people who install the NutPile agent, the better the information becomes for everyone. Take the mystery out of Internet problems, share reports with neighbors and friends and start seeing the bigger picture. Take advantage of these free services by installing an agent today and becoming a member of the NutPile Networks community.
If you have any questions, please feel free to create an account in our new forums and we’ll be happy to help.
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