Ultimate Windows Home Media Server Guide

Remote Access Outside Your Home Network

 

afraidFor most of us our IP address changes from time to time which is annoying if we want remote access to our home media servers. Dynamic DNS solves this by automatically registering your new IP address with a domain like chickenkiller.com. I have tried several free dyndns providers over the years. They have been increasingly getting annoying to manage because they nag free accounts to log in once a month to reactivate their account. Fortunately, freedns.afraid.org have a completely nag free gratis dyndns service and it is very easy to setup for your home media server.

Free Dynamic DNS

All you have to do is go sign up a free account at freedns.afraid.org

Create your free account and remember to click the activation link in your email.

freedns create account

Now log in to your new free account and choose a domain

Click subdomains on the left

subdomains click

Then click add subdomain

add subdomain click

Choose your desired username, select a free domain and click Save

adding a subdomain

Now you need to configure your router or htpc to routinely tell freedns what your IP is.

You may have a router that supports afraid.freedns.org (dd-wrt and OpenWRT do so you can always flash those)

Otherwise you need to download a client for your platform (Windows, Linux)

Just pick a client or script you like and install it. I use Afraid Updater Service for Windows machines.

Install Afraid Updater

Afraid Updater requires .NET 4.0 Framework.

Extract the AfraidServiceUpdater4Installer.msi installer from the zip.

Open it and you’ll see the Wizard screen, click Next.

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 1

Choose your destination folder, default is fine. Click Next

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 2

Click Next and it will install.

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 3

Click Close

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 4

Browse to the folder you installed Afraid Updater to, right click on the configurator and Run as Admin

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 5

Enter  your username and password, click Refresh

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 6 refresh

Select the subdomain you created, right click on it and say Add this host to this computer’s configuration

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 7 add host

Now right click on the entry and click Modify Entry

Check Automatic Detection and Click Save

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 9 automatic detection click Save

Now it should say the Desired IP is automatic

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 10 automatic done

Now click Misc Options and slide all the way to the left so it says 10 minutes

Afraid Service Updater will check the IP information every 10 minutes and update if necessary

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 11 misc options

Click Configuration and then Save configuration

AfraidServiceUpdater4 step 12 save configuration

Now you have a free dynamic dns service all setup so you can use all of your services without having to remember your home ip address as it changes. Setup remote access to your machine using VNC viewer, remote access to sabnzbd, nzbget, couchpotato and nzbdrone.

Setup Port Forwarding

In order to be able to access all of the services on your home server from outside your home network you need to set up portforwarding in your router. Add the following entries and you are good to go.

Service Port
Sabnzbd 8080
Nzbget 6789
Nzbdrone 8989
Couchpotato 5050
Plex 32400
TightVNC 5900

This concludes the ultimate home media server guide. Now you can just create your media lists and have the server do all of the work. It can remain headless (not connected to an LCD screen) and you can remotely manage all of the services or even the server’s desktop itself.