I recently utilized a spare PC to set up a web server at home.
Unfortunately my ISP does not want people on non-business plans setting up web servers. Hence internal IP addresses and the WAN IP address are generated dynamically by default.
I found a way around this by creating a DHCP reservation for the MAC address of my server and forwarding any incoming traffic on port 443 to the reserved IP address.
The next issue was the WAN IP address which is also dynamically generated. My modem has integrated support for noip.com which is a dynamic DNS service that will update DNS servers upon changes to the WAN IP, so I thought I had solved all of my problems.
However, the A record in the DNS management options on Godaddy only accepts actual IP addresses, so I cannot use the domain which was generated by noip.com (thenameofmydomain.ddns.net--this will always be mapped to the WAN IP address) as the A record.
I have been told to create and use a CNAME, but I am still somewhat confused by CNAMES after having read somewhat extensively about them and, more importantly, I do not believe this will solve my problem since I want to use my own domain (spaiglas.com).
Basically all I need to know is how to set a static IP address for the WAN without breaking anything.
The modem I am using is an ActionTec T3200M. The manual with all of the default settings can be viewed here.
I believe I found the necessary options to do so, entitled WAN IP Address, which can be viewed on page 44, but I am scared to touch anything. Is it possible that by changing some of these settings I could break something indefinitely?
1. Current WAN interface is WAN DSL (mine is DSL and not Ethernet)
This option cannot be adjusted in the settings.
2. Select the ISP protocol below
Obviously I would set this to RFC 1483 via Static IP, right?
3. If your ISP Provider requires Host Name/Domain Name, enter it here
I would leave this one alone. I don't see any reason to adjust this.
4. Select the DNS type.
This area confused me since if I select the other radio button, Static DNS Addresses, the Primary DNS and Secondary DNS will populate by themselves with IP addresses that are actually printed on the modem. Where are these DNS servers even located? :/
5. Configure IGMP Proxy.
I am even more confused by this setting. This is the first time I have ever heard of a IGMP proxy. It seems to be a protocol to identify the correct destination for packets?
Can anybody help me figure this out?
Below is my current setup for the domain on the registrar's page. For what it's worth, I'm using the name servers of some shared hosting I purchased a while ago.