iBootBar Tips and Tricks #2 of 3 Advanced Setup

Tip #3: iBootBar Setup Utility

Using the iBootBar Setup utility is an easy way to setup a unit, and have a backup of the settings. These settings can be reused for a spare unit, or when multiple locations will have similar setups.

The utility can download the current parameters from the unit, allow you to modify those parameters and upload them back to the unit. You can also save a copy to the hard drive as a backup.

The utility is working with a file, and not in constant communication with the iBootBar. When the setup button is grey and unavailable, there is no open file. You should download the parameters from the unit to populate the file, and allow editing.

Tip #4: Use Port Forwarding to Access iBootBar

If you need to access your iBootBar from the internet, you may need to configure your router to properly understand the requests to connect to the iBootBar.

Your router has one 'public' or WAN IP Address. Your local network has multiple devices, each with its own 'local' IP address. The process the router uses to identify which request to its public IP address should go to which local IP machine is called Port Forwarding.

Port Fowarding Diagram

In the diagram for iBoot above, port forwarding instructed the router to forward any requests for port 9090 to local IP address . The iBoot at IP address has been programmed to use port 9090 for as its web server. With this configuration, you could point your browser to the routers public IP address with the port 9090 as the suffix ''. The router would route the request to the iBoot.

The same port re-direction technique can be used for the iBootBar to access web or telnet ports. Just program the iBootBar to use the port you re-direct. Port 80 is the standard for web page, and 23 is for Telnet access.

Watch our Port Forwarding Video Tutorial

Port Fowarding Diagram

Each router setup is unique. Here is a good tutorial on how to do it with at typical Linksys router Router Tutorial

If you are on a home network, your internet access provider might be changing your public IP address. This makes it difficult to find your home network from the internet.

Fortunately, Dynamic DNS is a technique to help you find your local network no matter when your ISP changes it. It monitors your local network and reports your Public IP Address to a service. That service translates your IP Address to a fixed domain address. Instead of a numeric IP Address, you get a name you can remember like myhomenet.dynamicdns.org You can always access your network with that address.

Several companies offer Dynamic DNS services. Your router will also have to be compatible with the service you choose, or you will need to run a program on your PC that reports your IP address to the Dynamic DNS service you choose.

For more on Dynamic DNS, visit:

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