Create a personal domain name to access home systems

Your ISY-994i is set up, and now you want to be able to access it remotely over the internet with MobiLinc. By far the easiest and most cost-effective way to do this is via MobiLinc Connect, a $30/year remote access solution built into the product.

But, if you’re an advanced user who’d rather use a known domain name, such as, or you have other devices like Foscam security cameras that you would like to access remotely, another option is to create a personal domain name that you can use to access your home systems.

This is not for the faint of heart, and relies on yet another $30/year service (, plus $15 or so for purchasing and maintaining a domain name with Hover. These steps also will depend on you setting up DD-WRT on your router.

Register a domain name with
This is pretty straight-forward; just navigate to, enter your domain name, and create your account.

Create an account at is a dynamic domain name system that will allow your changing home IP address to be always up-to-date with your new domain name. You’ll create an account here and add your domain name to it:

Change Hover nameservers to use DynDNS
Next, you have to tell Hover to use DynDNS’s nameservers to do your domain look-ups. Click your domain name in dyndns and look up their nameservers:
… and then apply those nameserver settings to Hover:

Configure DD-WRT to use
Finally, you’ll set up DD-WRT to leverage This allows your router to send its public IP address to, which in turn will update your DNS name to use your IP always-current IP address:

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 3
2 comments on “Create a personal domain name to access home systems
  1. Quirilio Vilorio says:

    Hi, I think if you have a foscam cam you can use their DNS service and assign a special port to the ISY, and theoretically you are in. Right?

    • Matt Chiste says:

      There are 3 things you really need:
      1) A name to access your home system so you don’t need to remember an IP address
      2) A mechanism to associate that name with your (possibly changing) home IP address
      3) A mechanism to connect through your firewall to your devices

      For #1, you don’t necessarily need to register your own domain name; most services will offer you a domain name on their server (like, and if you want your own name (like you’ll pay a bit more for it – whether you register the name at Hover, or using their domain name registration system.

      Foscam cameras can addresses item #2. Foscam, like DD-WRT, can send your public IP address to a remote server using a similar set of services described here. (Foscam’s instructions are based on stopped offering free accounts last year (, and it appears still offers one – albeit severely cripped with hostnames expiring every 30 days ( Neither are actually foscam’s service – they are just sending the “pings” to external services so that those can keep your public IP address current in DNS.

      #3 also has some options; two of them are a) opening a route in your firewall on a dedicated port, using network address translation (NAT) to get to your camera, and b) setting up a VPN on your router (a post on this very topic will be published soon).

      As for the ISY, its integration is pretty simple – it just puts a camera snapshot on the web interface (not even in the java console). It doesn’t handle proxying or anything like that. In fact, the same goes for MobiLinc’s camera viewer – you still need to accomplish the above 3 things before you can actually access your cameras outside the firewall.

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