Connecting & Sharing

The sub-domain "connect.finesstv.com" is only used for satifying the DynDNS service of routers.

Please read "Connecting & Sharing" for more informations about our connecting & sharing service.


Dynamic DNS offered by usual providers

To access content from outside the local network, the TCP/IP address of the router must be known.

Usual DDNS providers offer the service to register and enter the registration data and an URL (in the router settings) to get informed about TCP/IP address changes of the router.

The client gets then access to the content by sending requests to the provider (often a sub-domain of the provider) and the provider will use the updated TCP/IP address to access the content. This content is send back to the client.

As you can see, the dynamic DNS service has a privacy issue: each request (like selecting an archive movie) is logged by the service of the provider.


Dynamic DNS by finesstv

To access content from outside the local network, the TCP/IP address of the router must be known too.

finessTV offers the service to register and enter the registration data and an URL (in the router settings) to get informed about TCP/IP address changes of the router.

The client gets then the current TCP/IP of the router by sending one request to the finessTV domain.

All further request are not send to the finessTV domain (or this sub-domain), but directly to the TCP/IP address of the router.

This way neither the finessTV domain nor its sub-domain knows what (or how long etc.) requests are send to the finessTV Server running on your computer.


How to setup the Dynamic DNS offered by finesstv

After the registration or an invitation by a registered user, you will get a connection key.

Enter the following data in the DynDNS service of your router after the registration:

  • Update URL: Enter "https://www.finesstv.com/servlet/sharing/update_ip.html?regkey=<registration-key>&ip=<ipaddr>&hostname=<domain>".
    Replace "<registration-key>" with the key we have send you after a sucessful registration.
  • Domain Name: Enter "connect.finesstv.com".
  • User Name: Enter the name you used for the registration.
  • Password: Enter anything you want.

Please note that Dynamic DNS can not be used with IPv6 because connecting to the finessTV server needs the static TCP/IP address of the computer and not the router.

If the DynDNS service of your router is already used by another service (or you are using IPv6 only), then you can enter the registration key in the finessTV Server preferences as well. The TCP/IP address will not be updated each time the address really changes, but in the interval set up in the preferences.


If you are just using a connection key send to you by an invitation, then enter the connection key in the client. Nothing else has to be set up to access the finessTV Server.


Disadvantages

Usual DDNS services redirect requests from the sub-domain to the updated TCP/IP address of the router.

finesstv is using only the DDNS service to update the TCP/IP address of the router. Therefore the DynDNS service of the router will propably report error messages that the DNS request did not resolve the correct TCP/IP address. And this sub-domain can not be used to send requests to your router.