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    Default Connect to device using mac address

    Hi all,
    just wondering, is it possible to connect to a specific device on the web by using its mac address? I have a topfield pvr connected to my network and am wondering if I can do this rather than get a fixed IP address to enable the remote programming facility.
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    andy

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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    If the device is connected to your network, give it a reserved DHCP address, that way it will always be the same and you can then use the IP address...

    I didnt know they had ethernet!!
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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    The pvr has a fixed ip on my network, but I want to get at it from the outside world. I had a fixed ip from Dyndns but it was a hassle keeping it current. I just wondered if I could use the mac addy instead over the net. It was quite handy being able to set it to record when I was at work and hadn't set it up. Just dial up on the net and set it all to go.

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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    Quote Originally Posted by andy View Post
    The pvr has a fixed ip on my network, but I want to get at it from the outside world. I had a fixed ip from Dyndns but it was a hassle keeping it current. I just wondered if I could use the mac addy instead over the net. It was quite handy being able to set it to record when I was at work and hadn't set it up. Just dial up on the net and set it all to go.
    WOW, that sounds cools....however no to your answer of remote using MAC addys, as they can be faked!!, therefore you might end up somewhere else...
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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    Yep, it is cool. Its a TF6000PVRE 2 tuner model (I think there is now a newer one out - the 7000). Freeview is great. Wish it had Prime - but you can't have everything. I might see what it costs for a fixed IP and maybe set up my own server. So much to learn, so little spare time. Sigh!

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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    Short answer is no - outside of your immediate network, the MAC address means nothing.
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    Default Re: Connect to device using mac address

    I second somebody - the transport layer outside your LAN doesn't necessarily use MAC addresses at all - after all, it isn't ethernet any more & I think the underlying protocol at the internet/ISP/telco end (eg ATM or whatever) may encapsulate TCP/IP in a completely different way to ethernet.

    But...

    Quite a few routers have the ability to update the DynDNS server automatically when the router's IP address changes - have you checked that?

    Failing that, your router might support alternate firmware (eg DD-WRT, Tomato) that will.
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