Configure your TalkTalk Router
Find out how to configure your TalkTalk router to access your Loxone Miniserver over the Internet, so you can always access your system no matter where you are!
Before you start on the setup of your router to allow remote access to your Miniserver please make sure that you have already set your Miniserver to a static IP address and have changed the password. By following the guide below your Miniserver becomes available from the Internet and a using the default password is a security risk.
Setting up Port Forwarding
Port forwarding opens up a port in your firewall and as the name suggests forwards any requests on this port to a device on your Local Area Network (LAN), i.e. the Miniserver.
Please note the TalkTalk router allows port forwarding and port redirection. This means that you have the option to leave the Miniserver on its default port 80, whilst forwarding from a different port number like 7777. The TalkTalk router will then direct the traffic from port 7777 to 80 as defined in the field ‘Internal port’ within the router settings.
Step 1: Login to Router
Open the TalkTalk router settings by typing 192.168.1.1 into your browser. You will now be prompted for a username and password. By default the username and password will both be admin. Now click on Advanced.
Step 3: Configure port mapping rule
Now fill out the fields for a new port mapping rule. Type should be Customization, Protocol should be TCP/UDP, enter the port which you wish to be accessible externally into External start port and end port. We recommend not using port 80 since many Internet service providers block services on this port, instead use something like 7777. The Internal host needs to be the Miniserver’s IP address and the Internal port to whatever port the Miniserver is on (default 80). The Mapping name can be Loxone. Click on Submit.
Configuring Dynamic DNS
TalkTalk allocates IP addresses dynamically to all their customers, which means that the external IP address of your router is subject to change at anytime. In order to know how to connect to your home you have to setup dynamic DNS. By following the steps below your router will notify a DynDNS (a dynamic DNS provider) every time its external IP address changes. DynDNS stores this information in a directory, just like a phone book, so you can simply enter a name in your browser and it will translate this to the IP address that your router is on at the moment.
Step 1: Setting up DynDNS
Open the TalkTalk Router Settings by typing 192.168.1.1 into your browser and login. Click on Advanced, then Advanced again and then select DDNS.
Here you can enter your DynDNS credentials for user name and password, select the DynDNS service and enter the host details you created on your DynDNS account, and then click Submit.
Reminder: Set external URL in Loxone Config
After setting up dynamic DNS on your router please remember to also set the external URL in the Loxone Config for your Miniserver so that apps automatically know how to access the Miniserver remotely. For more information please go to remote configuration guide.