Just a few years ago, the concept of Working from Home (WFH) was mainly a privilege. A lot of people had to endure long commutes, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and juggling work/life balance. However, after the last few years of enduring multiple lockdowns and quarantines, WFH has become not just a luxury, but a necessity. Whether you are the primary caregiver in your home or would rather not lose a few hours of your day banging your head on your steering wheel in traffic, WFH has allowed a lot of workers to be able to get their life back while still being happy and productive employees. More and more companies are not only accepting WFH but embracing it by allowing employees to work from anywhere, not just from home. The results have been nothing but monumental and have forever changed the modern workforce.
In this series, we are looking to you as the employer of a new work style. As an employer of a small business or a growing startup, you might be between continuing support for employees working from afar, or ramping up to allow them to do so in what is now our “new normal”. When it comes to your IP network, you’ll want your employees to easily access everything they need so that they can continue working without any hiccups.
Below are some examples of devices that you can use to connect via No-IP:
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
A NAS is a device, typically used by small businesses, that connects to a wireless router and consolidates storage in one place. It supports archiving and backup, and allows users to share and access data remotely from anywhere, even via a mobile device. A NAS device can hold a variety of different things like audio and video files, websites, and Microsoft Office documents, and is commonly used as a storage filer for the work cloud. This is a great place for employees to access anything internal documents or projects that you are still collaborating on. Check out this full tutorial on how to set up a Synology NAS device and use No-IP to access it remotely.
There are so many reasons to install cameras in and around your business or office buildings. Fortunately, there are so many different types of brands of security cameras, and each includes a long list of cool and fancy features. Sure, you can install cameras that are hard-wired to a modem in a nearby location that you could always access physically. However, these days people want to be able to not only check up on their locations but also be alerted if there are any disturbances or if someone is where they are not supposed to be. Being able to access and pull up a live feed from your cameras at any given moment is both crucial and liberating, especially as a business owner.
Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
A DVR captures video digitally and saves it to a hard drive. These can be hooked up to analog cameras with a coaxial cable, thus making them remotely accessible. DVRs go even further and do more than just record video – DVRs can also have cool features like searching for specific events, times, or dates. If you or any other users need to take a peek into who was in the office, any customer that came through your storefront doors, or any funny business in or around your properties, then this is where you would pull it up. Sure, there are cloud storage options on the market, but keeping this type of information private is extremely important not just for record-keeping, but for security measures as well. We have a tutorial for configuring a HikVision Camera and using a Turbo HD DVR to save the data.
Another method employees can do is directly access their work computers remotely. Work computers that are on site are already outfitted with all the security features. First, the computer needs to be accessed remotely via software or an app and then using VPN to ensure they have approved access. As long as the computer at work stays on, then your employees can easily access it. Ready to setup your computer to access it remotely? This tutorial will help you learn how.
You might be thinking, does it matter the type of device you are trying to connect with via No-IP? And the answer is, no! It doesn’t matter if you are trying to remote access a work computer, or a security camera in your warehouse – The process is all the same and extremely simple to set up. If you add your employees as hostnames or users, then they will have access to any of these devices. Furthermore, with our Managed DNS service they can count on continuous access without any intermittent issues. If you are still scratching your head, you could always reach out to our Customer Success team to help you further. Ready to create your No-IP account and start using our Dynamic DNS to access your devices remotely? Get started now.