Add Domain

By seantobinster ·
How do i add a domain to a laptop or pc?can it be done without ringing my broadband provider?

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Adding a domain?

by scott_heath In reply to Add Domain

You can't just "add a domain" to something. Can you be more specific about your goals? What do you expect adding a domain to do?

A domain is something like A host on that domain could be or www and ftp being the hostnames. Hostnames can be anything. These are used so we don't have to remember addresses like If you are looking for something like that you should see what dynamic ip services your router supports. and are good places to start.

Please let me know if this does not answer your question or if you can provide more detail.

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Add Domain

If you right click My Computer, you have the option to join a domain, instead of a workgroup. However, this term refers to a domain in a server environment like Windows Server 2003, on a LAN or WAN.

If you have a single PC connected directly to the internet, it already has a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), which looks ugly because it is based on the (most often) temporary IP address assigned to your connection and the domain name of the ISP. Example (altered):

If you mean setting up a domain name like on the internet and starting to host a web server, that is a different story.

You need to own a domain name which means that you need to contact a domain name registrar, and your ISP may be one such entity and they can tell you more about it. You can also buy domain names from the net. A registrar will first make sure that your domain name is unique in the world wide Domain Name System and that it gets registered. You will pay for the registration and the lease of the name for say 1 to 5 years. Your domain registrar will then organise the domain to be pointed to your IP address, assuming that you have a static IP address from your ISP.

If you only have a dynamic address as part of your internet package, it keeps changing but you can still run a website if you register with a provider of dynamic DNS (DDNS) service. You need to run a small software application in your router or server which notifies the DDNS provider after your IP address has changed and updates your IP address in the name server hosting your DNS record which then gets replicated to the worldwide DNS system.

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