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I do not have a static IP because my external rarely changes. How can I connect via SSH and FTP via an external IP address.

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The easiest way would be to use any of the Dynamic DNS services available. This way, you could use a "static" URL when connecting using a SSH / SFTP client.

The most common way to use dynamic DNS on Ubuntu is using #ddclient Install ddclient.

The community documentation has some information about how to configure ddclient.

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