I'm hoping you guys can help. I've been searching for along time with reading the information on noip.com and couldn't figure out anything.

I've set up an SSH server on a home computer. I changed the port # in sshd_config and forwarded my port number to the router. I can connect to my sever fine if I am on the same network as the server (using ssh -p port# me@private.ip) and can connect fine from a different net work using (ssh -p12xx me@public.ip).

I have setup an noip account and have attained a host-id "me.ddns.net". downloaded the noip-DUC updater to update my ip address. My question, when i tried to ssh -p port# me.ddsn.net (my host name on noip doesn't use the @ symbol), I got a error Permission Denied (public key). To be clear, I can still connect to my server fine using the private ip and the public ip, just not via the host name from noip. As I've mentioned, I do use ssh-keys and have disabled password prompt. Do I need to configure an ssh-key for noip or upload my ssh-keys to noip? I've only been messing with SSH for 24 hours and is very unexperienced. I appreciate everyone's advice.

Thank you.

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    No, you don't upload anything to noip.com; it's only a name server that allows you to connect to your computer without knowing the ip address. But I think you may need to configure separate keys for connecting via the domain name, the same way you did it for using the IP address. Oct 12, 2014 at 1:41
  • "my host name on noip doesn't use the @ symbol" What do you mean by this? It seems very weird that you need to specify the username when using one address and not when using another.
    – fkraiem
    Oct 12, 2014 at 1:51
  • Sorry. it's hard for me to explain it clearly. I can connect find via private ip or public ip. I went to noip.com to register for a hostname(or dyndns) since my ups assigned me a dynamic ip which would constantly change. My hosted is me.ddns.net. I saw instruction while researching to connect by ssh@mydomain but that's not the same format my domain is. I just wanted to clarify that.
    – bbnguyen
    Oct 12, 2014 at 1:56
  • @user308203 please verify what i wrote on on the answer
    – Manco1911
    Oct 12, 2014 at 2:17
  • Sorry. I left the house for a moment and couldn't reply right away. I can connect if I'm on the same network using ssh-p 12xx user@server.ip but not via ssh-p 12xx user@noip.address. I've temporarily removed my keys and re-enabled password prompt
    – bbnguyen
    Oct 12, 2014 at 2:36

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First of all, You NEVER upload your private keys to anywhere.

Let's get this right.

  • Server is running ssh_d service on a different port (12xx)
  • You forwarded 12xx port on your router to the server.
  • You can connect if you are on the same network using ssh -p 12xx user@server.ip
  • You can connect if you are on another network using ssh -p 12xx user@noip.address
  • Both connections you are using the same origin box (i assume laptop)

Please verify this so we can help you troubleshoot your issue.

Just to give you a heads up since you claimed this is your first time playing with ssh. You need to use the "@" to connect if you are running locally with a different username than the one you want to use on the server. This is:

usernameA [laptop] ---> ssh ---> usernameA [server]

In that case, you would use:

ssh -p 12xx youraddres.no-ip

If you use different usernames, then you have to specify it by using "@". So if this is the case:

usernameA [laptop] ---> ssh ---> usernameB [server]

You should use:

ssh -p 12xx usernameB@youraddres.no-ip
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    Thank you for clarifying the username@address.no-ip.
    – bbnguyen
    Oct 12, 2014 at 3:05
  • You are more than welcome. Did this solved your issue?
    – Manco1911
    Oct 12, 2014 at 3:06
  • Yes it did. Thank you very much for leading me toward the solution (which I commented above).
    – bbnguyen
    Oct 12, 2014 at 3:26

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