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This app I created as out of curiosity. The goal is to simply sit on my home server and text me a message if my cable internet IP changes. This way when I am on the road, I can still connect to my server for the various functions that it serves.

The idea is simple, the app with it's small footprint sits in the system tray and checks the WAN IP on a selected schedule (5-60 minute intervals). If your IP has changed, you will get a text message and/or email alerting you of the new IP.

* You will be required to sign up for this free service *

With most, if not all of my projects, I use the opportunities to test ideas and theories. IPGrabber needs server-side interaction. So with this I can test key/license restriction, account specifics, SMS and email connections etc.

Some future thoughts for IPGrabber:

I envisioned a kind of 'butler' like program that I can communicate with on my home server. More than just an alerter, but something I can interact with for the web based software I have. Like if my Air Video server has shutdown for whatever reason, I could send a command to IPG and on the next check-in, it has a command sent to make sure it is running.

I'd like to eventually incorporate this program with my service. So if you have redirect links created for your IPGrabber IP, they will automatically update the redirects based on if your IPGrabber is alerted.

Some remote based software you could use this for:

  • Windows Remote Desktop
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  • VNC
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  • Ultra VNC
    Ultra VNC is a powerful, easy to use and free - remote pc access softwares - that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.
  • OpenSSH Server
    OpenSSH is a FREE version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users of the Internet rely on.
  • Air Video Server
    Watch videos streamed instantly from your computer on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV.
  • VLC Media Player
    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
  • BitTorrent (web interface)
    Download large files with the easy-to-use BitTorrent client. Enjoy fast speeds, a simple interface, powerful options and more. Get started now with free, unlimited downloading.

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