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Making it easier to join a virtual forex session

Posted 01-31-2009 at 01:37 PM by Cableboy
One of the frustrating things about logging on to a TraderMetrics Network session, is aligning the IP address of the server.

This normally means that you have to open the tm.ini file, find the network settings area and change the IP address:

Network Settings
;----------------

;The following section defines the data for the Network Settings

[Network]

;The server name, IP and port number. If set, TraderMetrics will attempt to use DNS
;to lookup the IP address of the server from the name. If this fails, the IP address
;will be used it is set.
ServerName=
ServerIP=192.168.2.7
ServerPort=2000

Where the ServerIP is the address you should change.


However, I have discovered an easier method to set up a session without having to change the IP address every time. You see, the reason we have to issue a new IP address is that our ISP has the policy of dynamically changing the IP addresses every day. This is a quite sensible security measure, common to most xDSL services.

I found a service call DynDNS which allows me to set a URL address in tm.ini. The service then detects the IP address that is temporarily applied to my connection, and reroutes traffic from the URL to the IP address. This in turn, comes to my router's firewall, where it passes through a "DMZ". This is so that an individual computer on my local network can be 'seen' outside of the network. Again, this is a security measure, because only one port is available.

Most routers allow you to do this. You simply



create a proxy for that PC that you are running TMNS on.

You then register at http://dyndns.dk/ and create a name for the service (not tradermetrics! - that is taken). It is free, and there are probably services similar to this in your own locality.

You simply ask your 'clients' to change their network settings by entering the server name and leaving the server ip blank, as below:

;Network Settings
;----------------

;The following section defines the data for the Network Settings

[Network]

;The server name, IP and port number. If set, TraderMetrics will attempt to use DNS
;to lookup the IP address of the server from the name. If this fails, the IP address
;will be used it is set.
ServerName=tradermetrics.dyndns.dk
ServerIP=
ServerPort=2000

;Establish connection time-out
TimeOut=60

As long as you have logged in to the service while the session is running, your 'clients' will be able to see your session
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