Dyndns ending free service

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by FAST6191, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. FAST6191
    OP

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,346
    9,144
    Nov 21, 2005
    http://dyn.com/blog/why-we-decided-to-stop-offering-free-accounts/
    May 7th it ends. A discount is being offered to existing customers for their "VIP" service.

    I had expected that their "sign in" thing introduced some months back was the beginning of the end though I did not expect it to come like this.

    For those unaware your IP address likely changes every so often (hours, days, maybe longer) depending upon your ISP, you can buy a static IP from many of them but it usually costs extra (if you not already on a "premium" ISP) if it is available at all.
    Regular DNS is too slow to keep up with this and it make take quite some time for the changes to filter down (during which you will have to figure out your IP somehow). This makes it tricky to run servers you need to access remotely. Dynamic DNS solves this by providing a domain name that is always pointed at your network.
    Dyndns were one of the first and certainly one of the market leaders for a long time in this service, most routers with support for such things (netgear routers seemingly being exclusively so). It is not so bad nowadays with things like teamviewer being able to dodge many of the problems for remote support and other such things.

    Are many of you still on dyndns and what are your plans to migrate (or pay to stay)?

    Better yet does anybody know a simple service you can run on cheap and cheerful hosting (something you do not even have root access to) to do the same thing? I have not seen anything but someone might know of something.
     
  2. matt123337

    matt123337 Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    62
    16
    Mar 25, 2014
    Canada
    I've used no-ip (as an alternative to dyndns) in the past, but it's sad to hear of this. I used dyndns a few years ago, before my ISP started offering static IPs.
     
  3. oji

    oji GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    255
    54
    Sep 1, 2012
    Serbia, Republic of
    In Soviet Russia you're the Location
  4. techboy

    techboy GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,720
    21
    Mar 15, 2009
    United States
    Pennsylvania
    My "dynamic" IP changes once every 6 months, so I just use A records and standard DNS.

    I wonder if this will affect the D-link DNS service, which is dyndns rebranded and provided free to D-Link router users. I got an account through that version a little while back when I found a free D-Link router on the curb. I've since tossed that router (bricked), but the service continues to work fine at my sister's place where it's updated by a Linksys E1550.
     
  5. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy Resident Mechanical Keyboard Addict

    Global Moderator
    5,712
    4,674
    Jul 15, 2009
    United States
    [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅]
    I think no-ip still offers a free service, but I've been paying them for a few years now anyway.
     
  6. depat

    depat Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    52
    2
    Mar 28, 2014
    i switched to dnsexit.com a long time ago