DynDNS account account changes - PITA



  • Just got this in the mail from Dyn, looks like they are working to unload their free users. I'm sure I'll forget to log in every month to keep my account active so I need a new lower hassle free dynamic dns provider.

    This means you have to go to their web page and log into your account every month, not just update your IP as you had to do in the past!

    Starting today, if you would like to maintain your free DynDNS account, you must log in once a month. Failure to do so will result in expiration and loss of your hostname. This activity helps us eliminate hostnames that are no longer needed and/or dormant.

    We understand that the possibility of resulting service interruptions may be frustrating, so we are offering a one-time transition upgrade to VIP status for just $10 USD/year. Under this status, login will not be required and service will remain uninterrupted for an entire year.

    Any suggestions for a good DNS service?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    If you have any domains purchased through Namecheap and they handle your DNS, you can activate DynDNS through them directly and it's supported in pfSense.

    The free providers seem to really be drying up lately, someone else may know of a better free option. I'm slowly transitioning my things to domains I have with Namecheap.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Giving this a bump since I received this e-mail myself over the weekend, as did at least one of our other developers.

    If dyn.com is worth it for you, upgrading to their paid service is certainly worth $10 for the first-year offer. The $25/yr after that is still not a bad price, just over $2/month.

    For me, I moved my hostnames to namecheap using my own personal domains. I'm already paying Namecheap to do my domain registrations, which are $8-10/yer depending on the domain, and since they also handle my DNS, DynDNS through them is essentially free to me since there is no cost from them aside from the domain registration. That's cheaper than going through dyn.com for just DynDNS.

    There are other free providers out there, it would be nice if others who have experience with them would give reviews/opinions on the other choices to see how great (or annoying) they are.



  • @jimp:

    Giving this a bump since I received this e-mail myself over the weekend, as did at least one of our other developers.

    If dyn.com is worth it for you, upgrading to their paid service is certainly worth $10 for the first-year offer. The $25/yr after that is still not a bad price, just over $2/month.

    For me, I moved my hostnames to namecheap using my own personal domains. I'm already paying Namecheap to do my domain registrations, which are $8-10/yer depending on the domain, and since they also handle my DNS, DynDNS through them is essentially free to me since there is no cost from them aside from the domain registration. That's cheaper than going through dyn.com for just DynDNS.

    There are other free providers out there, it would be nice if others who have experience with them would give reviews/opinions on the other choices to see how great (or annoying) they are.

    So far namecheap is the cheapest option and I would move one of my domain from godaddy to them but I can't seem to get to work with pfSense
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,56389.msg338471.html#msg338471

    If someone got it to work with some other service, please share!



  • hello,

    i have been using dnsdynamic.org lately, but you have to create a custom service in pfsense as it is not listed.

    i would tell you how to do this, but i can't figure it out yet.

    https://www.dnsdynamic.org/api.php

    they do have an API.. i tried using a simple URL (example they show)

    https://username:password@www.dnsdynamic.org/api/?hostname=techno.ns360.info&myip=127.0.0.1

    but since the username is an email account, pfsense throws this in the logs:

    php: /services_dyndns_edit.php: Curl error occurred: Couldn't resolve host 'myemail.com:password@www.dnsdynamic.org'

    i'm guessing when using a username of 'username@email.com' the @ it is breaking things.



  • User from DSLreports remotely connected to my computer and after doing tests with namecheap client and pfsense it turns out there is issue with v2.0.3 of pfsense it would not update. His 2.1 Beta was working fine.
    I would upgrade to beta but will wait for the stable since its not a big deal.



  • hey guys, I made this vbscript to automatically log into your free DynDNS account once a month. Just set up a Windows Scheduled Task for once every month (or maybe 25 days just in case) and point the task to this file:

    http://pastebin.com/pJggXjMH



  • @atomicrabbit:

    hey guys, I made this vbscript to automatically log into your free DynDNS account once a month. Just set up a Windows Scheduled Task for once every month (or maybe 25 days just in case) and point the task to this file:

    http://pastebin.com/pJggXjMH

    Thanks for sharing!

    I never dealt with VB other then little bit in excel. Is there any tutorial how to set this up?



  • @atomicrabbit:

    hey guys, I made this vbscript to automatically log into your free DynDNS account once a month. Just set up a Windows Scheduled Task for once every month (or maybe 25 days just in case) and point the task to this file:

    http://pastebin.com/pJggXjMH

    Thank you very much!


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I wonder how long until they start ever-so-slightly changing their login form on their site every 28 days or so :-)



  • Just found this nice guy who wrote a little bash script to automate the login procedure to DynDNS:

    http://emanuelduss.ch/2013/05/zwingender-monatlicher-login-bei-dyndns-org-automatisieren/

    Site is in swiss german, but his actual versions of the script you can find here:

    https://raw.github.com/mindfuckup/Scripts/master/dyndnslogin

    The question is: How can we adopt this in pfsense (full/embedded versions)? I think we only need the curl package, the mktemp can be replaced by fixed temporary names. My first hint for the embedded install would be:

    • Remount the Filesystem RW: mount -o rw -u /

    • Edit /etc/platform, change nanobsd to pfSense

    • Install needed packages: /usr/sbin/pkg_add -r curl

    • Edit /etc/platform, change pfSense to nanobsd

    • reboot

    • hope everything still works.



  • "I wonder how long until they start ever-so-slightly changing their login form on their site every 28 days or so :-)"

    That would suck for alot of people…



  • Yes, a PITA.  I got a message that I would need to login last month, did so, but the IP was correct (and OK in pf) so I let it go.  Host not found this AM…  Not really understanding their reasoning, since obsolete free hosts would expire and be deleted anyway, but I guess whatever it takes to pry that 10 bucks out of you.

    Tried the VBS but fails for me on line 66 [ if reMatches(0) is nothing then ].  Not really a programmer here, so moderately lost… But I appreciate the effort.



  • One easy fix is just run the official dyndns client on a windows machine preferably but a MAC or Linux machine also works.
    I only bother putting dyndns settings into pfsense when its the only thing running on that IP.



  • Their current emails just have a direct link to verify your account. Don't need to login at all. It's especially useful if you have multiple accounts too since you just click the link in each email.



  • @kejianshi:

    One easy fix is just run the official dyndns client on a windows machine preferably but a MAC or Linux machine also works.
    I only bother putting dyndns settings into pfsense when its the only thing running on that IP.

    Will it work?  My understanding is that they are requiring an actual login to their site, not just an IP update action.  PF is already doing that for me successfully.



  • I haven't logged into the DynDNS site in forever.  I have the DynDNS client running in the one windows vm that I keep online.  (At three sites actually)
    Its not given me any problems so far…

    At other places I only have the pfsense client running with no issue, but those  have paid DNS accounts.  I dare them to cut me off.  I'll drop them like a hot rock if they ever do.



  • For those who have a dedicated server on the net (with named/bind as master DNS): don't forget about this Sticky topic.
    With a snap (well, a SNAP) you turn your server in a 'dyndns' look-a-like - and it won't turn its back on you …. (because you are the admin  ;))



  • @razblack:

    hello,

    i have been using dnsdynamic.org lately, but you have to create a custom service in pfsense as it is not listed.

    i would tell you how to do this, but i can't figure it out yet.

    https://www.dnsdynamic.org/api.php

    they do have an API.. i tried using a simple URL (example they show)

    https://username:password@www.dnsdynamic.org/api/?hostname=techno.ns360.info&myip=127.0.0.1

    but since the username is an email account, pfsense throws this in the logs:

    php: /services_dyndns_edit.php: Curl error occurred: Couldn't resolve host 'myemail.com:password@www.dnsdynamic.org'

    i'm guessing when using a username of 'username@email.com' the @ it is breaking things.

    I have a solution for those looking to update a DNS Dynamic hostname via pfSense.

    Choose Custom from the Service Type drop down and set a proper Update URL.
    See the code block below for example URL syntax.

    The key is to HTML URL encode the at symbol in the URL.  The @ symbol is %40 when encoded.

    
    https://username%40domain.com:password@www.dnsdynamic.org/api/?hostname=myhostname.mydomain.org&myip=%IP%