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Offline stan-qaz

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DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:11:58 pm »
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!

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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?

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 01:50:01 pm »
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.
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 09:57:35 am »
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.
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2013, 12:10:47 am »
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!
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 03:30:57 am »
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.

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 09:22:28 am »
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.
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013, 11:20:08 pm »
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

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2013, 01:18:15 am »
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?
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2013, 09:30:01 am »
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!

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 09:56:19 am »
I wonder how long until they start ever-so-slightly changing their login form on their site every 28 days or so :-)
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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2013, 05:02:41 am »
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.



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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 05:23:43 am »
"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...

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2013, 03:53:10 pm »
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.

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2013, 04:01:53 pm »
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.

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Re: DynDNS account account changes - PITA
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2013, 11:31:22 pm »
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.