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Dynamic DNS No Longer Supported?

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PJ\'sPal Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Nov 23, 2012 1:39 AM

11/23/2012

Can you please tell me, does the current version of Airport Extreme router and the current version of Airport Utility support  Dynamic DNS  (DDNS)? 

 

The current version (2012) of Airport Extreme router:  A1408  and MD031LL/A.

The current firmware version of the Airport Extremes=: 7.6.1

 

The current version of Airport Utilty: 6.1

 

 

I seemed to have read at http://dyn.com/support/airport-time-capsule-with-dynamic-dns/:

"Dyn is experimenting with Zero Configuration Networking capabilities, including support for dynamic DNS updates from Apple networking devices.

Note: as of version 6.1 of the Airport Utility and 7.6.1 router firmware, the Apple Airport Extreme and Time Capsule routers no longer offer the ability to configure wide-area bonjour. This has effectively caused these Apple routers to no longer support sending updates to Dyn Standard DNS."

 

 


 


  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 2:52 AM (in response to PJ\'sPal)

    It depends on what you're asking and trying to do.

     

    If you're simply trying to find a method to update your DDNS account with your current IP address then this has never been done via Airport basestations. Do this via your modem is it has DynDNS support else a DynDNS update client for OS X or Windows. I use the OS X client from my server as it's always on.

     

    If on the other hand you are trying to offer wide-area bonjour services thats another matter completely.

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 3:44 AM (in response to PJ\'sPal)

    Even if your server is "most of the time" I would probably think that's sufficient. If DDNS and NAT doesn't have a target to send traffic to then what does it really matter where your DDNS address is pointing to? In any case I find the update client running from a Mac or Windows computer to be the most reliable of the lot. While a modem client will be the most immediate I've never found them to be that reliable as they'll sometime not connect when you get a new IP address. That's fine but they don't retry so you never get updated if that initial attempt fails. Update clients run on a computer will operate periodically.

  • trigas Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2012 2:35 AM (in response to infinite vortex)

    An update on my last findings ...

     

    Lastest versions of Airport utility supports "back to my mac" which will enable the possibility to remotelly acess you TC. That said, you can check which ip address you have on the basestation of you TC. IF DDNS is not working for some reason, probably it's because you basestation ip address changed. Just go to you ddns provider and manually change it .

  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 7:17 AM (in response to PJ\'sPal)

    I use DynDNS' update client which can be downloaded from their site. I have to say that I originally thought it wasn't working reiably as well although after giving it a chance to do the right thing I found out that it was. I use it very well with Lion servers. With regards to Mt Lion, while it looks like it works I can't give any real information as all my clients using Mt Lion Servers also have static IP addresses so it's not been needed as yet.

     

    And yes, the DynDNS updater client looks like it was written in the dark ages!

     

    The reason why this has been removed, and I speak only to the DDNS features, is that Apple needs to keep up with the protocols for DDNS services and while these don't change often they do change. Having more than one service out these who do they then support as they would be contantly lobbied by those left off the list. Additionally, if Apple were to provide DDNS services they also need to offer support for that, which is supporting something that may not be their fault. So while I don't like these removal like yourself, I do get them at times. At other times I wonder where their head is it.

  • random4t4x14 Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2012 9:22 PM (in response to PJ\'sPal)

    The 2012 Airport Extreme does indeed support DynDNS, Apple has just removed the options to set it up from the latest AirPort Utility.  Download the previous version (AirPort Utility 5.6) from here (http://www.filedropper.com/airportutility56)

     

    Extract the AirPort Utility 5.6.app, and move it to Applications/Utilities.

     

    Open AirPort Utility 5.6

     

    Select your AirPort Extreme

     

    Click Manual Setup in the lower left hand corner of the Utility

     

    Click the Base Station tab at the top

     

    Click the Edit... button underneath the AirPort Extreme Name field

     

    Fill in the information for your DynDNS account.

     

    Enjoy!

  • random4t4x14 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 12:49 AM (in response to random4t4x14)

    I was inititally incorrect in my instructions, follow these for the right setup - http://dyn.com/support/airport-time-capsule-with-dynamic-dns/

  • Lightning Jeff Calculating status...
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    Mar 16, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to random4t4x14)

    That's the same link as the OP posted at the very start of the thread - the same one with the statement that Apple has removed this functionality in 7.6.1.

  • Rknaub420 Calculating status...
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    Jul 10, 2013 9:34 PM (in response to Lightning Jeff)

    Why not just plug a LAN port from the dlink, to a LAN port on the airport, turn off DHCP on the dlink, and configure the dynds on the dlink? That's how I do it.

  • Nathaniel Glosser Calculating status...
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    Aug 20, 2013 8:44 PM (in response to random4t4x14)

    random4t4x14 said:

    The 2012 Airport Extreme does indeed support DynDNS, Apple has just removed the options to set it up from the latest AirPort Utility.  Download the previous version (AirPort Utility 5.6) from here (http://www.filedropper.com/airportutility56)

     

    Thank you! I hate Apple's current Airport utility more than I can possibly say. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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