Hello gdbr. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!
FWIW, I currently use Dynamic DNS services from DynDNS. However, since my AEBSn is downstream and bridged, I am currently using this service with my Cisco router instead ... so I can't assure you 100% success using it with the AirPort.
Hi, Tesserax. Thanks for the welcome!
I've been using DynDNS with a D-Link router, but it got replaced.
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Which means it CAN be done, but only with Custom DNS. First, I think $29.95 for just a pointer is a little expensive; second, I would have to move my DNS services from my hosting. Too much ado, so I'm looking for an alternative — without success so far. I just want something that uses DNS Update protocol and TSIG security.
Meanwhile, I set up an API from my hosting and a perl script running on the boot to check if DNS is pointing to the right IP. It just works, clean and simple. But it's not a built-in solution and I cannot take advantage of wide area Bonjour, for example.
So, if does anyone know about it — a free dynamic dns service that uses DNS Update protocol and TSIG security —, please let me know.
Have there been any new developments on this?
I've got an FTP server port-mapped on Airport Extreme, but would like to dynamically update a domain to get around my ISP's DHCP.
Should also mention that I'm only using this for home use, so I'm not interested in 30$/annum solutions through custom dns.
Many thanks for your help!
As far as I can tell, there is still no way to do this for free from the Airport Extreme. Here are the options I've found:
- You can pay $30/year to dyn.com and route your own (purchased) domain name to your Airport Extreme (link)
- You can run a DynamicDNS client on one of your computers
- You can use another device on your home network (old router, webcam, etc.) with a built-in dyn dns updater to update your address
It's expecially frustrating that older Airports had the ability to update Dynamic DNS services, but it was dropped with software updates and was never available for the newer hardware. I assume Apple was tring to set a new standard for the industry, but it looks like no one is following. Or perhaps iCloud integration is the ultimte goal. Regardless, I'm unable to use my Apple router for dynamic DNS udpates. I'm using the third option.