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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | from the end-of-the-line dept.

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First time accepted submitter mkitchin (1285710) writes in with news about Dyn ending its free DNS service. "For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world. That is why with mixed emotions we announced the end of that free hostname program today, officially turning down on May 7th."

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You cancel service? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684029)

Then sign me up for a pay service! I love being canceled on!

Re:You cancel service? (5, Informative)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46684253)

I smell a business opportunity... Or, perhaps not.

Having used Dyndns for nearly a decade, I'm sad to see it go pay only. Can't say I'm surprised. I figured this was on the way when they went to this - you have to log in each month or we delete your two free host names - that they where just trying to get us all to pay. Problem is, I really cannot see paying $25/year for the services they provide.

Re:You cancel service? (3, Insightful)

YukariHirai (2674609) | about 6 months ago | (#46684341)

I'm also sad to see it go pay only, and have been using it for quite some years. But I figure... well, considering how much I spend on everything else technology and internet, $25 a year isn't going to kill me.

Re:You cancel service? (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 6 months ago | (#46684549)

yeah but at 25 bucks / year you might just as well get something real...

Re:You cancel service? (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 6 months ago | (#46684915)

$25/year gives you 32 changeable names.

Re:You cancel service? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46685289)

For $8-12/year you can get a domain from godaddy or namecheap, both of which offer a similar service for your own domain for that price

Re:You cancel service? (5, Informative)

ncc74656 (45571) | about 6 months ago | (#46685337)

If you had donated at some point in the past, it looks like you get grandfathered in. From the email they sent me:

In an effort to better service our customers through increased support and a cleaner network, Dyn announced that in the next 30 days, we will no longer be supporting free hostnames. However, because you believed in us and supported this company through your donations, we are continuing to fulfill our promise to you: your service is still free for life.

I donated somewhere around $10-$20 once, probably at least a decade ago.

Re:You cancel service? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46685439)

Good for you and them then.

Since I didn't give them a single cent I have difficulty feeling any outrage or even mild anger with them cancelling service to cheapskates like me. They should be more annoyed with parasites like me - it's not like one of those services where they can try to make money from ads.

NOIP does the same... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684465)

But dyn actually stopped sending the renewal emails, thus losing me my addresses, then turning out to have deleted those domains as available options for non-paying customers.

That's when I ended my relationship with them and jumped to noip.

After this though, I wonder how long util NOIP does the same.

Re:NOIP does the same... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46685319)

But dyn actually stopped sending the renewal emails, thus losing me my addresses, then turning out to have deleted those domains as available options for non-paying customers..

Ah, so it wasn't just me then..
That's when I gave them the old two fingered salute...

Re:NOIP does the same... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46685349)

That's when I gave them the old two fingered salute...

\m/

Re:You cancel service? (3, Interesting)

Redmancometh (2676319) | about 6 months ago | (#46685141)

I used them a very long time ago, and recently tried to use them for a project. I ended up just using records from one of my domains, and using a little magic to compensate for the dynamic IP.

My observation was that they've made it harder and harder to actually set up the free service. Every click involved trying to sell me something. It was as bad or worse about "upselling" than godaddy.

Re:You cancel service? (1)

Slartibartfast (3395) | about 6 months ago | (#46685243)

I'm replying because I modded the parent wrong, and this is the only way I know to delete a mod. I'm sorry!

Re:You cancel service? (4, Funny)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 6 months ago | (#46684575)

Eh, They cancelled my account years ago after my router screwed up and started sending them updates to them as fast as it could. They thought it was a DOS attempt or something. It was really just my US Robotics DSL modem telling me it wanted to be set on fire and then smashed into small pieces. But, I understood their decision.

Re:You cancel service? (1)

x_t0ken_407 (2716535) | about 6 months ago | (#46684967)

It was really just my US Robotics DSL modem telling me it wanted to be set on fire and then smashed into small pieces.

Lol!!!

In my case, I've been using them for the better part of the past 5 years...like others, I knew the writing was on the wall when they started that login crap. I've in fact only used them sparingly in any case, as some time ago I just began using a domain name I'd purchased and my own DNS server. Not surprised they're finally taking the free offering away.

Alternatives (5, Informative)

Chrisq (894406) | about 6 months ago | (#46684045)

A quick search reveals http://www.noip.com/ [noip.com] , and I'm sure they'll be more. Anyway isn't this supposed to be a stopgap before IPV6 means we can all have permanent static IPS?!

Re:Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684075)

Permanent static IPs sound like a privacy nightmare, anyway.

Re:Alternatives (5, Insightful)

Chrisq (894406) | about 6 months ago | (#46684089)

Permanent static IPs sound like a privacy nightmare, anyway.

but think of the time it will save the NSA

Re:Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684231)

IPV6 even uses your MAC address to generate an address, so thoughtful.

Re:Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684265)

Yeah, I've noticed that too and it kind of irks me.

Re:Alternatives (1)

santiagoanders (1357681) | about 6 months ago | (#46684347)

They already have your MAC address anyway if you are sending packets to them. The address is only valid on the link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684605)

Then why don't you change your MAC address on a regular basis.

Re:Alternatives (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46684323)

That was fixed, what, five years ago? Please find a new troll.

Re:Alternatives (1)

benjfowler (239527) | about 6 months ago | (#46684329)

For link-local addresses, which only work on your LAN. This obviates the need for ARP (there is no ARP in IPv6).

For any service which requires access to the outside world, you'll get a routable IP over (say) DHCP.

Re:Alternatives (4, Informative)

BenFranske (646563) | about 6 months ago | (#46684315)

I know it's not very slashdot-like to do some research before posting but if you're not familiar with IPv6 please do yourself a favor and check it out thoroughly before spreading FUD. Yes, IPs are (most frequently) tied to MAC addresses _BUT_ you almost always will have 3 IPv6 addresses... a link-local address for communication just on the local subnet, a globally public one tied to your MAC (which you can distribute to people who you WANT to reach you), and a global public "temporary" IP address which you can use for outgoing connections but which will change periodically and will not be tied to your MAC. Of course this all depends a little on your IPv6 stack in your OS but this is how it's typically being handled.

Re:Alternatives (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 6 months ago | (#46684371)

Most ISPs don't change your IP on a regular basis anyway, so IP-based tracking narrows you down to a residential connection already. IPv6 is actually better in this regard because most implementation (yes, including Windows) let you keep a single static IP (or more than one) that you use for publicly advertised services but then regularly cycle IPs for outbound connections. This is something that most network stacks let you tune, but at the extreme case you can use a new IP for every new outbound connection (I think the default is a new one every 2 hours for most systems). This doesn't help much if you're the only user on a residential connection, but it makes tracking a lot harder if that's on something like a university campus.

Re:Alternatives (5, Interesting)

rahvin112 (446269) | about 6 months ago | (#46684165)

Considering Dyn bought several promised "free for life" DNS services then promptly killed them you need to realize they'll probably do it again. They've apparently decided the best business model is buy out their free competitors and put them out business.

Re:Alternatives (1)

g1zmo (315166) | about 6 months ago | (#46684455)

That's exactly what they did to the service that I used (and made fair donations to annually) for years: everydns.net.

Re:Alternatives (1)

rahvin112 (446269) | about 6 months ago | (#46684623)

Yea welcome to the club, there are 700K of us.

Re:Alternatives (2)

radiumsoup (741987) | about 6 months ago | (#46684515)

so you're saying someone could take the vacuum of service this opportunity generates to make a free dynamic DNS service, and once it hits a certain subscriber number, sell it to Dyn.com, then rinse, repeat?

Sounds like a plan.

Re:Alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684599)

Sounds like a plan.

That was my first thought too.

1) Start free DNS service.
2) Build up business.
3) Sellout to dyn.com.
4) Profit!
5) Goto step 1.

Re:Alternatives (1)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 6 months ago | (#46684785)

Considering Dyn bought several promised "free for life" DNS services then promptly killed them you need to realize they'll probably do it again. They've apparently decided the best business model is buy out their free competitors and put them out business.

I'm one of those that got an account when they bought out EveryDNS. They committed to keeping it free for life (but charged $5 for the "transition").

I'm actually a little confused by this announcement. I got an email from them this morning about it, but very little information. They included this in mine:

However, because you believed in us and supported this company through your donations, we are continuing to fulfill our promise to you: your service is still free for life.

Not sure what this means for me. I do have what I think they are referring to, a free hostname in the "from-va.com" domain. I don't really use it much, so I don't care if it goes away. But I've also got 2 of my own domains that I use their DNS services for. I'm assuming that will continue to work, and for no new fees. I better be right, or I'll be raising some hell.

Re:Alternatives (1)

fulldecent (598482) | about 6 months ago | (#46684819)

So... I've just come up with an awesome idea for a business model...

Re:Alternatives (3, Informative)

psychonaut (65759) | about 6 months ago | (#46684435)

With No-IP's free service [noip.com] , host names expire every 30 days. I imagine this will be rather inconvenient for many people, even if all that's required to prevent the expiry is to log into your account (as Dyn.com has required for the past year or so).

if you want a billion static ips (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684535)

ask the usa spy agencies why they are using them

Re:Alternatives (1)

Enfixed (2423494) | about 6 months ago | (#46684561)

Been using No-IP for years, love those guys!

Re:Alternatives (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about 6 months ago | (#46684725)

I already had an alternative for years: my ISP. It has this free service where you login with your account, and pick [chosenname].go.ro - and that's it. Of course, some might consider it as rather limited but I think its more than fitting for a home user.

Re:Alternatives (3, Informative)

jittles (1613415) | about 6 months ago | (#46684979)

A quick search reveals http://www.noip.com/ [noip.com] , and I'm sure they'll be more. Anyway isn't this supposed to be a stopgap before IPV6 means we can all have permanent static IPS?!

I've been using ZoneEdit [zoneedit.com] for a long time. They've changed their business model slightly. Don't know if they still offer as many free options any more, but they have been great for me for over 10 years now!

Viable Replacement? (2)

krept (697623) | about 6 months ago | (#46684051)

Anyone have a recommended replacement service?

Re:Viable Replacement? (5, Insightful)

c4t3l (3606237) | about 6 months ago | (#46684105)

afraid.org?? They are decent.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684223)

Just switched from dyndns to afraid.com.
Fairly pain free, with the exception of having to update my ddclient to the latest version, and then running into a bug in ddclient (the freedns protocol handler in ddclient v3.8.2 must have username in all lowercase).

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

macraig (621737) | about 6 months ago | (#46684723)

Been using afraid.org for years after dyndns.org cancelled my account because I bitched at them about something stupid/selfish they did. Apparently stupid/selfish is par for the course with those people, so I'm glad I was an early emigre.

Re:Viable Replacement? (2)

Rinisari (521266) | about 6 months ago | (#46684109)

Since my primary usage of their service is to access my array of routers at networks I control, I plan on using one of these alternatives if DNSimple [dnsimple.com] , where I have a paid account, doesn't implement dyndns support in the next 30 days:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/ind... [dd-wrt.com]

Re:Viable Replacement? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684171)

dyndns.org
freedns.afraid.org
no-ip.com
zoneedit.com
3322.org
easydns.com
tzo.com
dynsip.org

They are all pretty much the same as far as I care.

Re:Viable Replacement? (4, Funny)

robmv (855035) | about 6 months ago | (#46684247)

dyndns.org

Recursion found!

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | about 6 months ago | (#46684293)

dyndns.org

dyndns.org is dyn.com, so that won't help. That being said, they do offer paid services for more or less a couple dollars a month if you're attached to their featureset or something.

Re:Viable Replacement? (2)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 6 months ago | (#46684869)

Nobody uses Zonomi [zonomi.com] ?

Re:Viable Replacement? (5, Informative)

elerran (1001939) | about 6 months ago | (#46684183)

Been very happy with https://freedns.afraid.org/ [afraid.org] ever since dyndns deleted my free domain because I didn't login to their website once a month.

Re:Viable Replacement? (5, Informative)

ProzacPatient (915544) | about 6 months ago | (#46684343)

Been very happy with https://freedns.afraid.org/ [afraid.org] ever since dyndns deleted my free domain because I didn't login to their website once a month.

This happened to me as well; I used to use dyndns but I lost my domain when they switched the domain I had been using to a "premium" one so then I had to go and reconfigure everything that depended on it to a new domain so after looking at some other alternatives I ultimately decided to use EntryDNS [entrydns.net] with my own domain I bought from GoDaddy.

EntryDNS is donation driven and doesn't have any of the bull I found at over services (login once a month, upgrade to premium spam, link back to their site, etc..) and you have both the option of using a free subdomain and/or using your own domain. I've been very happy with their service and am considering donating something as a token of appreciation.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

drafalski (232178) | about 6 months ago | (#46684871)

I've been very happy with their service and am considering donating something as a token of appreciation.

Consideration should help get their bills paid...

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

ProzacPatient (915544) | about 6 months ago | (#46685249)

I've been very happy with their service and am considering donating something as a token of appreciation.

Consideration should help get their bills paid...

I need to consider how much I can afford to donate and when I can fit it into my budget taking into account bills and other things I need to pay for.

consider
verb: consider; 3rd person present: considers; past tense: considered; past participle: considered; gerund or present participle: considering
1. think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.
"each application is considered on its merits"
synonyms: think about, contemplate, reflect on, examine, review; More

Re:Viable Replacement? (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about 6 months ago | (#46684377)

I moved away from them to DNS Exit [dnsexit.com] after finding out that Afraid's default setup was to let anyone create a subdomain on your domain.

DNSExit isn't without their issues, though. If you don't want to use your DNS client, they have an HTTP updater. Unfortuantely, it's unencrypted and you need to put your password in as a "GET" parameter. Ugh!

Re:Viable Replacement? (2)

MightyYar (622222) | about 6 months ago | (#46684235)

I've been happy with ChangeIP [changeip.com] for several years now, ever since Dyn started their pushy shenanigans.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 6 months ago | (#46684399)

Yes, and disingenuousness. They say they are ending the free service because there is too much abuse. Google, Yahoo, MS, and others can still offer free email, despite all the spam, but Dyn can't continue the free version of a service that is much simpler and easier to manage than email? And, wasn't there plenty of abuse 5 years ago, 10 years ago? They could handle it then, and now they can't?

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 6 months ago | (#46684687)

Let's see...an email service that spams you and blasts ads while you are reading emails every day vs a DNS service you set up and pretty much forget about except when it doesn't work or you need to change something. Yeah...loads of income potential there.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 6 months ago | (#46685017)

I don't really care one way or another. From my perspective, they promised "free forever" and for a while they delivered. Then they started down the annoying their users path and I fled. If they held some kind of monopoly I'd be a lot more worked up, but there are plenty of alternatives.

Re:Viable Replacement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684799)

Alternately, their blog post is just PR spin, and the real reason is that its more important for them to provide service for a few large clients than continue to support the millions of folks who supported THEM for such a long time.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 6 months ago | (#46685075)

5 to 10 years ago most routers and NAS didnt come with Dyn support.

Re:Viable Replacement? (1)

Enfixed (2423494) | about 6 months ago | (#46684621)

Go for No-IP [noip.com] . Been using them for years, personal and business. Exceedingly fast and their techs are awesome when you do have an off the wall issue. (Not affiliated with them in any way)

Re:Viable Replacement? (4, Informative)

Michael Casavant (2876793) | about 6 months ago | (#46684737)

Free Dynamic DNS is fine but....
I've used Namecheap.com for my personal domain for a few years now and recently found out you can do dynamic DNS with them too. I realize it's not free, but, it's my own domain on a service I'm paying for. It's nice having house.(mydomain).com...

Re:Viable Replacement? (2)

Spoke (6112) | about 6 months ago | (#46685101)

Yeah, this. For way less than the price of what Dyn charges for DNS service, you can get your own domain name AND dynamic DNS service.

All with a company that doesn't try to screw you over every year, too.

Their basic service is only $25 / year (3, Informative)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 6 months ago | (#46684097)

I know it sucks to see something go from free to not free, but a while ago I upped by agreement with them from free service to their most basic level. For me its worth the $25 per year. Others may feel otherwise, and their may be cheaper solutions out there as well, but it works pretty well for me.

I also like that someone wrote an auto-update utility (ddclient in FreeBSD) that I can run on my webserver as a daemon to keep my records updated should my ISP change my address on me.

Re:Their basic service is only $25 / year (2)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about 6 months ago | (#46684255)

Part of the problem is some devices that offer dynamic DNS updaters (routers in particular) only support the DynDNS service.

Re:Their basic service is only $25 / year (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684289)

That's a lot of money, considering for $10 the root servers will answer NS requests for your domain. I doubt anyone using a dynamic IP has enough requests to generate $25 a year of traffic. Heck, I can get a VPS that will give me 10+ GB (sometimes 100+ GB) of traffic each month for that price.

afraid.org only needs wget in a cron daemon to work...

Re:Their basic service is only $25 / year (1)

SirMasterboy (872152) | about 6 months ago | (#46684387)

Why spend $25 when you can get an even better and likely shorter domain form something like godaddy or domain.com for about $8 a year for a .com?

You can use http://freedns.afraid.org/ [afraid.org] to make your .com work with a dynamic IP too and that's free.

only a 1st year fix (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 6 months ago | (#46685037)

The providers that you mentioned will sell you a cheap domain name, but only for the first year. Then they want to jack up the price if you want to keep it. If you're only using the name yourself then I guess just changing domains every year might be acceptable, but in my case I have a number of friends who all connect through my Teamspeak server for gaming and it is disruptive to try to get all of them to change their settings (some are extremely non-technical and don't respond to instructions to change an address well).

Looks like I'll try switching to an alternative free provider, at least until Dyndns buys them out or convinces them to start charging too.

Re:only a 1st year fix (1)

SirMasterboy (872152) | about 6 months ago | (#46685087)

Well my first years was $5 (promo code) and the next 2 years have been $10 each so hardly much more expensive in my experience. So it's been $25 for 3 years so far through domain.com for nicko88.com for me.

Re:Their basic service is only $25 / year (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 6 months ago | (#46685095)

Because $25/year doesn't give me one dynamic IP name, it gives me 32.

Re:Their basic service is only $25 / year (1)

SirMasterboy (872152) | about 6 months ago | (#46685133)

Oh OK. If you need more than 1, then that's a fine deal. Personally I use subdomains (which are basically unlimited) for that kind of task with my domain, but that isn't what everyone wants I guess.

Plenty of Alternatives (1, Interesting)

dannydawg5 (910769) | about 6 months ago | (#46684099)

Dyn has been abandoning the free service for a while. Companies are responding to this.

The IP cams and routers I've bought in the past couple years (Foscam and ASUS) have rolled their own dynamic DNS service and built it in to their product. They use to just use Dyn until their customers started complaining saying Dyn is no longer free.

I have not needed Dyn's service in a while.

Re:Plenty of Alternatives (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 6 months ago | (#46685105)

Yeah 'the roll their own service' is shitty as hell, just ask LG

Still free for life for donors (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684103)

I made a donation back in the 90's so I still get my lifetime free vip account.

Other alternatives sell your e-mail address to spammers so beware! I'd use a junk e-mail account.

Another case for open source firmware. (1)

dmomo (256005) | about 6 months ago | (#46684193)

Looks like I'm going to My netgear router to tomato or dd-wrt
The current software has a dynamic dns setting, but it's a dropdown and Dyn DNS is the ONLY option. I hope they release a new firmware relaxing this restriction, but I have not seen any updates in a few years for my model.

Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for. Sony did this when they made us choose between PSN (and effectively any internet communication) or Custom Operating System, changing the terms of our original purchase.

Thank god for open source. But, I wasn't looking forward to this side-quest. I'm sick of things I own ceasing to work just because some external entity wishes to make it so.

Re:Another case for open source firmware. (2)

zerro (1820876) | about 6 months ago | (#46684273)

"Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for."

You mean to say that you already paid DynDNS for service? If so, I dont see how this affects you, as you are a paying customer.
If you are talking about something you paid to a hardware/software company for a router which had dyndns feature - generating value for the said router vendor, but no revenue for dyndns - I'm not sure I understand the fairness in your argument.

Re:Another case for open source firmware. (0)

dmomo (256005) | about 6 months ago | (#46684405)

No. I bought the router because it had dynamic dns as a free feature. Free dynamic dns was listed as a feature. So yes. I did pay for the feature by buying the router. It would have been a simple matter for netgear to allow us to choose our own provider, but the current interface has a dropdown with ONLY dynamic dns. Do you understand the fairness now?

Re:Another case for open source firmware. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684475)

So your problem is with Netgear and not Dyn, correct? So you should complain to Netgear, they are the ones that have your money.

Re:Another case for open source firmware. (0)

dmomo (256005) | about 6 months ago | (#46684591)

Indeed. Thank you for your contribution. I have no issue with dyndns ceasing a free service. I have a problem with netgear selling the feature as "free for life" and locking down the option to use other providers. And I did complain to them.

People were still using them? (2, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | about 6 months ago | (#46684211)

Dyn.com (the for-profit successor of dyndns.org) has been progressively making it harder to maintain your free address for the past 3 or 4 years. First, they made it so you had to update your DNS record once a month to avoid being cancelled (even if your IP address didn't change in that time), then they made it so you had to submit the update through their ad-infested web page, and I think they also increased the frequency that you had to do that. There are many alternatives which still provide a free service that is convenient to use, I'd have thought most users would have switched by now.

Re:People were still using them? Zap2It sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684431)

No shit! GOD DAMN business wants me to part with my money just so I can get some sort of crappy service. Take zap2it (Chicago Tribune). Now that sucks. Worse now with its crappy format. Needs scripting. Hello ads. Terror-cell ads, too.

Re:People were still using them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684587)

I don't know how many of us are left, but I've personally been using my free account to date. Yes, I have to re-register my domain name once every 30 days. I signed up a very long time ago when it was free, and was grandfathered in. Even though it was a hassle, i had many links back to this domain name that i didn't want to give up; forum links, links to pictures, personal web page, ect.. It's been a pain, but at least I've managed to keep it running over the last few years. Now, I'll have to either reconfigure every forum post link, and every website link that I've made, or just forget about them and start from scratch.

The archivist in me wants to not let OC die on the internet, so I'll probably make a list of things pointing to my domain, and slowly update them after I switch to something else. The realist in my wants to just let everything go.

Boo Dyn.com.

-KB57

Re:People were still using them? (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 6 months ago | (#46684881)

I guess I was lucky, in that I was using some indirection which made it easier to switch. From the start, I had my own domain, which was aliased to a dyndns.org domain (actually thruhere.net). I lost that when my update script missed the deadline for some reason, and they'd already moved that domain away from their free offerings so I couldn't get the same address back. I made the switch then, and only had to update my alias and wait a couple of hours for that to propagate. Given that I generally manage to keep the same IP address for 2 - 3 months at a time, I could manually update the IP address if it came to that, but it is easier to have a script to take care of the updating.

Effectively ended last year (1)

mastagee (26015) | about 6 months ago | (#46684243)

This has been a few years in the making -- DynDNS started killing free hostnames that failed to check in within 30 days last June (maybe before?). I suppose you could sign up again, but they also removed a variety of domain names you could choose from. I lost my long held domain with a ath.cx suffix due to forgetting to confirm my dyndns login info after a DDwrt update.

I moved to Hurricane Electric a few years back as my primary dynamic DNS. They'll host your DNS for a domain you own for free, including dynamic update support. he.net

Free Dyn.com account with D-Link routers (1)

psychonaut (65759) | about 6 months ago | (#46684263)

Routers manufactured by D-Link come with their own free dynamic DNS service, which is basically farmed out to Dyn.com [boomshadow.net] . I don't see any mention on the Dyn.com or D-Link websites that they're discontinuing this service, so presumably if you've got a D-Link router you can still create a free Dyn.com account with it.

changeip.com (3, Informative)

shellster_dude (1261444) | about 6 months ago | (#46684275)

I use changeip.com. They provide great, free service, and I don't have to constantly "renew" the service.

Some ISP's offer free domains (1)

w-wright (3525625) | about 6 months ago | (#46684287)

If you have a Static IP with my ISP. You can have a domain name in the style of *.plus.com Do any other ISP's offer this?

Re:Some ISP's offer free domains (1)

Megane (129182) | about 6 months ago | (#46685415)

If you have a static IP, you never needed dyndns to begin with. You could run your own DNS. (I have been since I first got DSL back in 2000.)

It's as simple as (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684305)

freedns.afraid.org. Premium accounts for $5/mo.

That's a shame. (1)

thevirtualcat (1071504) | about 6 months ago | (#46684309)

I've been using my dyn.com domain for probably ten years now. Long enough that I don't actually remember when I originally signed up for it.

Regrettably, they don't register the TLDs I use and it's not worth $25/year to keep a "something.ath.cx" domain.

It was nice while it lasted, though.

Re:That's a shame. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684411)

I've been using my dyn.com domain for probably ten years now. Long enough that I don't actually remember when I originally signed up for it.

Regrettably, they don't register the TLDs I use and it's not worth $25/year to keep a "something.ath.cx" domain.

It was nice while it lasted, though.

tongueb.ath.cx?

Re:That's a shame. (1)

thevirtualcat (1071504) | about 6 months ago | (#46685425)

That would have been hilarious and I wish I had thought of it.

This doesn't even compare... (0)

cloud.pt (3412475) | about 6 months ago | (#46684381)

...to Amazon UK stopping FREE Super Saver Delivery to Europe... ...letting us know by April the 3rd... ...that it was cancelling it for all orders since April 1st... ...SO IT WOULDN'T BE CONFUSED WITH AN EFFING APRIL'S FOOL!

Seriously, anybody who has the necessity to have a named, or fixed location on the WWW should not have a problem getting a fixed IP cheap by their ISP (as in cheaper than leaving the computer on 24/7), unless they are underage, in which case they should be explaining their parent's why do they need to be hosting anything on their computer with such needs, and parent will surely understand, unless parents are like 70'ish year old (which is uncommon for someone underage to have). And I bet there are still many freebies around for the needy ones. This post is to be noted as a warning for current users who might ignore the memo than actually something to take into account in the long run. Business will be business, as usual

Re:This doesn't even compare... (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 6 months ago | (#46684951)

Seriously, anybody who has the necessity to have a named, or fixed location on the WWW should not have a problem getting a fixed IP cheap by their ISP

I'm in Asia. My ISP doesn't do static IPs anymore. I'm lucky I'm on one that isn't doing carrier-grade NAT, though I don't know how long that will last.

easy other solutions (1)

Hussam Al-Tayeb (3423459) | about 6 months ago | (#46684645)

Get a free .eu.org or .tk account, point it to cloudflare dns (also a free service) and point an A record to your own IP.

Moving that way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684751)

The dyn.com service has been moving away from the free model for a while now, making it harder to maintain free dynamic DNS accounts. I have switched over to http://freedns.afraid.org/ and it has worked well for me. The service is great and, as the name implies, free.

Grandfathering existing free accounts or not? (1)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 6 months ago | (#46684803)

I have a free account from years and years ago. It still works as long as I visit a URL that they email once a month (of course, they deliberately make the URL unclickable, while there are other clickable URLs within the *same* email... seriously, guys, offer free or don't offer it, but don't be a dick about it)

What TFA doesn't make clear is whether they are ending the grandfathering of existing free accounts or ending the offering of new free accounts (something I thought they already did a few years ago). The wording they've used is ambiguous.

Re:Grandfathering existing free accounts or not? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684981)

Here's the email they sent to the free account holders:

To our Dyn free hostname users:

For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.

That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers.

We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for a 25% discounted rate, good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more.

Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:

- Login to account.dyn.com.
- Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout.

We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Please visit our FAQ page or this blog post for any additional information.

Re:Grandfathering existing free accounts or not? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 6 months ago | (#46685145)

So thats what people meant by their ' ad infested site'. The link in the email must take you to some ad dump, before letting you continue.

Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46684837)

I still have a grandfathered .ath.cx domain.

Will that be okay if I keep logging in every 30 days, or not?

Overvalued (2)

SkunkPussy (85271) | about 6 months ago | (#46684973)

The service they provide is worth about £1 or £2 a year.

They should (it gets abused by malware) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46685079)

What stops it? This (See B - stops other DNS faults too - bonus): Hosts do more w/ less (1 file) @ a faster level (ring 0) vs redundant browser addons (slowing up slower ring 3 browsers) via filtering 4 the IP stack (coded in C, loads w/ OS, & 1st net resolver queried w\ 45++ yrs.of optimization):

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APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ 32/64-bit:

http://start64.com/index.php?o... [start64.com]

(Details of hosts' benefits enumerated in link)

Summary:

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A. ) Hosts do more than AdBlock ("souled-out" 2 Google/Crippled by default) + Ghostery (Advertiser owned) - "Fox guards henhouse", or Request Policy -> http://yro.slashdot.org/commen... [slashdot.org]

B. ) Hosts add reliability vs. downed or redirected DNS + secure vs. known malicious domains too -> http://tech.slashdot.org/comme... [slashdot.org] w/ less added "moving parts" complexity + room 4 breakdown,

C. ) Hosts files yield more speed (blocks ads & hardcodes fav sites - faster than remote DNS), security (vs. malicious domains serving mal-content + block spam/phish), reliability (vs. downed or Kaminsky redirect vulnerable DNS, 99% = unpatched vs. it & worst @ ISP level + weak vs FastFlux + DynDNS botnets), & anonymity (vs. dns request logs + DNSBL's).

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* Addons are more complex + slowup browsers in message passing (use a few concurrently - you'll see) - Addons slowdown SLOWER usermode browsers layering on MORE: I work w/ what you have in kernelmode, via hosts ( A tightly integrated PART of the IP stack itself )

APK

P.S.=> * "A fool makes things bigger + more complex: It takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Einstein

** "Less is more" = GOOD engineering!

*** "The premise is, quite simple: Take something designed by nature & reprogram it to make it work FOR the body, rather than against it..." - Dr. Alice Krippen "I AM LEGEND"

...apk

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