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Apparently DynDNS does not offer free dynamic DNS anymore. My router does ONLY support DynDNS and there is no 3rd-party firmware to change this. I am searching for an alternative for my requirements,which turns out to be difficult because most google results do not reflect the change and recommend DynDNS. I would need:

  • redirect ssh and some other ports to my home server, a Mac mini
  • have a client or some sort of automated solution for OS X
  • work in background

I tried, which works fine, except that I have to manually confirm subscription monthly. I am not sure what the best way for client-updating on OS X is. But so far, this seems to be the best option.

My question:

  1. Does anyone recommend another dynamic DNS service instead of

  2. Any recommendations for dynamic DNS updating from OS X (Lion Server)?

Thanks for reading and any reply!

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closed as off topic by slhck, RedGrittyBrick, Randolph West, Journeyman Geek, Paul Jun 14 '12 at 14:04

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You're asking for "shopping" advice on a web service, which is off topic per our FAQ. Maybe people in Super User Chat know more to help you? – slhck Jun 14 '12 at 8:17
slhck is right, but I'd see if ddclient is available on OSX. – RedGrittyBrick Jun 14 '12 at 8:50
I'd rather say it's about "computer software" and "personal and home computer networking" which happens to use a webservice. Also, there is another questions here [link] (…), but it still recommends DynDNS. – marimba Jun 14 '12 at 8:52
Thanks for finding the other question, we'll close it accordingly. This was asked three years ago when the rules were different. – slhck Jun 14 '12 at 8:53
No, that's not the primary problem. As I already said, you're essentially asking for others to recommend you something, which is highly subjective. Stack Exchange sites are not a discussion forum, and we don't encourage questions that are polling for a list of answers. Doesn't matter whether they're about actual computer software, a web service, et cetera. I hope you understand that and would like to point you to the specific part of the FAQ again. – slhck Jun 14 '12 at 8:59
up vote 3 down vote accepted

2. There is a command line client for MacOS - inadyn. Inadyn is configurable and supports different Dynamic DNS providers. Also with some services you can use simple curl run as a cron job as a client. curl is a command-line tool, and is installed by default on MacOS. For an examples of how to do dynamic DNS with command-line, you can look at instructions provided by zerigo or net-me. The exact details will vary between different providers.

1. There's a good list of free dynamic DNS providers. I'm too biased to recommend one (see profile ;).

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Great, exactly what I needed. Thanks! – marimba Jun 14 '12 at 14:29

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