the itjerk

my adventures with technology

dynamic dns

Most internet providers, heck, most internet connections are dynamic. Your device gets assigned an IP address when it asks for one. Sometimes it’s the same, but more often than not it might be different. DNS works by resolving a hostname like wordpress.com with an ip address, so everytime you type in wordpress.com you go to the same place.

For home computers, this can be problematic. Enter Dynamic DNS services. Every time your IP address changes, the Dynamic DNS service updates the “a record” with the new number so it can continue to resolve. Routers usually have sections to do this, which is good, because they’ll get notified first. It can also be done with other applications, or even with something like cron.

I’ve used DynDns for many years, but they’ve gone from a free service, to a paid service. Even though $5/mo might not seem like a lot, it’s a lot when you have free options. Enter DuckDNS. Although not that extensible, it’s a free service and provides exactly what I need, for free.

On the web:
http://www.duckdns.org/

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