Since no one has posted with information about the “Other” setting, I decided to run some experiments
M goals for DDNS: simple setup, Free account (can’t justify more right now), Only need 1 host/domain, Router to act as update agent. Yes, I run Linux Mint, but I don’t want to complicate their configuration with such a task, when the router should be able to handle that by itself. Same for my Synology NAS - I have been looking at its outbound connections to try to keep it fairly confined. Below are the results of my experiments for any who are interested.
Setup test accounts with the following:
Appears that free accounts here are no longer offered. Learned that Oracle now owns this service, so no surprise. Skipped this one.
Free account available, but free account hosts are deleted unless verified in use every 30 days: too inconvenient for me.
Free account available, good list of available domains, router was able to act as update agent. Later discovered that router can also update this service using the “Other” setting. Don’t really care for their Account management web portal.
Free account available, added the changeip.com account, was successfully updated by router. Later discovered it won’t operate w/ ydns.eu: issue open for at least 2 years, not fixed. Then discovered that dns-o-matic.com and OpenDNS are now owned by Cisco, so no surprise that issues are ignored. Cisco is famous for this behavior. Won’t continue using this service.
Free account created, only 1 available domain. Successfully updated IP via bash script, but not using dns-o-matic.com (see above). Also failed to update under router’s “Other” setting, but documentation is limited.
Free account created, good list of available domains. Successfully updated IP using router under “Other” setting, also using dns-o-matic.com.
Free account created, good list of available domains. Management website is good, simple, clean. Failed to update IP using router under “Other” setting. Did not test dns-o-matic.com.
Looked at this service, did not test. I’m sure it would work with a script updater on my Linux Mint unit, possibly run on my Synology NAS. But the documentation and support is more technical than any other service I looked at. It might work with my router as updater or not - it is supported on routers using DD-Wrt firmware. Not for the uninitiated.
Of the 3 services that are directly supported for updating by the router, only 1 appears to offer a usable free account for those that fit that category.
I was able to configure 2 services for update using the “Other” option. There may be a number of other services that will also work, would take more experiments to see. But there are usable options for those that fit this use case. To use the “Other” setting, will usually need to review the service’s API or other documentation.