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    • CommentAuthorsimpsim
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    I want to take advantage of my router's own dynamic IP updater, which I used to use for DynDNS. I would prefer this solution to the Windows based one as it doesn't rely on any single computer to be turned on in order to update.

    The fields in my router ask for username, password (Which I think I got figured already :D ) and a hostname.

    Is it possible and if so what info do I use?
    • CommentAuthorMarc
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    If you already use a DynDNS hostname, you can use http://dnsalloc.appspot.com together with DNS-O-Matic and OpenDNS :)
    • CommentAuthorsimpsim
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    Ok but my router has support for the DynDNS api already so I thought maybe I could just use that. I'm trying to avoid a PC based solution, since computers on my network are operating at completely different times and on different Operating Systems. Therefore, I could do with a router based solution.
    • CommentAuthorsimpsim
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008 edited
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    @Marc I get your point now! Silly me! That is an OK workaround if I can't get the other to work.

    Many thanks.

    EDIT: I got it to work. Anyone else on Home Hubs wanting the settings, they are:

    Username: OpenDNS Username
    Password: OpenDNS Password
    Hostname: [Network Label].updates.opendns.com (EG if your label is 'home' it would be 'home.updates.opendns.com')
    Set 'service' dropdown to DynDNS.

    Works like a charm. Hope that helps anyone else who wants to use it.
    • CommentAuthorMarc
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    Does your Router support changing the target URL? If so, take a look at this page:
    http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_tech/

    BTW-- DNS Allocator is not running on your computer. It does use any hostname and forwards the IP to DNS-O-Matic / OpenDNS ;-)
    • CommentAuthorexncreng
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    My Router DDNS can update DynDNS or TZO. The steps I took to get it to update OpenDNS:

    1. Enable dynamic IP updates (http://www.opendns.com/support/article/109)

    2. Set up DynDNS account (https://www.dyndns.com/). Populate the router DDNS fields with DynDNS username, password and hostname.

    3. Set up account at DNS-O-Matic (https://www.dnsomatic.com/). Add an OpenDNS Service. Select Network Label created in Step 1.

    4. Create an account at DNS Allocator (http://dnsalloc.appspot.com/). In the Dashboard, add a DNS-O-Matic Service Update:
    Hostname: DynDNS hostname created in Step 2
    DNS-O-Matic Username: Username from Step 3
    DNS-O-Matic Password: Password from Step 3
    DNS-O-Matic Services: all.dnsomatic.com
    • CommentAuthorsimpsim
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    It's OK I got it to work. See my edited post above. Thanks anyway.
    Thankful People: benplanet
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008 edited
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    Strange, when I entered home.updates.opendns.com just for fun into the browser's address line, I got to the guide page, and the first result took me to
    http://www.opendns.com/support/ddns_files/opendns.dud

    Anyone knows what this configuration file is good for?

    Edit on May 8, 2009: I now know what it's good for:
    http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_downloads/
    • CommentAuthorsimpsim
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2008
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    Sorry about that, allow me to clarify. I use a BT Home Hub for my internet connection. The configuration allows the routers internal Dynamic DNS client to update OpenDNS instead of using the windows client.

    I used 'home.updates.opendns.com' because "home" is the label I gave to the dynamic IP I set up with OpenDNS. You can't simply paste it into a browser. You need a client that works with the DynDNS API.
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2008 edited
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    Fine, but this does not answer my question what the configuration file at http://www.opendns.com/support/ddns_files/opendns.dud is good for.

    Edit on May 8, 2009: I now know what it's good for:
    http://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_downloads/
    • CommentAuthormikebrown
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2008
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    Marc,

    Would add some info to your site that states who can the opendns account information? I need to know more about the security and usage of my opendns account information before I will use it.

    Your app is a great idea. Keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    Mike
    • CommentAuthorMarc
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2008
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    Hello Mike,

    nobody can directly see the account information. It is encrypted with AES and stored as binary data. I and probably the Google Appengine guys could decrypt it, but I don't have any reason to do it and Google also has a privacy notice:
    http://code.google.com/appengine/privacy.html :-)
    • CommentAuthorg0nmy
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
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    Hi everyone,
    am I missing something here
    I have Set up my BT homehub to use DDNS
    I have entered the info mentioned above
    and my [networkname].updates.opendns.com without the sqaure brackets

    Does my pc at home have to have the same workgroup name as the network name on OpenDNS?

    MY the router is still using BT's DNS servers
    Primary DNS: 194.72.9.38
    Secondary DNS: 194.74.65.68

    Is there something Else I need to do because I too want to use this feature in the homehub. As I think BT DNS are biased! lol


    It may be a bug with my homehub they arent very good LOL
    Cheers Mark:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
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    According to thread http://forums.opendns.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=203 it is not possible to permanently change the DNS settings in the BT Home Hub. :cry:
    However, you can still set up OpenDNS on your computer.
    • CommentAuthorg0nmy
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
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    Ahh thanks for the info
    looks like BigTed is using security to allow them to control your web browsing
    thanks anyway i will have to use the opendns client
    cheers Mark
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008 edited
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    "OpenDNS client"? There is no such thing. Don't confuse the OpenDNS Updater with the DNS settings on your computer or router! The OpenDNS Updater is NOT an OpenDNS client, it just keeps your dynamic IP address in sync with the one registered in your OpenDNS network.

    Or in other words: DNS settings is far nothing to do with dynamic IP address updates, but both are mandatory to get all OpenDNS features to work.

    DNS settings on your computer or router cause that you are using OpenDNS' DNS servers for your DNS queries.
    Dynamic IP address updates against your OpenDNS network allow the features like filtering, shortcuts, typo correction and statistics to take effect at all.

    So far, if your BT Home Hub is able to do this update job as well, don't hesitate to configure it there. It is the preferred place in comparison to your computer, if it works reliable on your router.
    • CommentAuthorrayle
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
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    Hi Mark, I have already posted this elsewhere, but to sav you searching, this is from the HomeHub Forum for your info

    Below is a quote from the BT HomeHub Forum Moderator which explains

    This isn't possible in the Home Hub 2.0 because allowing the primary and secondary DNS addresses to be edited on the Hub could be a security risk in certain situations. We closed this potential vulnerability in our Home Hub 1.0 and 1.5 firmware some time ago.

    Basically if the DNS could be edited, and if a 'hacker' was able to gain access to the customer's network, then the your valid DNS could be replaced with a spoof one which re-directed all the customers enquiries, allowing the interception of private traffic e.g. banking information.

    If you want to use OpenDNS you'll need to change the DNS settings on your computer or other devices.
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
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    Yes, confirmed, that is exactly what I stated as well.
    Did I say to set up the DNS server settings on the router? No!

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