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How do I use freedns (afraid.org) with Tomato's DDNS?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by premudriy, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. premudriy

    premudriy LI Guru Member

    Hello everyone,

    I'm trying to setup hosting at home with a previously registered .com domain. I've selected freedns.afraid.org to be DNS from my site and now I'm trying to setup Tomato to auto-update my IP.

    In Tomato's DDNS section I can see "Token / URL" field which I'm supposed to fill up, but I don't know what I should type there. What's the syntax? Is it "username:passowrd@mydomain.com" or what?

    Please help!
     
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    No, the token looks something like this : RMYjJIN0F2ZVJrYVRuSTA4bFo6Mzg0OTA1MAcYaSPo

    Mine has 38 digits. I believe it is (SHA-1 ??) hash of the username/password.

    Log into afraid.org, go to the dynamic dns page, and save the wget script. It is a batch file. Change it to .txt and open it in an editor. The token is in there. Incredible how these sites can make life so hard for people, when a simple explanation in the FAQ page would take just seconds to write .....
     
  3. premudriy

    premudriy LI Guru Member

    Thank you for replying, Toastman! I've struggled with afraid.org for a few hours now and I gave up. I have also read that using FreeDNS will prevent Google webcrawler bot from caching my website and it won't show up in Google. Therefore, I decided to go with zoneedit.com: it seems to work the same way and is much easier to setup with Tomato. So, for everyone struggling with FreeDNS: just use zoneedit.com
     
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Google's webcrawler bot won't check subdomains as far as I know, whether these are owned by Freedns or anyone else. I might be wrong. I use dyndns.org - very reliable but now they are restricting new people to 2 free subdomains instead of the original 5, and their list of domain names available is being pared down.
     
  5. premudriy

    premudriy LI Guru Member

    Oh, I'm actually using my own .com domain that I bought and not a sub-domain. That's why I need something different than DynDNS. DynDNS has something called "Custom DNS" which lets me use my own .com domain, but it's not free. The zoneedit.com lets me use DNS for my own domain for free.

    I'm still using DynDNS for my brother's router and I know it sucks that they are limiting to 2 subdomains now. They recently changed their rules. Also, it seems that they offer much less subdomains now. I used to have xxx.homeip.net. The other day I deleted it and then found out that .homeip.net is no longer available. The shortest ones available now are dyndns.org/biz/tv and that's about it. Well, good free stuff do end after a while.

    About the crawler: I ran across some blog where a guy was complaining about Google bot not being able to cache his .com domain with FreeDNS. Then I googled more and found that there is indeed some problem with FreeDNS and google bot. The guy from the blog said that switching to zoneedit.com fixed his problem with google bot, so I decided to go the same route.
     
  6. alexlau

    alexlau LI Guru Member

    How about opendns? does it provide this?
     
  7. premudriy

    premudriy LI Guru Member

    I was looking for the same thing as well, but it seems that opendns doesn't provide such services or at least I couldn't see anything close to it.
     
  8. srouquette

    srouquette Network Guru Member

    You can use FreeDNS with OpenDNS.
    In Dynamic DNS, DDNS1, select FreeDNS and put your token here.
    In DDNS2, select OpenDNS, enter your login/pass, and put the domain you registered with FreeDNS in "network". Check "Use as DNS".
    Go to OpenDNS website, dashboard > settings, enter your current IP and the label should be your FreeDNS domain. After creating it, click on it, go to Advanced settings and check "Enable dynamic IP update".
    Now it should work, you should have your DDNS from FreeDNS, and the stats in OpenDNS :)
     
  9. premudriy

    premudriy LI Guru Member

    Thank you for your reply, Srouquette, but I already set everything up with zoneedit as I posted earlier. Even thought I know how to use FreeDNS as per your instruction, I won't use it because of problems with Google web-crawler bot. But still, thank you very much!
     

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