DynDNS is making making changes to their free Dynamic DNS accounts

I use the free version of the dynamic DNS names provided by DynDNS.  It gives me an easy way to connect to my home VPN.  They provide a domain name, usually for a home network.  Since most ISP’s will change the IP addresses handed out to home users, you need to periodically update the IP address associated with your domain name.

Many home routers have the ability to automatically update your DynDNS account when it detects an IP change.  I have a custom firmware called DD-WRT on my Linksys router, DD-WRT has the ability to update DynDNS (and other providers).  if your router doesn’t have that capability, you can always find a small app or script to run on a PC and update the DynDNS account automatically for you.

It looks like DynDNS made some changes to their Dynamic DNS accounts.  Previously, you could have up to five free accounts, from a long list of 88 domain names.  From now on for new accounts, you get to have two free names, from a list of 18 domains.  If you had more than two names on the free account, you get to keep them for as long as you keep them active.  if you fail to keep them updated (every 30 days), they will be dropped until you reach the free number. If you have the paid version, DynDNS Pro, then you are not affected by the change. 

It’s a small price to pay for the free service.  I’ve been using it for over 5 years and have never had a problem with it. Over the years, I had managed to collect 6 domain names.  Most of them were used for testing, I had completely forgotten that I had them.  I just pruned the list down to two, but I’m really only using one.  With the VPN, I can securely log into my home network while I’m on the road and have full access to my network.

A change at TVUG

For the last couple of years, Griff Townsend has been the President of the Tech Valley .NET Users Group (TVUG), here in Albany NY.  Griff has put in many hours with TVUG activities and has done many presentations for us.  Unfortunately for us, Griff is moving to bigger and better things in another state.  Griff will be missed here and we wish him well as he continues his career in a warmer climate.

As Vice-President of TVUG, I will be stepping up to the position of President and continue in Griff’s footsteps.  Griff will be moving before the next TVUG meeting in September, I’ll be at the next one.  We will be having elections of the executive board officer positions at the end of year, during the December meeting.  Our bylaws are posted here.

GriffGriff is an experienced architect and teacher with a few Microsoft certifications under his belt. While he’s leaving this area code, you can still keep up with him.  Griff has a blog, “Bloggin from my Noggin”, at http://grifftownsend.blogspot.com/.  You can also follow him on Twitter at @vidiotz.  And Griff’s LinkedIn profile is Griffith Townsend.