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Old 05-16-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: NH
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Default dyndns.com trying to weed out remaining freebies

Since going paid only, as long as you kept your account active and updated (via router or updater app) you kept your free account. Just received the following email;

Starting now, if you would like to maintain your free Dyn account, you must log into your account once a month. Failure to do so will result in expiration and loss of your hostname. Note that using an update client will no longer suffice for this monthly login. You will still continue to get email alerts every 30 days if your email address is current.

We understand that the possibility of resulting service interruptions may be frustrating, so we are offering a transition upgrade offer to VIP status (Dyn Pro) for just $10 USD for the first year. Under this status, login will not be required and service will remain uninterrupted for an entire year.

There doesn't seem to be a good free alternative, I tried no-ip.com with a couple of clients and it eventually fails to update even though the client is still running.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: ɐpɐʌǝu 'sɐƃǝʌ sɐl
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Why not just pony up the $30 per year? It's a useful service that costs money to run. I've been using them since before they offered a paid version of the service, and don't mind paying the $2.50/month to always know what my home IP is, and have a hostname associated with it.

I realize that getting something for free is always attractive, but I've been changing my mindset about it over the past few years. The age of "free stuff" on the 'net is slowly coming to an end. Content is one thing, and can be supported through advertising, but how does a company like Dyn generate income without charging for their service directly? Easy answer - they don't. I'd rather pay a small fee and know that they'll be around for a long time than take advantage of a free service that could fold at any time and without any notice.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: NH
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I'll likely be taking advantage of the $10 for the first year offer, was just making it known in case people with free accounts wonder why their service stopped working. I do hate paying for crap, but $25 a year isn't something I'll drop my account over.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:19 AM
bUU
 
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What's the big deal about logging in at least once a month?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: NH
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You don't know my brain very well.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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That's why all that kind of stuff is in my cell phone. It's my brain now...
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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I used to use dyn but I haven't logged into my account in over a year I'd guess.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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What's the big deal about logging in at least once a month?
It's an annoying pain in the ass. Oh, and if you forget one month? Oops! Too bad, so sad.
I agree with Dave.

I used to use it but let it expire when I got my Asus Router.
Free DDNS Lifetime service for any Asus Router.

ASUS DDNS Service
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Upstate SC!
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It's an annoying pain in the ass. Oh, and if you forget one month? Oops! Too bad, so sad.
I agree with Dave.

I used to use it but let it expire when I got my Asus Router.
Free DDNS Lifetime service for any Asus Router.

ASUS DDNS Service
Very nice!

Just got a new Asus router and assumed the DDNS settings were for other services, so didn't even look at them. I have a Windows Home Server that has a built in DDNS (via homeserver.com), but this could come in handy for other services.
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