freedns.afraid.org now working with Fonera

Just a quick note to let you know that freedns.afraid.org now works as a dynamic DNS provider for the Fonera. The current firmware already included this provider in the list of DDNS providers, but until today there was an incompatibility related to the way url parameters were encoded (see ticket #1300 for details).

After reporting this problem to the adminstrators at afraid.org, they promptly replied and made a change at their end to fix this incompatbility, so the DDNS service from afraid.org is now available for use with the Fonera.

Screenshot of afraid.org (edited for size)

Because their DDNS update procedure is slightly different than others, I’ll expand a bit on how to use their service. freedns.org works with the concept of an update url with a single update key inside, instead of a username/password. To use their service, you create a subdomain in their Dynamic DNS panel. In that same panel, you’ll see a link called “Direct URL”, which points to something like http://freedns.afraid.org/dynamic/update.php?VWNGMEVxMzFVMVVBQxYIam1KZ0FBQUFiOjc3Mjc0NjE=. In this url, everything after the ? is the update key (including the = at the end).

To set up the Fonera to use this DDNS provider, fill in the domain name you picked (like “example.d-n-s.name”) in the “Domain name to update” field and put the key (VWNGMEVxMzFVMVVBQxYIam1KZ0FBQUFiOjc3Mjc0NjE= in the example) in the “password” field. Leave the username field empty.

Fonera WebUI

Thanks to Josh at afraid.org for making this work!

6 Responses to “freedns.afraid.org now working with Fonera”

  1. Reloweb Says:

    Hi,
    I’ve set dynamic dns for browse the fonera web gui from remote. I’ve activated the remote control of webgui in the settings page but when I browse the dynamic address it fails to load the page. No problems with ftp or transmission… I believe that this is a bug of the firmware.

  2. Matthijs Says:

    @Reloweb, some things to check:

    – Are you using HTTPS to access the WebGUI?
    – Is the DNS resolution correct? You can check this using some service like: http://ping.eu/nslookup/ (fill in your dynamic DNS name and see if the address returned is correct).
    – Are you trying to access the WebGUI from inside your own network, or from another internet connection? The former is known to sometimes confuse forwarding rules.
    – Is there a modem in front of the Fonera that might be missing a forward rule for port 443 (HTTPS)?

  3. Reloweb Says:

    1) I’ve used both http and https for testing. Nothing happen.
    2) The resolution is correct because the transmission’s web gui runs smootly
    3) Another connection
    4) My modem doesn’t have a firewall

    I’ve tried again now and magically works! But the ssh doesn’t work yet…

  4. Félix Blanco Says:

    About ssh and your password. I had the same problem, ssh didn’t work on wan and I read this:

    https://support.fon.com/entries/21928546-Firewall-Configuration

    “…SSH access from WAN will only be enabled if your password is complex enough. A password of at least 8 characters, including at least 1 number is compulsory. Please note that the Fonera may forgets the complexity of your password after firmware upgrades. If you have upgraded your Fonera’s firmware, you will need to re-set the password through the Change Password dialog before SSH access will be enabled.”

  5. Félix Blanco Says:

    Sorry, finishing last coment: ssh works fine for me after change the password, disable ssh from wan in configuration-firewall and re-enabling ssh

  6. fconde Says:

    Any problem detected with the DDNS service “dnsdynamic.com”? A few days ago it stopped working, without having changed the configuration of the Fonera. Does anyone in the same situation?

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