I have tried hard to make OPENDNS work with DNS-O-MATIC but I could never get the OPENDNS service in DNS-O-MATIC to update the other services I tried, despite reading all the forum posts and having a lot of experience with IP generally over many years. I added afraid.org, dnsexit,com and recently, changeip.org as I read that it didn't work and got fixed.
I see there are quite a few posts from people who are mystified - guess most abandon OPENDNS without posting. Please improve the documentation, I want you guys to stay in business!
For example, I read on the forum that, among the many hidden 'gotchas', you need to use all.dnsomatic.com -you guys could think about making that better known.
When I do https://updates.dnsomatic.com/nic/update?hostname=all.dnsomatic.com and login with my username and password, it gives me my dynamic IP so I guess something is working, but what?
Why were all the services I added still "waiting for the first update"?
So I abandoned OPENDNS and have been relying on the DYNDNS.org service built into my router but now they are abolishing their free accounts.
q1) I wanted to use my router to update DNS-O-MATIC directly, but am stuck with some of the field entries:
Host: Wanted to use the 'network 'LABEL' given in my OpenDNS account dashboard, but instead used:
User name: the email address registered as part of my account at opendns.com
Server Address: what do I put? 126.96.36.199 is the DNSOMATIC IP address, so that's what I put?
Server port: what do I put? I put 80 as I couldn't see anything about any special ports anywhere
q2) I don't see why, as OPENDNS always knows my public IP address and you guys created DNS-O-MATIC, anyone ever needs a client updater. Can you please explain?
q3) Why do you want people to install client updater software on their PCs? Your docs ask that the device with the client updater on it is always on - that is such as waste when the only device that needs to be on is the router and, when that is on, you guys know the IP address anyway. Routers nowadays have USB ports for hard drives - if an ordinary home user has stored their photos on a router-attached hard drive, why do they need to leave their PC on at home all day (and not able to sleep) when they want to access their photos from work? I am sure the DNS infrastructure at OPENDNS is elegant and wastes nothing, so why ask your users to waste CPU cycles and power?
Thanks for your patience in dealing with these issues - please accept that you may have an opportunity to improve the quality of your service here, as I reckon I'm not the only idiot among your users...
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