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Dynamic DNS (DDNS) is a service provided by various companies and organizations that allows for dynamic changing IP addresses to automatically update DNS records without manual intervention. This service allows for network access using domain names rather than IP addresses, even when the target’s IP addresses change. For example, is a user has a DSL connection with a dynamically assigned IP address from the ISP, the user can use DDNS to register the IP address, and any subsequent address changes, with a DDNS service provider so that external hosts can reach it using an unchanging domain name.

Dynamic DNS implementations change from one service provider to another. There is no strict standard for the method of communication, for the types of records that can be registered, or for the types of services that can be offered. Some providers offer premium versions of their services, as well, for a fee. As such, supporting a particular DDNS provider requires explicit interoperability with that provider's specific implementation.

Most providers strongly prefer that DDNS records only be updated when IP address changes occur. Frequent updates, particularly when the registered IP address is unchanged, may be considered abuse by providers, and could result in your DDNS account getting locked out. Please refer to the use policies posted on the provider's pages, and abide by the guidelines. SonicWALL does not provide technical support for DDNS providers - the providers themselves must be contacted.

Supported DDNS Providers

Not all services and features from all providers are supported, and the list of supported providers is subject to change. SonicOS 3.0 currently supports the following services from four Dynamic DNS providers:

Additional Services offered by Dynamic DNS Providers

Some common additional services offered by Dynamic DNS providers include:

Dynamic DNS Settings Table

The Dynamic DNS Settings table provides a table view of configured DDNS profiles.

Dynamic DNS Settings table includes the following columns:

Configuring Dynamic DNS

Using any Dynamic DNS service begins with settings up an account with the DDNS service provider (or providers) of your choice. It is possible to use multiple providers simultaneously. Refer to the links for the various providers listed above. The registration process normally involves a confirmation email from the provider, with a final acknowledgment performed by visiting a unique URL embedded in the confirmation email.

After logging in to the selected provider's page, you should visit the administrative link (typically 'add' or 'manage'), and create your host entries. This must be performed prior to attempting to use the dynamic DNS client on SonicOS.

Click on the Add button displays the Add DDNS Profile window.

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