Mailing List Archived Message #40

From: "Al Savage" <> Full Headers
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Subject: Re: [eCS-ISP] GoDaddy DDNS
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:45:05 -0800
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On 1/24/20 2:32 PM, Lewis G Rosenthal wrote:
Hi, guys...

On 01/24/20 02:39 pm, Andy Willis wrote:
On Fri, Jan 24, 2020, 1:19 PM Al Savage < <>> wrote:

    Is what you're discussing some variation of what I'm doing with $15/year <> and a free Debian IP updater client?  Or
    something else?

Sounds like the same thing.  I've not needed it before but knew Lewis now is a reseller for godaddy and if I am going to buy a service, I figured to check that route first.  I want my router to do it as it will handle it at each IP change.

Al: Yes, exactly.

Like Max, I also used your link to SSL Labs, and found I was overdue to remove TLSv1.0 & 1.1: done.  Since I use LE, that required commenting/pasting in two files instead of one.  TG for the internet, I didn't have to search long to find that fix.

Also my memory of what I've been paying dyn for DDNS was off by nine years: I last paid $15/yr. in 2011; today, it's almost $50/yr.

Invoice Date                            Description                       Amount      
717985  June 14, 2008 9:40:48 AM        Account Upgrade (1 Year)          $11.50
870428  March 16, 2009 8:38:07 PM       Account Upgrade Renewal (1 Year)  $11.50
1127610 March 17, 2010 8:18:21 AM       Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (1 Year)  $15.00
1499587 March 14, 2011 11:43:18 AM      Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (1 year)  $15.00
2443413 May 07, 2012 11:04:57 AM        Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (1 year)  $40.00
4330372 December 26, 2013 4:13:11 AM    Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (2 years) $40.00
7633107 June 10, 2016 8:27:58 PM        Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (2 years) $72.00
9450472 June 10, 2018 8:09:13 PM        Dynamic DNS Pro Renewal (2 years) $99.00

The problem with GoDaddy, then, is that nobody, but nobody has a packaged updater script either *in* a broadband router device or as part of a configurable updater for Java or whatever (think INADYN).

Do you mean: no updater script *for GoDaddy's DDNS*?

I recently flashed my router to dd-wrt, and while its DDNS wiki entry doesn't list GoDaddy explicitly, it does offer a "Custom" selection that looks reasonably flexible.

I suppose I should use dd-wrt's facility to perform the IP updates to dyn, but what's configured now works, and I'll likely leave it alone until it doesn't.

dd-wrt is wildly better than the OEM's firmware, in my case.  After configuration, I promptly hit up eBay and procured a backup router, and when it arrived I cloned the first router's config to it, so I can swap out the whole shebang if my primary router ever becomes dodgy.

For a home/hobby setup, this is plenty.

GoDaddy, however, does provide an API for making changes . . .

If GoDaddy can accept IP updates via a URL, it appears that ww-drt can facilitate . . . but I'm not claiming I've actually thoroughly read the dd-wrt docs or anything.  I don't live this technology, like you guys do.

Also, Dyn's standard DNS service doesn't even support CAA records, and these are now (since 2017 or so) considered *required* for any domain to pass muster. GoDaddy actually *does* support CAA records and it's entirely free if your domain is registered either through GoDaddy

I have "Pro" (I think I had too many domains to use Std. anymore), but I just spent a fruitless ten minutes trying to determine the differences between Std. & Pro, and from what I can see, there is no Std. pkg. these days: it's all Pro, and at the rate I'm currently paying.

SSL Labs confirms no CAA for my domains.  Well, I guess my sites don't pass muster in 2019, but I can't say I'm terribly stressed about it.  These days, I barely pay any attention to them, unless someone emails with a complaint, which is darned rare.  If a CA issues my cert to someone else, I guess I'll deal with the situation then.

Full disclaimer: GoDaddy's DNS *has* had issues in the past and is nowhere near the robust implementation of Dyn. That said, again, it's free, and sometimes, free is pretty good.

Yeah, at $50/year, maybe I'd be tempted to spend a couple of hours moving to a robust, free solution, but I won't, because it's not broken enough to motivate me these days.

Al Savage

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