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I have received my Connect router and I'm waiting for my activation date.
Currently on my existing router and broadband provider I use DDNS.
I see the Vodafone connect router does have a DDNS setting option but only lists certain DDNS providers.. My existing provider is not listed.
Does that mean I can't use my existong provider for DDNS and will need to sign up with one of thse listed in the router such as dyndns.org ?
You don't have to use the router to update your DDNS provider. I'd agree using the router is probably the easiest option but there are other ways to achieve it.
The fact you are using it would imply there is a computer in your network which is on 24/7, install an update client on that and you are all set.
All DDNS companies I know of either give you a client or suggest one to use such as ddclient.
Vodafone will not let customers use any other routers with their service. They won't give out user names and passwords.
I understand you applying the KISS methodology but you have a NAS and personally I would use the NAS DDNS every time over the router.
Once set you can swap the router as often as you want (theoretically at least unless Vodafone change their rules) and nothing will change.
Another reason, most routers are over featured and under powered. Lighten the load a little.
I just spoke to a technical guy called Gary regarding voda router not passing ip address change to the ddns area of the router ( under advanced, additional settings on the router),and he said no one at vodafone can help regarding this issue as i have asked all the technical guys here and none of us even the most technical ones dont understand what DDNS is our job is to make sure peoples internet works and thats it
He said he would like to be able to help but no one there could or would be able to
Whilst it may seem the most convenient way of updating DDNS, routers are often the worst equipment to use. Most are cheap and underpowered, restrictive in who you can use and, like you've experienced, lots of them have bugs. As the only way to fix any bugs is a firmware upgrade you will always be waiting a long time. I'm also not that surprised the person you spoke to didn't know what you were on about.
Unless you have experience of DDNS it's highly unlikely anyone would. This is why, in my opinion, it's vital people can choose their own equipment to enable them to make their own network work.
Personally though I'd always go with another piece of equipment to update the DDNS, all NAS units will have their own/third party DDNS software and any server of whatever flavour, be it Linux, Windows or other, have update clients and they are all far more flexible and reliable than routers.
Had the same issue, wanted to connected remotely to cctv, took a couple of hours to fathom, was originally using duckdns and couldn't get the Vodafone Connect router to play, it just said ERROR with settings that worked ok in another router. I registered a new DDNS name on No-IP, then for the router I used the same email & password that I'd logged onto No-IP in the approriate fields, my new DDNS Domain name then selected No-IP from the dropdown, configured Port forwarding and everything is working. Not sure about the No-IP’s Dynamic Update Client at the moment but will check/test this & post on this thread.
Ok as promised I've checked the Dynamic Update of my IP address, I resynced my line, picked up a new IP address & then checked my No-IP account, good news the new IP address had been updated for my DDNS Domain, I'm running the Huawei 963168_HUAWEIVOX25 router Firmware 188.8.131.52.2184.108.40.206.29 Boot Loader 220.127.116.11.271.1.66. Using TCP on port 9090, port mapped to 18004. Hope this info helps those who are having issues to move forward.
Anyone found a free DDNS service other than No-Ip that works with the VF connect router, I'm getting fed up with renewing my account every 30 days ?
Thanks for that, I used Duckdns with Plusnet but haven't managed to get that to work with the VF router (yet), have a CCTV box which I've not tried loading a client to (yet) but do have a Pi so think I will look at that option.