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5 Best Free DDNS Service

Using a Smart DNS service is a great way of browsing geo-location locked content and accessing streaming channels that would otherwise be inaccessible to you.Unfortunately, the big problem with Smart DNS is that it requires your IP address to work correctly, and with most Internet Service Providers (ISP) this can change on a regular basis. To overcome this, all Smart DNS providers have a section on their website user area that can be used to easily update your IP address.While this is relatively easy to do and should cause no issues to anyone, it can become a hassle if you have to do it regularly.

This is where a Dynamic DNS or DDNS for short, comes in. You can register a free domain name and install a piece of software on your computer that will then keep your IP address updated as required. At the end of this article, we examine how to set-up a DDNS service from scratch.

Our list here contains, what we believe, are the best free DDNS services, but we also have a list covering the best paid DDNS services (coming soon). A paid Dynamic DNS service, doesn’t pose an advantage to the average person, but it does allow you to register top-level domains, have better support, do not contain advertisements, have unlimited hostnames and domains registered amongst many options. Most providers include different services/limitations in their services so if you have extensive needs, you choose one that suits all of them.

Free DDNS Service Summary

Rank Provider Score Price Link

1

Free DDNS Service
Free Visit Site >

2

ChangeIP Logo
Free Visit Site >

3

DNSExit Logo
Free Visit Site >

4

Dynu DNS Logo
Free Visit Site >

5

FreeDNS Afraid Logo
Free Visit Site >

B

Namecheap Logo N/A Free* Visit Site >

Winner

No-IP

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Great application
  • Software for all major platforms
  • Intuitive
  • CONS
  • Requires activation every 30 days
  • Only one domain choice (.ddns.net)

No-IP is one of the best and most used DDNS services and for good reason. Their free sub-domain based Dynamic DNS service includes features not found elsewhere such as URL and port forwarding that makes it ideal for home networks. With their paid options even more such as email and SSl upgrades are supported.

Their service is easy to use, and the client is very easy to set-up meaning the average person will have no problems with settings it up. The only downside we could find with No-IP was the fact that you have ‘reactivate it’ every 30 days to keep it alive and running.

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2nd place

ChangeIP

4,85/5

Free Dynamic DNS Service Logo

  • PROS
  • Very flexible
  • Quick and easy
  • Large choice of domains
  • CONS
  • Hard to navigate

ChangeIP is a service very similar to No-IP, with the major differences being that it doesn’t support forwarding, and we found the website to be a little harder to navigate. Overall though ChangeIP has a very flexible Dynamic DNS infrastructure and can provide most people with what they need.

Their sub-domain names that you can use is probably one of the largest we have seen and allows everything from vanity to utility. You can also use your own domain with the low cost of $6/year.

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3rd place

DNSExit

4,8/5

DNSExit Logo

  • PROS
  • Business and personal accounts
  • Free DNS for own domains or chose your own sub-domain
  • CONS
  • No port forwarding
  • Signing up and navigating can be confusing

We enjoyed using DNS Exit, but we found the process of signing up unnecessarily complicated. If you’re more technically inclined, you will be able to see that they also support every type of DNS entry options. Like the above options, they also allow you to use your own domain and can provide other hosting and DNS services (of course these will cost money).

Their subdomain names aren’t as attractive as elsewhere (.linkpc.net, .publicvm.com) but they do the job required and are easy to memorize. Their other big downside is the fact they do not support port forwarding. Overall the general consensus is that they are very good, and most people report having a fantastic uptime with them.

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4th place

Dynu

4,8/5

Dynu DNS Logo

  • PROS
  • Port forwarding
  • Lots of domain options
  • CONS
  • Old school design gives negative impression

Overall we found that Dyno gives a great service with plenty of ticks for domain options and URL and port forwarding. Like DNS Exit, you can also register your own domain for their DDNS service at absolutely no cost.

Unfortunately, we felt that their website, navigation and client flow has been stuck in 1997 which is never a good indication of a service.

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5th place

FreeDNS .Afraid

4,6/5

FreeDNS.Afraid Logo

  • PROS
  • Community run
  • Extremely large number of domains available
  • CONS
  • Community run
  • Everyone shares their personal domains

The best and worse feature of FreeDNS.Afraid is the same thing: it is community run. While this is great as it means that everything is free (though donations are highly encouraged), the systems have been designed with the users in mind, and there is plenty of support available.

On the downside, it means that your personal domain (if you own one) is shared and open to everyone else to use and users are more technically knowledgeable.

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Bonus

Namecheap

N/A

Namecheap Logo

  • PROS
  • Free DDNS
  • Great name in the industry
  • CONS
  • Required to purchase a domain

Namecheap is not strictly in the DNS industry but instead is one of the top domain registrars in the website business – hence it is featured on our list as a bonus. However, if you register a domain name with them, you will automatically get a free DDNS service thrown into the bundle.

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How to Set-up A DDNS/ Dynamic DNS

Setting up a DDNS service in most cases is relatively easy, problem free and can be done in a few steps.

  1. Register with a Dynamic DNS provider such as No-IP; either using your own domain or using a domain provided by them. In the image below you can see that we have registered at No-IP with a free domain, and it has detected our IP (which we blanked out for security purposes)
    No_IP_DDNS_HostDomain
  2. If the company allows it and you require it, set up any advanced settings – Smart DNS users are unlikely to need to do this
  3. Download the software provided by the company for the device that you wish to track the IP of.
    No_IP_DUC
  4. Make sure that all the settings are fine and that it is registering your IP regularly
  5. That’s it you’re done, you never have to worry about your IP changing thanks to a free DDNS service
  6. If you’re using a Smart DNS service, then the provider will tell you where you need to enter your domain address

Conclusion

While Smart DNS services are  great, they can be very annoying to use if your IP keeps changing thanks to your ISP. A free DDNS service can make light of this problem in mere seconds not to mention a number of other great uses it can have. If you’re still stuck on which one to use have a look at the summary below or feel free to leave us a comment.

Free Dynamic DNS Service Summary

Rank Provider Score Price Link

1

Free DDNS Service
Free Visit Site >

2

ChangeIP Logo
Free Visit Site >

3

DNSExit Logo
Free Visit Site >

4

Dynu DNS Logo
Free Visit Site >

5

FreeDNS Afraid Logo
Free Visit Site >

B

Namecheap Logo N/A Free* Visit Site >

Peter Selmeczy Written by Peter Selmeczy

Pete is a techy who enjoys streaming content throughout the day, watching new series, and attending movie premiers. Living in Budapest means that I've always got UnblockUs switched on so I can stream any content I want.

21 responses to “5 Best Free DDNS Service

  1. R you people kidding? Too much time on Facebook? DYNU is the best of thees all. It is free and has easy to use application service. Lowering its points for old looking web desing is like choosing a book by its cover or saying that color of a car is more valid than its engine o safety freatures.

  2. Thank you for the list. Couple of things that may need updates though: 1. changeip is no longer focused on DDNS service, probably due to the outage. 2. Dynu has updated their website and control panel and I personally find their service to be the best of all. There is no 30 day reactivation and the IP updates are instant.

      1. I don’t think it’s dead, check their website, they said they had a cascading database failure and had to restore. Their DNS service is back online and the dDNS functionality is now being restored.

      2. Changeip.com most definitely is in operation. They suffered a major outage, but have recovered and all services have been restored.

    1. I got a message that they had a database failure and working on getting it resolved. Last night 12/12, my DDNS service with them started working again, just can’t get into their site at the moment.

      Here was the messages I got from them:
      Service Status

      Sunday 12/11/2016 at 1PM PT we experienced a database failure that cascaded through all of our redundant systems.
      At 2PM PT we started the process of restoring data from systems backup. Unfortunately due to the size of the database
      the restore process is taking much longer than anticipated. Once the database restore process is complete, systems
      operations will be returned to normal.

      Monday 12/12/2016 6:30PM PT: We are still waiting on system to complete database restore.

  3. ChangeIP stinks! I was a long time customer until today. I don’t think I had ever used their support before last month. I didn’t realize my DNS had lapsed and they wanted to charge me a late fee to turn it back on. This doesn’t make sense as it doesn’t cost them anything. After a few emails they were able to remove the late fee but then my DNS didn’t work. I submitted replies to 17 different emails I received and after a 8 days of DNS outage they finally were able to restore service. I asked for them to call me or provide a number where I could reach them and they would respond with “Appologies for our inconvenience. Issue resolved now.” I asked them if they were a bot and received the same response. They are a bot or they do not understand English. Buyer beware. These guys are ok unless you need support which sucks really bad.

  4. You may want to have an eye on https://desec.io/#!/en/

    Although there are a lot of free dynDNS services out there these days, of course I think they are among the first who offer a couple of security features on top, like DNSSEC signing for all records, as well as SSH-Fingerprints and PGP-Keys.

    I’ve been using their service for a couple of weeks now and what I liked in particular is that you can sign up with just your email adress and that they apparently don’t mess with your private data, as they have to follow some strict german privacy laws.

  5. Thank you for sharing the list. It was very useful. It seems Dynu has launched a new website with easy to manage control panel. Not sure if it’s new or not but they also support custom DNS records, IPv6 update.

    1. Thanks for the update Peter. We’re looking at refreshing this list shortly so we will see what the case then will be.

    2. Yes, as you have mentioned they seem to provide a lot of features for free and I have never had to upgrade to membership so far since I just have a couple top level domain names so far. But I would more than happily upgrade to a full membership when the time comes since its so cheap anyways.

      I find their website pretty up to date, fast and actually very easy to navigate especially in the control panel area. The webmail especially is really nice and responsive.

    1. Hi Alberto
      We’ve added it to our to do list. When we have some time we will contact you to discuss further.
      Thanks
      Peter

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