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Configuring OpenDNS and an Update Client for Dynamic Connections

Before configuring the software or router update client, make sure you have enabled the dynamic IP update feature for your network in the OpenDNS Dashboard. If you didn’t do this after adding your network, you can click the Settings tab, the Advanced Settings link on the left, mark the Enable Dynamic IP Update check box, and click Apply.

If you prefer to use a software client for updates, you can download OpenDNS Updater. Once installed on a computer, open the program and enter your OpenDNS username, password, and the network label in the required fields.

To configure your router to do the updates, log on to its Web-based configuration screen and find the Dynamic DNS settings, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2

Figure 2 Configuring your router for updates.

Then in the appropriate fields, enter the following to send updates directly to OpenDNS (when using a router that supports SSL updates):

  • Server: updates.opendns.com
  • Host Name: Network label (friendly name) of the network you want to update in OpenDNS
  • Username: Your OpenDNS username
  • Password: Your OpenDNS password

If you find the updates don’t work due to the SSL issue, you can use DNS-O-Matic by logging into your preconfigured account. This service is already set up with your OpenDNS username and password. On the Your Services page, select OpenDNS as the service, which adds it to your account as shown in Figure 3. Then choose the Network Label (friendly name) you want to update and click the Update Account Info button.

Figure 3

Figure 3 Adding OpenDNS to your account.

Now you can configure your router to update to DNS-O-Matic, which will then send an update to OpenDNS. Enter the following for the Dynamic DNS settings of your router:

  • Server: updates.dnsomatic.com
  • Host Name: Network label (friendly name) of the network you want to update in OpenDNS or leave blank (or enter all.dnsomatic.com) to update all the services added to the account.
  • Username: Your OpenDNS username
  • Password: Your OpenDNS password
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