How to Configure DDNS in a Cisco Router

Many times networkers are faced with requirement of Static Public IP Address like when provisioning a Web Server, a lab with access over Internet or even when setting up an email server. In such scenarios, either a new Internet package needs to be bought which includes public IP addresses or else we buy new Static Public Address pool from provider.

However, starting cisco IOS 12.4 onwards, a protocol called DDNS (Dynamic DNS) can be configured on Cisco Routers which allows to update the DNS entry when the Router IP address changes – Hence Static IP address requirement is mitigated.

Below diagram depicts the DDNS service functioning –

Below is the summary of DDNS working with Cisco IOS –

  1. An account needs to be created for registration with DDNS provider. Configure Cisco Internet Router to act as a DDNS client.DDNS provider creates a unique domain name, pointing to the current dynamic IP address on Cisco Internet Router.
  2. When Internet Router reboots or Dynamic IP address changes, it receives a new IP address from ISP. The DDNS client notifies the DDNS server and DNS record is updated with the new Public IP address.
  3. When Internet User wants to access “”, it sends the DNS query.
  4. DDNS repsonds to DNS query by providing the IP address of Internet Router.
  5. Once User receives the Dynamic Public IP of Internet Router (, user ca communicate with Internet Router through its newly assigned IP address.


Below is the configuration on Cisco Router to support DDNS service –

STEP 1 –

Enable the DNS lookup and configure an IP name server

R1# configure terminal

R1(config)# ip domain-lookup

R1(config)# ip name-server

R1(config)# ip name-server


STEP 2 –

Next , define a DDNS update method:

R1(config)# ip ddns update method dyndns


STEP 3 –

In this scenario we will use HTTP as update method under configuration,to specify the URL the router will use to contact the DDNS provider with a new Public Dynamic IP address when a change occurs.

R1(DDNS-update-method)# HTTP


STEP 4 –

Next up, we set the update interval to ensure the FQDN is updated as frequently as possible. The interval settings configuration updates to 1 Day, 0 Hours, 0 Minutes and 0 Seconds.

R1(DDNS-HTTP)# interval maximum 1 0 0 0


STEP 5 –

Finally, set the FQDN that will be updated and enable the DDNS service on public interface (In this scenario Dialer 0 will be used):

R1(DDNS-update-method)# interface dialer0
R1(config-if)# ip ddns update hostname
R1(config-if)# ip ddns update dyndns


To debug the DDNS enter the following commands

R1#debug ip ddns update
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