DNS servers

Discussion in 'Networking and Security' started by never2old, Apr 25, 2020.

  1. never2old


    don't know if this is the right place for this question, if it's been covered discussed some place else on ET, a request to please link it?

    fumbling a bit, looking for simple, short & sweet reliable no-nonsense information/help on free public DNS servers, purpose & use?

    what are the best , short scoot around cloudflare & Google pops up.

    appreciate any response or input

  2. tiddlywinks


    Never used a "free" DNS service.

    But I used OpenDNS paid service for a few years in the past, pre-Cisco, for control of different geography... I had an office at all my getaways... and created a personal mesh network of sorts.

    My life regarding IT-related infrastructure is very pedestrian nowadays. The DNS servers provided via my internet provider(s) is all I need/use.
  3. apdxyk


    Cloudflare DNS
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  4. never2old


    what if any advantage/benefit to a regular internet user is there to having a DNS ... that does just basic browsing, streaming, being on a forum, emails?

    appreciate any points - thanks
  5. Sig


    You may be confused about what a DNS server does. It simply convert's www.elitetrader.com into which is what the internet routers use to find the actual site and deliver it back to you. It's basically a big lookup table of URLs and their corresponding IP addresses, that's all. Your ISP has one which is used by default, and unless it's causing you problems for some reason there's really not a lot of reason to go with an external one. It doesn't impact the speed at which you stream or download or upload anything, it's just used once per query to do the url to IP translation.
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  6. never2old


    @Sig thanks for the explanation, I've no need to ask any further confusing dumb questions ... penny dropped.
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  8. apdxyk


    Quad is a better one when it comes to privacy. One can research this aspect, if necessary. Google is the most horrible offender. For browsing Mozilla uses a DNS data protection technique now. There are many things on each network model level one could do, but this can be involved and the work will never stop. If one is fluent in technology, a router on Opnsense with Untangle could be easily built. If not, there are commercial solutions, many many options that steal the precious time of your life.