Q&A DNS: blocking ads - Adguard or OpenDNS

Tiamati

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Nov 8, 2016
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Are you sure that OpenDNS can block ads?
I was under the impression that it is mostly a security DNS provider, blocking only malicious URL's.
Yes, you can add the filter to block ads.

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Gangelo

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Jul 29, 2017
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Ok, I didn't know you had this option.
But I would go for the safe bet which is Adguard (more specialized towards ads + trackers).

Edit: Do not forget that if you use a Chromium based browser on Android they circumvent private DNS settings (asynchronous DNS).
 

Tiamati

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Nov 8, 2016
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Edit: Do not forget that if you use a Chromium based browser on Android they circumvent private DNS settings.
I had no idea about that. Can you point me to more information?

But I would go for the safe bet which is Adguard (more specialized towards ads + trackers).
I think the same but OpenDNS has servers in my country while Adguard doesn't. So my first idea was to kept with OPENDNS... I looked around about some info comparingg both but i couldn't find any. That's whyI'mm questioning it.
 

Gangelo

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Jul 29, 2017
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I had no idea about that. Can you point me to more information?


I think the same but OpenDNS has servers in my country while Adguard doesn't. So my first idea was to kept with OPENDNS... I looked around about some info comparingg both but i couldn't find any. That's whyI'mm questioning it.
Really sorry for the late reply, I was afk for a while. Check the below link for more info:

 

Tiamati

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Nov 8, 2016
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ahadns.com or nextdns.io - good options too for ads blocking. The first in my opinion in terms of privacy can be better than Adguard, and the second is incredibly convenient in the setting.

i tested NextDNS and love it. Great configs, privacy, latency. But it's paid (the free version is limited) and it requires dynamic DNS (DDNS) to work properly without using their own apps. As far as i know i would have to constantly vinculante my ip to the account or use their app to keep my own configs.
Adguard does not have its own servers, it routes via 3rd party servers, it actually uses opendns servers as well.

That's strange. Adguard latency is near 5x larger than openDNS in my tests. Maybe open DNS doesn't offer all servers to adguard?

Really sorry for the late reply, I was afk for a while. Check the below link for more info:


I'll look. Ty!
There's no comparison here. OpenDNS' ad filtering is quite limited.
Ty for answering. My early tests seem to point that too.
 
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tested NextDNS and love it. Great configs, privacy, latency. But it's paid (the free version is limited) and it requires dynamic DNS (DDNS) to work properly without using their own apps. As far as i know i would have to constantly vinculante my ip to the account or use their app to keep my own configs.
NextDNS is by default free until 300k queries/ month. After that, filtering is disabled but DNS still works. Normal user doesn't hit that number.

DDNS nor their app isn't needed. Mainstream browser and both Android and iPhone support encrypted DNS native which doesn't need also DDNS.
DDNS is only needed if you want use NextDNS on e.g. your pc or router without their software, without encrypted DNS and with a random ISP IP every 24 hours. For most if not all normal user this isn't the case as nobody use this configuration.

Easiest way is using their encrypted DNS with DoT or DoH. This works native and without program/ App - based on used OS
 

vinylmeister

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Jan 29, 2015
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Why no dedicated App? I highly recommend RethinkDNS (former BraveDNS). It is Firewall and Dns in one, like Adguard, but OpenSource. If you load the app from the website, you cann add custom filter rules from any source. Give it a try. See more on RethinkDNS

As well you can use any other App like PersonalDNSFilter, Blokada, Nebulo, DNS66... Get your phone under your control :cool:(y)
 
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