- Nov 8, 2016
Indeed, 300k is a good amount of queries.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
If i fully understand NEXTDNS service, you need to link your queries to your account somehow. There are 2 ways to do it:
1) Link your IP. That's ok if you have a static IP. But with dynamic IP you have do use DDNS to keep you IP working properly with NEXTDNS. Otherwise you need to link it manually every time your IP changes.
2) Using their app: I don't like this alternative because it causes an inconvenient problem. It creates a dedicated VPN on android. And for some reason, every time i deal with apps that do this, i receive a random white screen when i start browsing saying that my network has changed. I've already tried a few fixes to solve this but i couldn't find any solution. I've noticed this problem with NEXTDNS app, BLockada, Adguard, WARP (from Cloudflare). Thats the main reason i'm looking for a DNS to block ads and not a dedicated app.
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
I never heard about Rethink. i'll take a look and give you a feedback
I've tried Blokada and Adguard but they create the problem I've mentioned above. I think its related to the VPN created to filter queries. But i really don't know.
Same reason i mentioned above
The VPN simulation is the problem...Because it's not needed with Android 9+ or up2date iOS.
Apps only increase attack surface and also use a local VPN simulation so you can't use a VPN anymore if needed