Q&A NextDNS without configuration even blocking anything?

SecureKongo

Level 21
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Feb 25, 2017
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Hey peeps, as many of you used NextDNS for quite a long time I want to ask you something. Does NextDNS block ads,trackers and harmful sites even without an account and without an own configuration?
Tried on some phishing sites, but didn't block anything so far. I would like to set it up on a router level for people who just connect to my Wifi for a short period of time. If it doesn't block much, then I'll probably stick with Cloudflare. :)
 

JoyousBudweiser

Level 12
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Aug 22, 2013
578
Hey peeps, as many of you used NextDNS for quite a long time I want to ask you something. Does NextDNS block ads,trackers and harmful sites even without an account and without an own configuration?
Tried on some phishing sites, but didn't block anything so far. I would like to set it up on a router level for people who just connect to my Wifi for a short period of time. If it doesn't block much, then I'll probably stick with Cloudflare. :)
When the account is free ( till 300k queries), why not create one? You are free to create any number of accounts with nextdns. If it is to be used for router just create one using any email id and configure the ads blocking lists ...
 

Amahl Farouk

Level 1
Jan 11, 2021
34
Are 300k queries enough for a whole network?
I have a network level NextDNS setup with about 6 devices (4 phones and 2 laptops) and at most I reach around 180k per month. I guess it depends on lot on your surfing habits, but they do have a "Cache booster" option that makes DNS queries have a minimum TTL that isn't ridiculously low and helps reduce your monthly quota a bit.
 

pablozi

Level 27
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Jun 14, 2011
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I use AdGuard to connect with NextDNS, so that it blocks some of the ads and tracking before accessing the DNS
Correct me if I'm wrong but DNS will respond sooner than Adguard because the (very simplified) flow is: website address (browser) -> DNS -> IP of the website -> website displayed in the browser. And this last step will be when the adblocker kicks in.
 
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Andrew3000

Level 8
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Malware Tester
Feb 8, 2016
352
300k queries can be a lot or not, it depends on the usage. At the moment I have made 432,770 queries but only 105k are registered on NextDNS (thanks to the fact that I force the minimum cache to 1h). Only by trying can you understand if the service offered can satisfy you.
 

SecureKongo

Level 21
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Feb 25, 2017
1,091
If you use NextDNS as the only blocking solution, you probably won't be able to get 300,000 requests. I use AdGuard to connect with NextDNS, so that it blocks some of the ads and tracking before accessing the DNS, I also manually added the most frequent domains to AdGuard, otherwise spam wastes free queries quickly. One laptop and two phones in my case spend about 280,000 a month.

That is, at least it makes sense to use ublock or its analog in the browser, so as not to waste requests without sense.
I already have a config for my home devices, but I want to set one up for visitors and they probably won't have Adguard installed.
 
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