Q&A What DNS client to use?

Divine_Barakah

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Hello,

I am currently reinstalling Windows on all the devices in my household. I have chosen not to run any security solution that does https filtering using a root certificate even if I can disable that option. Thus, using Adguard Desktop is not an option for me.

I need a DNS client that allows me to use Adguard DNS or NextDNS using DNS over https. What do you think is the best client for that use? Thank you very much.
 

Divine_Barakah

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I think that your best bet would be YogaDNS. Simple and highly configurable with rules and you can set it up with any DNS server you want.
I am playing with it right now. Do I need to enter IP address when I configure for example Adguard Default DNS?
 

SecureKongo

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Adguard Windows is a good option after all. As you already said, you can disable the other protections so that there will be no HTTPS filtering. Otherwise YogaDNS is a good pick as @Gangelo said.
 
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Divine_Barakah

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try the NextDNS client if it isn't suspicious to you. It was detected by quite a lot of AV engines before, not sure about now.
That incident made me stay away. In my case, I experienced a lag (high latency) when using NextDNS and for that reason I want a client that allows me to flip between dns services. So far Yoga DNS ticks all the boxes but I keep getting (request timed out) error messages from time to time and I do not know why. Maybe an error in my configuration?
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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I think Cloudfire Families is the best, the speed of Cloudfire with malware protection.
Speed should be good, but its malware protection is not according to these tests:
 

Divine_Barakah

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Speed should be good, but its malware protection is not according to these tests:
When I set Quad9 DNS, I cannot access the internet. Maybe my ISP blocked it? Is it even possible?
 
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SecureKongo

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That incident made me stay away. In my case, I experienced a lag (high latency) when using NextDNS and for that reason I want a client that allows me to flip between dns services. So far Yoga DNS ticks all the boxes but I keep getting (request timed out) error messages from time to time and I do not know why. Maybe an error in my configuration?
Understandable. Just take YogaDNS then, I think it won't fail you. :)
 
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Gandalf_The_Grey

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When I set Quad9 DNS, I cannot access the internet. Maybe my ISP blocked it? Is it even possible?
Could be or the DNS is not available in your region... I really don't know unfortunately.
Maybe you can contact Quad9 to find out:
 

Divine_Barakah

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time=45ms TTL=50
time=100ms TTL=50
time=51ms TTL=50
time=69ms TTL=50

I have set up NextDNS using DNS over https in Yoga DNS and this is the ping result
 

silversurfer

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When I configure NextDNS (manually using dns over https), do I have to enter the IP displayed in my NextDNS profile?

Yes, it's required for your personal setup (your filters, settings, ect.) of NextDNS

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