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.
 

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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?
 

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Adguard, though I have a family lifetime license, is useless if I keep the https filtering disabled. Thus, I am looking for an alternative that allows me to use a custom DNS system-wide.
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.
 

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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?
 

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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:
 

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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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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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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:
 

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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
 

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I have two questions about NextDNS. When I configure NextDNS (manually using dns over https), do I have to enter the IP displayed in my NextDNS profile? The second question is: is there a way to see blocked dns queries in Yoga DNS
 

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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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YogaDNS is great I have used it in the past but the best DNS client I have used is SimpleDNSCrypt 0.7.1.

It has the better interface and is already integrated with over 100 resolvers. Support for IPv4/6


I use Cloudflare doH has its noticeably faster than all other resolvers at my location.
 
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