Battle Which filtering DNS would you choose?

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ddave

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Nov 17, 2014
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Honestly, NextDNS is just plain the best right now. NextDNS > Control D > AdGuard Home. If I were you I'd stick with NextDNS, and even get the paid version. It's very much worth the $20/year.
I know NextDNS is very good and maybe the best in town but, in all honesty, i don't need all the features it has.
I just need a good filtering dns and I can live fine without all the information and customization.
If the ranking is NextDNS > Control D > AdGuard Home, where AhaDNS can be placed?
 
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ForgottenSeer 97327

NextDNS and I have recently started to block all TLDs except the most commonly used. My main browser is blocking 45% requests.
Same approach only blocking all non latin character TopLevelDomains in NextDNS and other TLD's we normally never visit with our adblocker (AdGuard on wife's laptop). Using an adblocker for other latin character Top Level Domains, still offers the option to bypass this restriction when needed.
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n8chavez

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Feb 26, 2021
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I know NextDNS is very good and maybe the best in town but, in all honesty, i don't need all the features it has.
I just need a good filtering dns and I can live fine without all the information and customization.
If the ranking is NextDNS > Control D > AdGuard Home, where AhaDNS can be placed?

From what I can gather, AhaDNS is a completely different animal than the others. NextDNS, ControlD, and AdGuard Home are servers, whereas AhaDNS that is something that only uses 3rd party filter lists and is designed to run though another local machine (like Pi). It's not a service. That being said, you can be secure-ish, I guess. That depends on how you set it up. But, if it were me, I'd skip it. You have little to no features with AhaDNS other than the third party lists. The same is not true with the others.
 

ddave

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Nov 17, 2014
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From what I can gather, AhaDNS is a completely different animal than the others. NextDNS, ControlD, and AdGuard Home are servers, whereas AhaDNS that is something that only uses 3rd party filter lists and is designed to run though another local machine (like Pi). It's not a service. That being said, you can be secure-ish, I guess. That depends on how you set it up. But, if it were me, I'd skip it. You have little to no features with AhaDNS other than the third party lists. The same is not true with the others.
Sorry but reading AhaDNS faq page they says:

"What is AhaDNS?
We host zero logging DNS servers with support for DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) & DNS-over-TLS (DoT). Our servers blocks ads, malware, trackers, viruses and telemetry."


Am I missing something?
You're right, they use only 3rd party filter lists.
 

TairikuOkami

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Does that not cause too many issues, a quick look at dns query logs for my home devices quite a number of legitimate requests use tld like .io and .app
A few, but I mostly visit only bookmarked webpages, I have added about 30 exceptions, generally related to streaming.
Blocking google actually causes more issues, since it is used for captcha and other stuff, GAFAM is really everywhere.
 
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goodjohnjr

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Jul 11, 2018
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Quad9 is very good for malware blocking but doesn't block ads and trackers.
I don't know how good is CleanBrowsing DNS but it doesn't block ads and trackers neither.
I listed them because what type of filtering was not specified for this thread, at least as far as I can see.
 
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eXDj

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Aug 2, 2015
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i cant find tutorial for Adguard Home for windows 11 (router tplink not have settings to change DNS Dinamic,i have only Tp-Link,NO-IP,Dyndns),use someone Adguard Home in windows 11 with DHCP,please tutorial
I test NextDNS,but I didn't find it working directly on the router,tutorial ?
TP-LINK Archer AX73 AX5400
 
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goodjohnjr

Level 5
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Jul 11, 2018
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i cant find tutorial for Adguard Home for windows 11 (router tplink not have settings to change DNS Dinamic,i have only Tp-Link,NO-IP,Dyndns),use someone Adguard Home in windows 11 with DHCP,please tutorial
I test NextDNS,but I didn't find it working directly on the router,tutorial ?
TP-LINK Archer AX73 AX5400
This is not for Adguard Home, but if you are trying to change the DNS on your TP-Link router to Adguard DNS Public DNS servers you could use the CleanBrowsing DNS (Free) instructions and just use the Adguard DNS Public DNS servers when you get to the step of entering the DNS addresses.

On Adguard For Windows, you go to Settings | DNS Protection to select which DNS you want to use at the operating system level, et cetera.

Or if you do not have Adguard For Windows, on Microsoft Windows itself, you can also change your DNS at the operating system level for each of your internet connections: https://www.howtogeek.com/767564/how-to-change-dns-servers-on-windows-11/.
 
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