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My Router uses DD-WRT Firmware. Can I still use OpenDNS?

Chris Frost
posted this on February 2, 2014, 22:20



DD-WRT is an alternate firmware suitable for many routers. For more information about this firmware, read the About Page on the DD-WRT website.

To use OpenDNS on a router with DD-WRT, configure OpenDNS on the router per the OpenDNS best practices. Next, log in to the router configuration page per the device instructions and go to the Services tab. Under Additional DNSMasq Options, type strict-order and Save the new settings. Finally, reboot the router and manage your account settings in the OpenDNS Dashboard.



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April 26, 2014, 14:11
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  1. Depending on the behavior you want, set Static DNS 3 set to:
    1. to fall back to your ISP DNS if OpenDNS is unresponsive
    2. (a non-usable IP) if you don't want to use any other servers
    3. Another DNS server of your choice (Do not duplicate one of the first two DNS's or it will default to - Note: OpenDNS also has these DNS IP's that can be used for the 3rd Static DNS: and - To ensure that all devices are restricted by OpenDNS Web Content Filtering you should configure all 3 Static DNS entries using the OpenDNS IP's.

Use only option 3 with the additional OpenDNS resolver addresses or, else you will not be using OpenDNS and your dashboard settings reliably, but randomly only.

April 27, 2014, 04:18
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Brian Gregory

For best results enter as the first resolver address and any two of, and as the next two. Add strict-order to additional dnsmasq options so that the router tries first. This is best since seems to be updated with new dns information much more often than the other opendns resolvers.

October 6, 2014, 12:50