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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

Yes!

 

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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sirbigspur

thanks!

April 26, 2014, 14:11
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rotblitz

Worth to read: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/OpenDNS

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  1. Depending on the behavior you want, set Static DNS 3 set to:
    1. 0.0.0.0 to fall back to your ISP DNS if OpenDNS is unresponsive
    2. 10.0.0.0 (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 0.0.0.0) - Note: OpenDNS also has these DNS IP's that can be used for the 3rd Static DNS: 208.67.222.220 and 208.67.220.222 - 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 208.67.222.220 or 208.67.220.222, 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 208.67.222.222 as the first resolver address and any two of 208.67.220.220, 208.67.222.220 and 208.67.220.222 as the next two. Add strict-order to additional dnsmasq options so that the router tries 208.67.222.222 first. This is best since 208.67.222.222 seems to be updated with new dns information much more often than the other opendns resolvers.

October 6, 2014, 12:50
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phantomcharlie309

I used Brian Gregory's way and worked great!

Static DNS 1
...
Static DNS 2
...
Static DNS 3
...
Additional DNSMasq Options
strict-order

 

August 26, 2015, 20:06
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phantomcharlie309

208.67.220.222

208.67.222.220

208.67.220.222

August 26, 2015, 20:10
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Brian Gregory

You always want 208.67.222.222 first and you always want to query it first because it's the most up to date. OpenDNS can take quite a while to pass DNS changes on the other secondary DNS servers.

August 27, 2015, 03:58
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Brian Gregory

Oh and I should add that in the latest dd-wrt builds you should not manually put in 'strict-order' because you can just enable 'Query DNS in Strict Order' just above there on the 'Services' page.

August 27, 2015, 04:03