Using other DNS with openDNS

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    mattwilson9090

    It is their network, they can organize it and control it however they like. For all I know they are using OpenDNS or a similar service to control and protect their own network.

    Considering that a number of posts in here are about enforcing the use of OpenDNS on people's own networks, I'm not going to be hypocritical and given someone advice on how to bypass the restrictions that someone else has set on their own network for their own reason.

    My best suggestion is to talk to the IT folks at your school and see what is possible.

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    rotblitz

    So what are you asking for? If your school must use "their own DNS in order to access their network", then it is not possible to achieve this with an external DNS service like OpenDNS, because this can resolve internal names in no way.  And this is why you "cannot access the internet via their network" if using something else, not being foreseen by them to be used.

    As mattwilson9090 said, if your intention is to use OpenDNS by your school, you have to talk to the network admin to proceed as of
    https://support.opendns.com/forums/21743760

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    madog65

    Thanks guys. The problem is that at home it is easy to control access by inserting the DNS into the router but at school the laptop cannot have the OPENDNS. BTW is there any software that change the DNS based on location?

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    rotblitz

    "The problem is..."

    No, this is not the problem, but intended.  OpenDNS Home is only for networks you own and manage, not for your devices in other networks you cannot manage.  So easy!

    "BTW is there any software that change the DNS based on location?"

    There is software to change DNS settings quickly but manually, not automatically, e.g. http://www.eusing.com/ipswitch/free_ip_switcher.htm

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    mattwilson9090

    To expand on what rotblitz said, it's the school's network, not yours. I don't know if you are a student, teacher, or staff, but whatever your relationship with the school, they want everyone using their network to use it in a particular way and under particular circumstances. If you want to do something else, or think they should do other things you need to contact the network administrators.

    You're not going to get anyone on here to tell you how to bypass the school's configuration or security.

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    Eden

    Hi madog65

    Depending on your school's network settings, they may have firewall rules in place to prevent users from circumventing their DNS servers. In this case, you will not be able to use OpenDNS while on your school's network. The best bet would be to contact your school's IT network administrator, to see if they are willing to make an exception. Other than that, OpenDNS is not able to provide a workaround.

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    madog65

    The situation is that I'm trying to censor the websites my child is going to and I know the school does not have proper censorship controls. I'll have to speak to them to help.

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    rotblitz

    If you want to do this with OpenDNS, then you have to go for the Prosumer service which is for roaming devices (Windows, Mac OSX and iOS) everywhere.
    https://www.opendns.com/enterprise-security/threat-enforcement/packages/#prosumer
    You may still face issues with accessing internal names though.

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