What happens if you set both the Router and Network Preferred DNS (under internet properties) with Open DNS?

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    rotblitz

    What you should know about this:

    • Configuring on the router has effect on all devices, whereas configuring on the computer has effect only on this device.
    • With a standard Linksys router, computer settings override router settings.
    • Configuring external resolver addresses on the computer may impact or break local name resolution.
    • And no, there are not any circles or conflicts if configured on both, the router and the computer, but also not really advantages, unless you want to use advantages out of the beforementioned items.
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    gary.em.holloway

    So the added benefit of assigning the OpenDNS IPs to your, let's say laptop, is that when you leave your house and get on a different network you can still take advantage of OpenDNS's awesomeness.  Am I right?  

    I had the same question.  So there is no disadvantage to assigning the router the static OpenDNS IPs and also assigning all my computers the same IPs, right?

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    cervezafria

    Not exactly. If you connect through a hotspot, OpenDNS sees a new IP from your laptop, and if it can't match that IP to your account, you won't be filtered. [Note: You don't want the IP Updater running when you are using a hotspot].

    You could though use the FamilyShield DNS servers instead, however that would require you to modify your laptop's DNS server IPs.

    FamilyShield’s IPs are: 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123

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    rotblitz

    "is that when you leave your house and get on a different network you can still take advantage of OpenDNS's awesomeness."

    Rule of thumb: OpenDNS is for your networks, not for your devices in other networks.

    There are two exceptions:

    • Using OpenDNS FamilyShield, as mentioned by cervezafria. You get pre-configured content filtering only. Whatever, you may not be able to use this if the network admins prevented you from using 3rd party DNS services which is often been done and an easy exercise.
    • Using OpenDNS' Umbrella Mobility. This requires extra software on your roaming device.

    "So there is no disadvantage to assigning the router the static OpenDNS IPs and also assigning all my computers the same IPs, right?"

    See my first answer above. All said.

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    icetroll

    Ideally, if you have a router which is attached to a Fiber modem and you also get TV through fiber it is not in your best interest to change the router's DNS.  In my case the Telus system uses the router's IP and DNS to communicate with the Telus TV boxes and changing the DNS pretty much kills all the TV in the house.  So my only recourse is to add the DNS numbers to computers.  And yet the Fiber modem is true IP6 and from time to time the devices get their DNS numbers restored to the IP6 addresses which negates the OpenDNS routing again.  I am really looking for a service could sit in front of my entire internet pipe and filter out unsavory content completely.  just not finding it.

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