I work remotely and use my companies Intranet in a browser.

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    cervezafria

    Add the domain to your "Never Block" list.

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    rotblitz

    No, not to the "Never Block" list, but to the VPN Exceptions list.
    http://www.opendns.com/support/article/99

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    cervezafria

    Yes, rotblitz is correct... I missed the VPN aspect.

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    zned

    You can only do this for you own network.  I have turned of the "Enable typo correction 'feature'" altogether.  So when I am home on my internal network I can access my intranet.  The problem is when I work somewhere else, at a cafe, at a hotel.  Whomever controls the dns, controls where I can go.  I set up dns on my computer, as well as on my router, but the dns defaults to the router dns.  

    I am probably asking for the impossible.  I think what I am asking for is government regulation so dns providers don't mess with where you get routed.

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    cindelicato

     I think what I am asking for is government regulation so dns providers don't mess with where you get routed.

    Good heavens NO!

    The last thing anyone should want is more government regulations.

     

    We live in a world of rules already; when we use a network with which we have no formal contract, we get what they opt to provide.  VPN to your own network to maintain additional control, but you cannot (nor should you or anyone else) dictate what I do the network that I (or any cafe) offers you.

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    zned

    dns redirection should be opt in as the default, not opt out.  no one would choose it.  

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    rotblitz

    "The problem is when I work somewhere else, at a cafe, at a hotel.  Whomever controls the dns, controls where I can go."

    This is simply not true.  If you "set up dns on my computer", you'll be sabotaging reaching your company intranet yourself, because then you do not use the DNS of this other network anyway, but you redirect your DNS intentionally, inc the queries related to your company intranet, to a DNS service which cannot resolve it.

    When abroad and really using their DNS service (not the one you may have configured on the roaming computer), ensure that your internal network names are not resolved by their DNS service.  It should not resolve such domains, but should come back with a DNS NXDOMAIN response.  

    If they do resolve your internal names to some fancy IP addresses nevertheless, your alternative is to add your internal names to your computer's hosts file, with their real IP addresses, almost something out of the RFC-1918 address ranges.

    Either way, you should be able to reach your company intranet now, taking care of the points I made above.

    "dns redirection should be opt in as the default, not opt out."

    There is no DNS redirection, but NXDOMAIN redirection.  This is a big difference.  The "DNS redirection" is by you already when configuring external resolver addresses on the computer.

    "no one would choose it."

    The free versions of OpenDNS has the NXDOMAIN redirection coupled with the content filtering.  So if one opts out, (s)he opts out of content filtering too.  Also, these Guide pages and the block pages is where they present their ads to earn money.  Therefore you'll not be able to convince them of your expectations in this case.

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