Can I use OpenDNS with NG Firewall?

Yes, you can, but we've seen a lot of confusion regarding OpenDNS - many of our customers want to use OpenDNS as a "second layer of protection." While this is all well and good, most of the time we see people putting OpenDNS's servers on NG Firewall's external interface, which is not the right way of going about it.

We always recommend using your ISP's DNS servers on any WAN interfaces of NG Firewall. We do not recommend using OpenDNS, public, or internal DNS servers as they can hamper the effectiveness of Spam Blocker, Phish Blocker, and Threat Prevention.

If you want to use OpenDNS with NG Firewall you should hand out OpenDNS as the DNS servers for the end users only. To do this, you'll need to modify the DHCP server settings to hand out the OpenDNS IP addresses during DHCP assignment.  On Untangle go to Config > Network > Interfaces, modify the Internal/LAN interface, and go to the DHCP Configuration tab.  In that tab enter an OpenDNS server IP address into the DNS Override field.

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This way, NG Firewall will hand out OpenDNS to the clients it gives DHCP addresses. If you're running your own DHCP server, you'll need to figure out how to make the change for your particular server software.

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