Setup OpenDNS for your Home Network

In a recent project, I started using OpenDNS over other available options. Initially, my home network was using my ISP’s DNS servers. They’re slow and do almost nothing to keep my information safe. So, why, OpenDNS?  

  • Websites load faster and have a guaranteed uptime of 100%. 
  • Its highly customizable, allowing users to pick and choose from filtering categories. 
  • OpenDNS blocks phishing and malicious sites that may try to steal your information. 

Head over to Https:// and click “Learn More” under “Customer.” Click “Sign up” under OpenDNS Home and create an account.  

Now that you have an account, the site will allow you to choose between a Computer, Router, or DNS server. For this, I selected “Router,” forcing my devices to send queries to OpenDNS. 

Depending on your router, the DNS settings could be under “Internet” or “DHCP.” Either way, you will need to set the DNS server settings to the following addresses. 


Check your email for a confirmation like this next part is essential, and that like will take you to your new OpenDNS Dashboard. The Dashboard is where you can set up new networks, configure filters, and configure security settings. So it’s kind of important. 

  • Now we’re going to add your home network to your OpenDNS account.
  • At the top of the page, you will see “Your current IP is,” which is the IP Address you will use for this next bit.  
  • Click the “Settings” tab, and you’ll see “add a network.” In the text boxes, add the IP Address but leave everything else alone. 
  • After adding your assigned IP address, click “Add This Network”
  • Next, were going to name the network and download a tool. The tool, OpenDNS Updater, will automatically update your accounts network information allowing you to go about your business.
  • Click “Done” and a Welcome to OpenDNS box will appear.

Now that we have configured, you’re home network. Go back to the settings page and click the IP address under ” Your Networks.” This page is where you can configure all of your Content Filtering, Security, View Stats, Logs, and more. Were going to start with Web Content Filtering.

Under these settings, you can choose from several pre-configured levels or a custom configuration. At the bottom is where you can add additional domains that are not blocked by the categories above.

Security is where you enable Malware, Botnet, and Phishing Protection. If you visit a website that has been flagged as phishing or malicious, it will deny the request—thus failing to load the page.

Stats and Logs are where you can purge your data, or you can enable it to view all of your DNS lookups. Stats and Logs, if enabled, will allow you to review DNS lookups. If you enable this, go to the “Stats” tab to see the information.

Under Advanced settings is where you can configure smart cache and dynamic IP update. Dynamic IP Update uses the tool that you installed on your workstation to update the router’s IP address, that your ISP has assigned it. Make sure you leave that enabled.

Give it anywhere from 10 mins to 24 hours to successfully propagate to all the clients on your network.


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