Cloudflare DNS, anyone?

Is anybody using Cloudflare DNS (, and if so what has been your experience with it?

I have, and it’s been fine, I have not noticed ether speed up or slowdown

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Yes. Really haven’t noticed any difference. Works fine. Hoping company will honor its privacy policies. Time will tell.

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Its my default followed by Quad9 (

If you want to filter and put a barrier in place consider using OpenDSN (Umbrella).

I have been using it and it has worked fine. I can’t say that I have seen any kind of profound performance improvement … but the privacy aspect is nice.

OK, thanks everyone, I’ll give it a go. This will be my first step towards installing a pi-hole and DNSCrypt.

Install and run DNSBench (windows only unfortunately) to see which DNS service gives you the best performance. For me, Cloudflare ( and is the fastest and Google ( and is a very close second.

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I’ve used Cloudflare with no problems and it was faster than Google which I was using. Time difference was only observable when directly measuring response.

I have been using for a while and am happy. If I notice a network slowdown, I give a try.

5 years on, does anyone have more up to date experience with the revised Families DNS service from Cloudflare?

I was waiting for them to add the granular controls they talked about, but it has never appeared so still using OpenDNS.

@aardy thanks for that. No issue with OpenDNS? Do I need an account with them or just program their DNS servers into my Eero?

They offer a free no account for similar functionality to cloudflare, a free with account that gives you more options and feature and then a paid for account with all the bells and whistles…

Now that companies like Netflix and Apple are using edge cashing to improve their video streaming services I wonder if using your ISP’s DNS might result in the best performance?

In the UK I don’t believe my ‘budget’ ISP implements edge caching, so not something I personally need to be too bothered about. Is probably a valid issue to think about in the states if you consume a good chunk of streaming.

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Not really, I’d say. Once the DNS is resolved -which usually does not execute a network call as DNSs are locally cached by the OS-, your device accesses the IP directly and that’s where edge caching kicks in on the side of your ISP with the media provider (Apple, Netflix).

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