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Bypass transparent DNS proxy with a DD-WRT router

Smart DNS service offered by our company does not work for some clients whose ISP uses Transparent DNS proxy. Nowadays, some ISPs use this technology to intercept DNS lookup requests (TCP/UDP port 53) and transparently proxy to their DNS servers. This effectively forces your PC/Mac or router to use their DNS service for all DNS lookups.

Using a DD-WRT router or any other router with Linux OS you can bypass your ISP’s Transparent DNS proxy using custom firewall rules and our DNS servers which runs on different TCP/UDP port.

To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Your Account on our website, go to Setup -> Bypass Transparent DNS Proxy.

  2. Click on the “Open script in a new tab” link and copy all the text from the opened page.

  3. Log in to your DD-WRT router and go to “Setup” -> “Basic Setup” (2).

    Bypass transparent DNS proxy: Step 2

  4. Scroll down to “Network Address Server Settings (DHCP)” and Enable DHCP (3).
    Change Static DNS 1 to: 8.8.8.8 (4)
    Change Static DNS 2 to: 8.8.4.4 (5)
    Disable “Use DNSMasq for DNS” (6).
    Scroll down and Click on Apply Settings.

    Bypass transparent DNS proxy: Step 3

  5. Get back to DD-WRT and navigate to “Administration” (7) -> “Commands” (8) and paste the code from clipboard (9).
    Click on “Save Startup” (10) then paste again the code and click on “Save Firewall” (11).

    Bypass transparent DNS proxy: Step 4

  6. After router reboot you can connect your devices and use our Smart DNS service.

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