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Old 08-07-2019, 06:27 PM   #1
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DNS Watch is unreliable again


These DNS servers seem to keep going down lately - 3 or 4 times this year for extended periods - pain in the ass.

Recommend no one bothers with them any more. No need for others to be as stupidly persistent as I have been with these people.

A pox on them!
 
Old 08-08-2019, 06:28 AM   #2
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These DNS servers seem to keep going down lately - 3 or 4 times this year for extended periods - pain in the ass.

Recommend no one bothers with them any more. No need for others to be as stupidly persistent as I have been with these people.

A pox on them!
So, how have you set up for access to their DNS services?
How long have you been using them?
How many outages, and of what duration, have you seen? Are there specific symptoms or timing that we might learn from?

Do you run your own DNS slave and forward to them, or use them only an an "each host" configuration?
(Until recently I ran a small DNSMASQ server as my local DNS, and let it forward to external DNS servers. It improved speed and reliability greatly.)

Have you set to use both primary and secondary, so that a single outage for them is not an outage for you?

Disclaimer, I do not use DNSWATCH myself.
 
Old 08-08-2019, 01:07 PM   #3
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I put the addresses into the router, and most of the time they're good. But 3 times in the last year or so, they've "disappeared" with their website unreachable.

Chose them in the first place because I saw a report that they were actually good for the "no-logs" thingy.
Router came configured to use Google. Used DNSWatch's IPv4 and IPv6 - primary and secondary.

DNS is not the first thing I think of when internet is having issues - but it will be now.

Going to try Cloudfare's 1.1.1.1 dns
 
Old 08-09-2019, 02:23 AM   #4
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Cloudflare? Seriously?

Anyhow, there should always be more than 1 DNS server configured.
Some providers even offer a mechanism to choose the currently most reliable servers.
 
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Cloudflare? Seriously?

Anyhow, there should always be more than 1 DNS server configured.
Some providers even offer a mechanism to choose the currently most reliable servers.
Agree, standard IP stack supports three in priority order. Various dns cache and server programs support more, some using different schemes (priority order, round robin, or quickest response). When I set three, I never use that same provider for all three unless "I" am that provider. (In which case the higher DNS servers I forward to are not from the same provider.)
 
  


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