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Overview of Cloudflare free public DNS service

Introduction

Cloudflare offers a wide range of security, SSL acceleration, VPN and application gateway services via its robust worldwide mesh of datacenters and Content Delivery Network (CDN) hops. The free Cloudflare CDN services can be managed via https://dash.cloudflare.com/. Cloudflare offers a lot more than just a CDN. An overview of Cloudflare services can be found at https://www.cloudflare.com/ (see products and solutions).

Cloudflare uses the WARP protocol for secure VPN-based access for the last mile. Cloudflare’s free public DNS service can be setup on any routing gateway device (L3 or higher) which can function as DNS server/resolver. Details about the free public DNS service is are available at: https://1.1.1.1/. Some handy applications available are the following:

Cloudflare free public DNS service

Free public DNS 1.1.1.1 is a partnership between Cloudflare and APNIC. Cloudflare runs one of the world’s largest, fastest networks. APNIC is a non-profit organization managing IP address allocation for the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions. You can enable the Cloudflare free DNS service by setting your DNS servers as follows:

  • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
  • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001

Free public DNS service comparison

Cloudflare free public DNS claims to be the fastest service available as per the dnsperf website benchmarks. A total of twelve (12) public DNS services were tested, as shown below.

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