Cloudflare DNS 1.1.1.1

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Is it possible to configure the Viasat WiFi Gateway to use Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 DNS?
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In general, it is not easy to bypass the Viasat DNS unless running through a VPN or something of that nature. Of course by doing that you will sacrifice performance and use more data as compression will be bypassed.
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It is possible, unfortunately I don't have the specific instructions for you as my WiFi Modem is currently in bridge mode. You can download the WiFi Modem user guide from here https://www.exede.com/wifi-modem/ which will give you instructions on how to login, etc..

As VeteranSatUser is alluding to, I believe Viasat is still hijacking DNS queries which means that it doesn't matter which DNS provider you use, Viasat will always hijack the request and return a result from their server. I haven't done any recent investigation to see if this is still the case.

However, Cloudflare's servers support DNS over HTTPS. This creates an encrypted HTTPS tunnel to do the DNS query which means that Viasat cannot easily hijack (or listen in on) the request. Cloudflare provides instructions on how to use their proxy client in their developer docs (see https://developers.cloudflare.com/1.1.1.1/dns-over-https/cloudflared-proxy/).

Right now they are geared towards IT professionals, software developers, or enthusiasts who don't mind monkeying around with there computer. So I do not recommend it unless you fall into one of those categories and understand if you set it up wrong you could loose internet connectivity on that device.

Hope that helps :)
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RE: Viasat is still hijacking DNS queries

Maybe yes, maybe no, but on WB-1:163 beam, the answer is no.

I suspect WiFi modem will have to be in bridge mode, but for SB2 modem, this is not an issue.  My router is configured so it does not fetch DNS, and in Win7, in Networking config, I use  IPv4 properties, and IPv6 is unchecked


When at this menu below, check that box...


Doing a NsLookup yields

C:\>nslookup
Default Server:  1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com
Address:  1.1.1.1

which means I am using their DNS server.  Needless to say, if your other devices depend upon router acting as DNS, their might be an issue...YMMV.