With AdGuard DNS, you can set up your private DNS servers to resolve DNS requests and block ads, trackers, and malicious domains before they reach your device
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What is Private AdGuard DNS?
Private AdGuard DNS is a DNS server that, in addition to benefits of a public DNS server (such as traffic encryption and domain blocklists), provides features like flexible customization, DNS statistics and parental control and is easily managed through a handy dashboard.
Why you need Private AdGuard DNS
Today, you can connect anything to the Internet: TVs, refrigerators, smart bulbs, or speakers. But along with the undeniable conveniences you get trackers and ads. A simple browser-based ad blocker will not protect you in this case, but AdGuard DNS, which you can set up to filter traffic, block content and trackers, has a system-wide effect.
We already have public AdGuard DNS and AdGuard Home. These solutions work fine for some users, but for others, the public AdGuard DNS lacks the flexibility of configuration, while the AdGuard Home lacks simplicity. That's where private AdGuard DNS comes into play. It has the best of both worlds: it offers customizability, control and information - all through a simple easy-to-use dashboard.
The difference between Private and Public AdGuard DNS
Here is a simple comparison of features available in Public AdGuard DNS and Private AdGuard DNS servers.
|Public AdGuard DNS||Private AdGuard DNS|
|DNS traffic encryption||DNS traffic encryption|
|Pre-determined domain blocklists||Customizable domain blocklists|
|-||Custom DNS filtering rules with import/export feature|
|-||Request statistics (see where do your DNS requests go: which countries, which companies, etc.)|
|-||Detailed query log|
How to set up Private AdGuard DNS
- Go to your AdGuard DNS dashboard (if not logged in, log in using your AdGuard account)
- Click "Connect device" and follow on-screen instructions
- Gaming consoles
Every device that you add in the AdGuard DNS panel has its own unique address that can be used if the device supports modern encrypted DNS protocols (DoH, DoT, and DoQ).
If the device does not support encrypted DNS and you have to use plain DNS, there's another way to allow AdGuard DNS to recognize the device — link its IP address. In this case AdGuard DNS counts all plain DNS requests that come from that IP address towards that "device".
The only requirement for linking IP is that it must be a residential IP address.
A residential IP address is an IP address assigned to a device connected to a residential ISP. It is typically associated with a physical location and is allocated to individual homes or apartments. Residential IP addresses are used by regular Internet users for their everyday online activities, such as browsing the web, accessing social media platforms, sending emails, or streaming content.
If you're trying to link a residential IP address and AdGuard DNS does not allow you to do that, please contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private AdGuard DNS features
With "Blocklists" feature you can set which domains you want to block and which you don't. Сhoose from wide variety of blocklists for different purposes.
For times when pre-installed Blocklists with thousands of rules are not enough, we have a handy function called "User rules". Here you can add custom rules manually to block/unblock a certain domain or import custom rules lists (check out DNS filtering rules syntax). You can export the lists.
In "Statistics" tab you can see all the summarized statistics on DNS queries made by devices connected to your Private AdGuard DNS. It shows the total number and geography of requests, the number of blocked requests, the list of companies the requests were addressed to, requests types and top requested domains.
This feature shows you where DNS requests sent by your devices go. On top of seeing the map of request destinations, you can filter the information by date, device and country.
This tab allows you to quickly check which companies send the most requests, and which companies have the most blocked requests.
This is a detailed log where you can check out the information on every single request and also sort requests by status, type, company, device, time, country.
To protect your child from online content you deem inappropriate, set up and activate the Parental control option. In addition to options such as "adult content" blocking and safe search, we've added the ability to manually specify domains for blocking and set a schedule for the Parental control to work accordingly.
In case you don't have Private AdGuard DNS yet, you can get it on the official website.