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1.1.1.1 – Cloudflare’s new DNS Resolver


Cloudfare for sure selected an unorthodox launch day for its new DNS resolver service 1.1.1.1. That’s because it not only made its debut on Easter Sunday but this year, that also happened to be April Fools Day (and, my birthday!). According to Matthew Prince on Clouflare’s blog, there was a “valid” reason for all this:

The only question that remained was when to launch the new service? This is the first consumer product Cloudflare has ever launched, so we wanted to reach a wider audience. At the same time, we’re geeks at heart. 1.1.1.1 has 4 1s. So it seemed clear that 4/1 (April 1st) was the date we needed to launch it.

Never mind that it was a Sunday. Never mind that it was on Easter and during Passover. Never mind that it was April Fools Day — a day where tech companies often trot out fictional services they think are cute while the media and the rest of the non-tech world collectively roll their eyes.

Quote from https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/

According to Cloudflare, the problem with existing DNS resolvers is that their services are often slow and fail to respect privacy. Internet service providers, websites, especially social network sites, DNS services like Google and so on, all of them collect data about you and your browsing habits.

Cloudflare’s goal was to set up a DNS resolver service that would not only be fast, but also would protect user privacy. In fact, Clouflare promises never to write queried IP addresses to disk and to wipe all its logs within 24 hours of their collection.

After striking up a deal with APNIC, the regional Internet Registry for the  Asia Pacific region which held IP addresses 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 (Cloudflare’s alternative DNS server address), Cloudflare obtained those addresses for DNS use.

Having now tested 1.1.1.1 for a few hours, it’s becoming quite clear that it is quite a bit faster than any other DNS resolver I have ever used. That difference is clear, as compared here with Google’s 8.8.8.8:


Cloudflare vs. Google. Click to view enlarged in a new tab.

Using CloudFlare’s New DNS Servers

To set up Cloudflare DNS, use the following DNS Server addresses:

  • For IPv4: Preferred 1.1.1.1, Alternative 1.0.0.1
  • For IPv6: Preferred 2606:4700:4700::1111, Alternative 2606:4700:4700::1001

 

Without any hesitation, I have already changed mine. Indeed, the Cloudflare DNS resolver is the fastest one I have ever tested. Also, running Steve Gibson’s DNS benchmark on my location puts Cloudflare at the top of its list:

Considering its enhanced privacy, together with its unbeatable speed easily persuaded me to change from Google DNS which I have used for years now. I recommended you do the same without hesitation or delay (pun intended).

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Kari

Author: Kari Finn

A Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

2 Responses “1.1.1.1 – Cloudflare’s new DNS Resolver”

  1. April 5, 2018 at 14:59

    I performed my own tests and it was almost on par with Google’s server for me, located in the southeastern US.

    I also ran across this article yesterday explaining more about what they are doing and why they are doing it:

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/1-1-1-1-cloudflares-new-dns-attracting-gigabits-per-second-of-rubbish/

    It’s interesting, to say the least.

  2. April 6, 2018 at 07:54

    It is interesting, I agree. I am located in Central Europe and for me, Cloudflare is clearly the fastest DNS resolver.

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