Cannot get domain dns forwarder to work.

  • I have signed up to unblockUS for something and entered their DNS in the forwarder for the domain I want going via that route. But it does not work. If I set my laptop to the required DNS then it does work when I goto that domain.

    IN the domain forwarder I have set it to on, with Query DNS sequentially ticked, and I have added the domain in the Domains Override.

    Is there something else I need to do, as I would prefer not to route all my traffic through this DNS just for the relevant domain.

  • OK after having a bit of a play, I wonder if the fact I have set DNS address (google) in the system>general setup is causing it to go via that DNS regardless of what I put in the forwarder?

  • IS anyone able to help, am I being a bit stupid with the question?

    Long and short is I want a specific service to pick up US content in the UK. I have signed up to a service that will allow that now I just need to point that UK service to a US VPN/DNS, but only that domain.

    I cannot get it to work with instructions found on line. Do I need to switch on or off something else in the interface for it to work?

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    did you clear the cache once you put in the override?  How about a simple sniff on your want to see what is getting asked for the entry..  If I put in a domain override of of say and point it to, and then ask for that is where is goes..

    I use the resolver, so it asks roots and authoritative doesn't forward to anything directly..  So if I remove that override and then ask for it ends up asking the owning nameserver..  Which now that I have started this example might of been a bad choice – since its actually owned and seems to have issues...

    Domain Name: TESTOVER.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 1597861902_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server:
    Registrar URL:
    Updated Date: 2015-08-10T16:53:14-06:00Z
    Creation Date: 2010-05-18T14:29:25-06:00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-05-18T14:29:25-06:00Z
    Registrar:, Inc.
    Registrar IANA ID: 625
    Name Server:
    Name Server:

    and doesn't actually resolve but you get the picture..  Just sniff on our wan and validate where its asking..

  • I need to have a play but it occurred to me last night that I usually put googles dns on my devices. I assume therefore that this will overide anything on the router? Presumably if I point the devices to the router for DNS this will then give it a chance to redirect certain domains to the required DNSes.

    I'll give it a try on the weekend.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    yeah if you hard code or hand out with dhcp to use some dns server other than pfsense to your clients, your settings on pfsense become meaningless.

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