DNS Masq vs. Local DNS ?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by macsat, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. macsat

    macsat Network Guru Member


    I was wondering....what is the difference between the two ?

    Is this assumptioon correct :

    DNS Masq = DNS Caching server, for faster access to previously accessed hosts ?

    Local DNS = Possibility to add "dns entries" for LAN devices...like "xbox" for my xbox for example ?

    If this is the case, how do I configure Local DNS ?

    In the "Additional DNS Options" ?

    What else goes in that field?

    Why dosnt Local DNS allow be to access hosts specified with ip + mac + hostname in my Static DHCP list? That would be nice :)
  2. _Shorty

    _Shorty Network Guru Member

    try enabling loopback
  3. knight14th

    knight14th Network Guru Member

    Disable "Local DNS".
    DNS masq is a small, fast and easy to use dns and dhcp server. On a "normal" Linux machine you have to add hostnames and ips in /etc/hosts. On WRT54G you have to enable DNS Masq an add the same data in the textfield.
    Something like: wrt54g wrt54g.local notebook notebook.local

    Entries in the Static Allocations of the build in dhcp-server are known by dnsmasq automaticly so you do not need to copy and paste this ip-addresses.
    After doing so do not forget to add your domain name "local" under Setup->Optional Settings.
    Now just setup the first static DNS-Server to be your wrt ( You can find this entry under Setup->Network Setup.

    The next time your clients get an ip through wrt's dhcp-server they will be also told to use als primary dns and all the other as 2nd and 3th.
  4. _Shorty

    _Shorty Network Guru Member

    whoops, I was thinking of a different, but related, problem that is solved by enabling loopback. Accessing a local box with a dyndns.org domain, I couldn't do that at first but after enabling loopback it worked. Anyways, concerning your problem here, is it a local webserver that you're trying to access? Or are the names just not resolving, period? I had an issue where I couldn't access a local web server with its domain name but I could with the IP. I use the web proxy called Proxomitron to remove ads/popups/etc and this was sort of causing my problem, I had to set my browser to bypass the proxy for local addresses and then my local web server connections worked.
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