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Is there a way to bypass my ISP provided CPE/router's DNS settings? I'd like to use OpenDNS but I am unable to access the administrator acount of the CPE. I tried logging in using the default passwords (admin/admin, admin/1234, etc) to no avail.

I found out later that the admin password is generated using a generator where you input the CPE's MAC address. I tried emailing the manufacturer of the CPE (Huawei, the CPE is Huawei BM625) and my ISP but they aren't replying. I also saw similar queries (lots of them!) at Huawei's forums, without a single reply.

So as a last resort, I'd like to know a way to bypass the CPE's DNS settings.

My subscription is for a WiMAX service. I'm using Windows 7 and have already set the DNS settings for the Local Area Connection:

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However I still am not seeing the "You are already using OpenDNS" text at OpenDNS's site.

And when explicitly using the OpenDNS servers I still seem to get 208.69.38.150 rather than the expected 208.69.38.160:

nslookup www.opendns.com. 208.67.222.222

  Server: resolver1.opendns.com
  Address: 208.67.222.222 

  Non-authoritative answer:
  Name: www.opendns.com
  Address: 208.69.38.150
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After changing your DNS settings, it might be useful to do a ipconfig /flushdns. –  Svish Oct 16 '09 at 7:07

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If you use the "nslookup" command, you will get a > prompt, where you can specify a DNS server of your choice. Use the "server" command, followed by either a hostname or an IP address of the server of your choice, such as the ones from OpenDNS. I do not think that your ISP will proxy the DNS requests. However, your country border routers may block access to foreign DNS servers, and if not blocking the access to DNS servers, can block access to the actually returned IP address from your chosen DNS.

In other words, there are different ways that you can be blocked from using other DNS servers from your internet connection, but usually, this is not a problem.

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When visiting their website, OpenDNS determines if you're using their services by checking the IP address you've requested.

When asking my default DNS, www.opendns.com refers to IP address 208.69.38.150:

dig www.opendns.com

  [..]
  www.opendns.com.      30  IN  A   208.69.38.150
  [..]

Asking their DNS, www.opendns.com yields another IP address, 208.69.38.160:

dig @208.67.222.222 www.opendns.com

  [..]
  www.opendns.com.      30  IN  A   208.69.38.160
  [..]

Until the end of October 2009, browsing to http://208.69.38.160 would always show:

OpenDNS - Manage your DNS settings - You're using OpenDNS!

But http://208.69.38.150 would always tells you:

OpenDNS - Start using OpenDNS - It's free.

Beware: Since OpenDNS has introduced payed plans mid-October 2009, the homepage no longer clearly states one is already using OpenDNS! Instead, it always shows:

OpenDNS trickery

(Maybe this will be changed back some day. To me, this new website feels a bit like tricking people into getting a paid account. Even signing up for the free "OpenDNS Basic" gets one to the Store nowadays, while actually to just use the OpenDNS servers one does not need an account to start with. But true, they do state "A store for free? [..] And don't worry, if you aren't using the paid service we won't ask for a credit card or anything like that.")

The different IP addresses are still used, so, if any of the following commands shows 208.69.38.160, then you're using OpenDNS:

  • dig www.opendns.com
  • ping www.opendns.com
  • nslookup www.opendns.com
  • host www.opendns.com

As your computer may have remembered that www.opendns.com refers to 208.69.38.150, you might indeed need to run ipconfig /flushdns (or dscacheutil -flushcache on Mac OS X) like Svish commented.

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After running ipconfig /flushdns as an administrator, nslookup www.opendns.com returns 208.69.38.150 –  Ramon Marco Navarro Oct 16 '09 at 17:30
    
And, on a Mac nslookup www.opendns.com also shows which DNS server is used. Did you get such information as well? –  Arjan Oct 16 '09 at 17:40
    
I just tested on Win XP: nslookup www.opendns.com. 208.67.222.222 (indeed, with an extra dot after .com, which for some reason is required on my old XP machine) yields 208.69.38.160. –  Arjan Oct 16 '09 at 17:53
    
On a Mac, the user itself must flush the cache, not some super user. And on XP, ipconfig /all shows the details, including DNS. Anything odd there? And what about a good old reboot? –  Arjan Oct 16 '09 at 18:03
    
And I assume you did as described on forums.opendns.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=3876 to get that settings dialog that you referred to in your question? –  Arjan Oct 16 '09 at 18:09

You don't list your host platform, but some hosts such as Linux have configuration files which will allow you to override or ignore what settings are coming from DHCP.

Post your host platform(s) and more help can be provided.

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You should be able to do this without any problems.

The process will vary depending on your operating system and your exact configuration. OpenDNS themselves have the best instructions for your computer. Just pick your operating system, and you should be right to go!

When you manually specify a DNS server setting, most operating systems will ignore whatever is set by your modem / router, and use your manual setting instead.

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Too bad: since this answer was posted, opendns.com/start now first tells one to create an account. That is not really required. The instructions can still be found at store.opendns.com/setup –  Arjan Oct 30 '09 at 11:22

Some ISPs proxy DNS requests and redirect any for outside DNS servers to their own DNS servers. So, it may not be possible

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