Leaving for Adguard
Greetings. I've been a long time user of NextDNS, and have decided that due to lack of new features, as well as zero feedback on bug reports, that this project is all but dead. I haven't seen any new features in well over a year, and the proxy app for Windows machines is an absolute joke compared to the competition.
I hope the developers are paying attention, b/c they have made a masterclass on how to lose customers: Zero innovation. Adguard is leaps and bounds better, and allows configuring separate DNS servers (NextDNS would call these "configuration profiles" but it's a much weaker concept in NDNS) and has much better reporting. It also supports QUIC, and is the only vendor to do so.
While NextDNS is a quality product, due to lack of new development and zero input on glaring bugs, you've shown you aren't listening to your customers. I can no longer recommend this service in good faith as well. I am a developer of over 20 years, and am baffled as to what work is actually being done on this product. So long.
Some thoughts from another long-time developer...
- 100% agree about their clients. The "state of the art" Windows client is a joke and the CLI wasn't stable for me with constant drops. Now I'm using DNSProxy instead running on my router against NextDNS and not a single issue for months.
- Quic (DoQ and DoH3) works great with NextDNS and using them right now, so that's not true.
- Their latest feature "AI-Driven Threat Detection" is great and only seen in Enterprise-products like Cisco Umbrella (Talos) and DNS-filter. Hoping they soon add the blocklists from HaGeZi (just an approval away on GitHub) to make NextDNS even better.
- I evaluated AdGuard DNS a few months ago, but didn't feel it was better in any way for me. Slower servers and their limited selection of blocklists was the only protection. Sent a few questions to their support and got a "generic" answer after 5 weeks. Maybe I will setup their AdGuard Home on a Pi running my own DNS-server in the future.
- It's a real bummer that their support, ongoing improvements and "unknown roadmap" is what it is. Feels like NextDNS could smoke all competition instead of slowly being catched up by the other players and users are leaving.
Trolls against NextDNS, kind of pathetic.
Same message,different pseudo, same person...?
Looking for newsletter but have found none.
Looking for roadmap but have found none.
Just a while after I switched from monthly to yearly Nextdns subsciption, I became suddenly tempted to know how the product is doing (improving) for the money, only to be googled to this forum and found this thread. Ironic.
Calendar reminder set. If nothing happens in this year, it will be enough to see this product as dying from inside and I will look for alternative in order not to be suprised when this website will say some sort of apologize for end of service, one day.
Anyway thanks for the service so far!
I’d like to see some enhancements but nothing I can’t live without. There are some third party tools that fill in the gaps. The backend has been rock solid from my location (US). I don’t like to see creeping featuritus to the point where I no longer understand the product. NextDNS is so simple, a caveman can understand it.