NextDNS and pfSense

I'm looking into install nextDNS on my pfSense box and could not find answers to the following two questions, hence this post:

  1. Does nextDNS restart automatically if I reboot pfSense or do I need to do "nextdns start" everytime?
  2. If I upgrade pfSense, which means most things get overwritten, won't that create a problem if the current version relies on nextDNS for name resolution and if the service is shut down during the upgrade process, then there's no name resolution on the box, leading to a failed install?


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  • Does anyone have an answer to this?

  • Hi, I use Unbound.

    configure DNS over TLS pointing to NextDns TLS port 853, then in the firewall LAN redirect any UDP packet to port 53 to localhost so Unbound will catch all unsafe DNS queries and send it to NextDNS

  • I just did a reboot of my 6100 and did a 'nextdns status' and it was active.

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