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Connecting to non-Plusnet wif

Interislander
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Registered: ‎10-08-2015

Connecting to non-Plusnet wif

Have Plusnet FTTC at home.
Last week I stopped in four different hotels in France, and to connect beyond the hotel router at all of them I had to change the DNS setting  from Plusnet (212.159.13.49 & 212.159.13.50) to Google (8.8.8.8. and 8.8.4.4).
Is this 'normal'?
Should I just leave my DNS setting as it now is? Is there any disadvantage in doing so?
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Re: Connecting to non-Plusnet wif

Quote from: Interislander
Is this 'normal'?

Yes, most ISPs only allow their customers to use their 'home' connection to access their DNS servers.
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Should I just leave my DNS setting as it now is?

Yes,  using Google DNS is about as good as it gets.
It could be argued the using OpenDNS servers potentially offers better privacy, and has additional protection against malware, etc.
If you want to try out OpenDNS, try setting your DNS to -
  • 208.67.222.123

  • 208.67.220.123


Personally I would ALWAYS choose either Google DNS or OpenDNS, rather than Plusnet DNS, for both reliability and performance.
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Is there any disadvantage in doing so?

No.
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Re: Connecting to non-Plusnet wif

I think sending all your DNS traffic to some third party gives you less privacy, although I expect Google knows pretty much everything you do on the web anyway.
Those OpenDNS IPs are the FamilyShield ones.