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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

sawitt76
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RBR850 DNS Masquerade

I have a new RBR850 with fw V4.6.14.3_2.3.12. I have configured the DHCP dynamic address pool to be 192.168.1.50 thru 192.168.1.254. I'm using the address reservation feature to assign 'static' IP addresses to several computers that I want to have 'known' IP addresses. I'd prefer to manage these host addresses centrally on the router rather than configuring static address on each host computer. I've been doing this in a Linux networking environment a long time. I've been looking for a way to cause the RBR850 to not only serve the fixed IP addresses but to also respond to DNS queries for these hosts. This is called DNS masquerade in the UNIX/Linux world and there is a 'dnsmasq' package that combines a DHCP server with DNS server for small networks.

 

Is there a feature in the RBR850 software that allows it to resolve local network addresses, either those that have been configured with address reservation or those dynamic addresses that the client has provided its hostname for? Clearly the router knows the hostnames of the dynamically allocated addresses (when the client sends its hostname), they're in the Attached Devices table.

 

Thanks...

 

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sawitt76
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

I installed the dnsmasq package on a linux server I have and relieved the Orbi of DHCP and DNS duties. Its working great, and I'm happy. 

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sawitt76
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

I do, of course, realize that I can create a hosts file containing this information for each of these hosts, but why do that if the router can do it?

 

Thanks...

 

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microchip8
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

Masquerading is not possible on stock NETGEAR firmware. I don't know on Orbi devices, but using a "normal" router (RAX43 and R7800) it serves both as a DHCP server and DNS resolver for my devices. On my desktop/laptop, all I have to do is add 192.168.1.1 to /etc/resolv.conf and don't worry about DNS. The router takes care of that (I use NextDNS on the router)

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CrimpOn
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

Alas, Orbi routers DNS do not resolve "local hosts", much less automatically add devices to a table.  It appears there are only two work arounds:

  • Create host files on local machines.  (Probably not very many will need a host file. 99% of the devices in the home do not even have a user interface.)
  • Point the Orbi DNS at a local DNS server which has the capability. Pi-hole, for example, provides the ability to create DNS records and CNAME records.  Here's a sample:

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sawitt76
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

Thanks for the information, I was pretty sure the Orbi didn't support Masquerade, but thought I'd ask in case I was missing something. This is my first mesh router system and in the past I've always bought routers that would run OpenWRT so I've gotten a little spoiled. I'll probably set up a local DNS server then and be happy.

 

 

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McLong
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

I've had good results running a pihole with FTL DNS resolver and Orbi 850 as router.
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sawitt76
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Re: RBR850 DNS Masquerade

I installed the dnsmasq package on a linux server I have and relieved the Orbi of DHCP and DNS duties. Its working great, and I'm happy. 

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