DNS, or Domain Name System, is the mechanism by which a network device resolves
a name like
www.example.com to an IP address such as
vice versa. Clients must have functional DNS if they are to reach other devices
such as servers using their hostnames or fully qualified domain names.
These topics cover using pfSense® software as a caching DNS resolver or forwarder, which handles DNS requests from local clients. When acting as a resolver or forwarder, pfSense software will performs DNS resolution or hand off queries to an upstream DNS forwarding server.
How to perform various tasks related to DNS.
Dynamic DNS will update an external DNS server with an interface IP address when it changes. This enables a firewall with a dynamic WAN such as DHCP or PPPoE to host public services even when its IP address changes periodically.