Setup DNSthingy on ClearOS

Requires ClearOS 7 or greater. For information on installing DNSthingy on ClearOS 6.6, visit this page.


DNSthingy is in the ClearOS marketplace. Login to your ClearOS web config with an administrator account, visit the Marketplace, and search for DNSthingy.


Once you have DNSthingy installed on the server, it is time to configure/initialize the service.

Navigate to the following menu: Cloud | Content Filter and Proxy | DNSthingy


Here you will see the initial setup form.


Usually the default settings will be all you need. The settings are described below:

Network Mode

This displays whether the ClearOS device is functioning in Gateway mode or in Standalone mode.

Some features are not available in Standalone mode, such as forced DNSthingy use. This means that user’s can bypass your DNS settings by specifying a different DNS server.

LAN Interface

This selects which interface DNSthingy should use for the block page.

Available LAN IP for Block Page

When a http page is blocked, DNSthingy displays a block page. This allows you to select from which IP that page will be displayed. It must be on the same subnet as the LAN interface and it must not be in use.

Creating Your Account

After saving the previous settings, you will be taken to a page to register your cloud-based DNSthingy account. There are two options to ways to register.

Register a New Account


If you do not yet have a DNSthingy account, fill out this form. You will receive an email with a link to verify your account.

Add This Box to an Existing Account


If you already have a DNSthingy account, click on “Already have an account?” This allows you to manage all of your devices with one username and password.

Logging into your Dashboard

Your dashboard controls all of your DNSthingy related settings.

Visiting the DNSthingy settings page in your ClearOS web config will display your subscription status and give you a link to open your DNSthingy dashboard.


You can also visit directly.

DNSthingy with Active Directory

If you wish to use DNSthingy with Active Directory, consult our document on best practices.