Jeff, could you please help me out with understanding changes to the DNS server?
I have two listed on my DCHP page (Apple Air Extreme) do you change them both to the same one, or would it be advantageous to put one to cloudflair and the other to Google?
I seem to remember several threads stating the AirPort Extreme has issues with Roon.
Or maybe it was AirPort Express?
You might want to search for those.
I’m thinking that + wifi is your issue and that changing DNS isn’t going to solve this.
That said I had performance improvements with everything on my network after switching to Cloudflare.
I’m not familiar with that router so I can’t say for sure what settings to change.
I’m guessing you’re referring to primary and secondary DNS?
If so, set primary to 18.104.22.168
I don’t use a secondary DNS as it’s always worked fine with just a primary.
I think in theory you could set secondary to Google.
But being privacy paranoid, personally I’d just use Cloudflare.
I see no need to mess with DHCP. DNS and DHCP are completely different things. DHCP provides an IP address to devices on the local network and the assumption should usually be that it always works (unless proven otherwise, which is a very unlikely cause of issues)
DNS provides name resolution, in this case on the internet, so that typing www.google.com gets resolved to a Google internet IP address. By default, most ISPs set up their own DNS server in the router settings, and their DNS can be slow and do crappy things, privacy violations among them. Cloudfare as DNS is super fast and reliable. As most of the things one does on the internet involves multiple name resolutions, fast DNS answers can make a real difference.
Most routers have DNS settings on their internet configuration page.
Yeah, but I hope also reserved addresses within DHCP (and not static addresses on the devices). So it’s still DHCP and there is no danger of address collisions. I do that as well - it really makes no difference in practice with a decent router that provides a local name server, so that devices can be addressed by name, but it satisfies my sense of order when I know my main devices by IP as well, and doesn’t hurt either. Some crappy routers don’t have a local name service and then addressing by DHCP-reserved addresses is helpful.
I meant making any less innocuous changes like turning off DHCP or something like that. Some people get themselves into all kinds of trouble by outdated advice on the interwebs
I just left DCHP well alone. ARC is working fine after a couple restarts, added the Cloudflare app on my iPad as well. @Traian_Boldea my days of wrestling around with network issues ended in 2017 I retired and left windows xp pro and 10 in my wake. At one point I had to keep three different Microsoft os working to support administrative duties for clients and companies. Uggh!
My AirPort Extreme just keeps chugging along, works great in my small home but the TP-link Deco Mesh has been completely hands off since installation in the two story home quite impressed so far.