If you’ve read our origin story, you know that DNSFilter was founded as a direct Cisco Umbrella alternative (formerly known as OpenDNS).
We’ve grown quickly to become the leader in DNS security, with features that now rival Cisco. While other Cisco Umbrella alternatives often leave you with a less-sophisticated solution, DNSFilter does what Cisco Umbrella web filtering can do and more.
At our school, we switched from Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter just before the 2019-20 school year and couldn't be happier. The initial setup only took 30 minutes or so, and that included creating a custom block page with our logo. Filtering is set by categories, blacklists, and whitelists. In addition, there are options to block threats like cryptomining, malware, phishing, proxies, and others. You can also create different policies based on the source IP address. So, we could have the faculty and staff VLAN have one policy while the student VLANs have different policies. The pricing is also great in comparison to Cisco Umbrella.
We switched from Cisco Umbrella to DNSFilter about 3 years ago, primarily to save some money. We couldn't be happier with the switch. The speed is incredible, the interface is easy to use, it offers useful reporting and tools, and policy changes are implemented immediately instead of having to wait 15 minutes like with Umbrella.
OpenDNS went from free to unaffordable under Cisco. DYN got bought by Oracle, which then shuttered DYN's Internet Guardian. It was almost as if the market was conspiring to take away all affordable options. We were thrilled when we found DNSFilter (to their credit, the DYN people referred us!) DNSFilter gave us sound filtering at a very affordable price.
We operate the largest amount of datacenter locations in the industry so you get a lightning fast connection, no matter where you are. Need proof? We publish our network stats in real-time at DNSPerf.com.
We provide a multi-tenant dashboard and full-service whitelabeling—something Cisco Umbrella can’t offer. We also share whitelabeled materials for our MSP partners to help them succeed.
DNSFilter places a lot of focus on providing you with support that is friendly, knowledgeable, and accessible. Our onboarding experience can get you started filtering in just under 5 minutes. The support experience is one of the top complaints of the Cisco Umbrella web filtering platform.
When’s the last time Cisco Umbrella added a major feature? From improving UI and reporting to adding features our customers need, we haven’t stopped iterating on a product our users love.