Choosing Between DNSFilter

and Cloudflare Gateway?

Complete features and a singular focus

At DNSFilter, our mission has always been to do one thing and do it well. While other competitors have a host of offerings, it usually means that their DNS filtering service doesn’t get the full attention it deserves. Cloudflare’s DNS filtering capabilities are very young, having been announced in March 2020.

Their DNS filtering product (Cloudflare Gateway) is meant to integrate with their Cloudflare Access subscription. Because of this, Cloudflare Gateway is bare bones and lacks several features:

  • No Logging of DNS queries
  • No detailed reporting by location or user
  • No bulk management of allow & block lists
  • No business-grade rollup reports
  • No whitelabeling for Managed Service Providers
  • No multi tenancy for resellers

For companies with upwards of thousands of end users and devices, lacking these features just isn’t an option. It basically means you have no visibility into your network and can’t be flexible as needs change across departments.

DNSFilter is built for MSPs

DNSFilter has a fully multi-tenant MSP dashboard that allows for complete white labeling, including block page customization and forwarding. Our dashboard, roaming applications, and transactional emails will appear to come from you, not us.

We also share white-labeled marketing materials for our MSP partners to help them succeed in closing more sales and hitting their ROI goals.

dns network speed results

Fighting for the fastest spot

Everyone knows that Cloudflare is fast. But DNSFilter? It’s just as fast, and sometimes faster. Cloudflare and DNSFilter have been neck-and-neck for a while, consistently fighting for the top spot on DNS ranking site DNSPerf.com. We’re often No. 1 when looking at North America DNS resolvers. And we’re always ranking first when it comes to South America and Africa.

Feature Comparison

Feature DNSFilter Cloudflare Gateway
Anycast Network
Real-time Domain Categorization
Desktop Roaming Clients
Mobile Roaming Clients
Per User Reporting
Imagery-based Anti-phishing
Whitelabeled for Resale
Query Logs
Advanced Analytics
Bulk Block Lists