DNSFilter vs Cisco Umbrella

Industry-leading web filtering, without breaking the bank.

DNSFilter® was founded as a marketplace alternative to Cisco Umbrella® (read our origin story).
We have quickly grown to be an industry leader in DNS-based content and security filtering. Below is a head-to-head comparison with Cisco Umbrella:

Unrivaled Network

DNSFilter operates the largest amount of datacenter locations in the industry. This means you get a lightning fast connection to our servers, even while your users are roaming.

Our network has the fastest response time of any DNS provider in North America (including Google, Cloudflare, and Umbrella). Don’t just take our word for it. We publish our network stats in real-time at DNSperf.com

Closed Resolver

Cisco Umbrella runs a basic free tier which is used by many people. This means some of the costs of running the service are passed
on to paying customers. DNSFilter operates a closed resolver and only responds to queries from our customers. This enhances security
and minimizes the threat of DNS amplification attacks. It also means that everyone one our network is a first class citizen.

Ready to

Cisco allows for multi-tenant capability, but does not whitelabel the product for MSPs. DNSFilter allows MSPs
to brand and resell our platform as part of the package you offer to clients. Our dashboard, roaming applications, and transactional
email will appear to come directly from you to your customers.

We also distribute our marketing materials in whitelabelled versions, so that you can easily use them to close more sales.


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 about 5 minutes.

Feature Comparison

DNSFilter Cisco Umbrella
Stable & Global Network
Real-time Domain Categorization
Desktop Roaming Clients Windows / Mac Windows / Mac
Mobile Roaming Clients Android / (iOS in development) iOS
LAN Proxy / Virtual Appliance
AD-user Filtering (planned)
Whitelabeled for Resale
Imagery-based Anti-phishing
Customized Block Pages
Bypass Passwords
Activity Reports

Annual Price Comparison

10 Users 50 Users 100 Users
Cisco $380 $1900 $3800
DNSFilter $120 $600 $1200
Savings $260 $1300 $2600

Customers who switch from Umbrella to DNSFilter save an average of 68%. Start a 14-day free trial to see how we compare.

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