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Magnificent Basturd™
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
2018-04-12, 19:31

I noticed a day or so ago that my Mac had stopped offering to take calls from my phone.

Finally poked around with it a bit tonight and recalled that I recently changed my computer's DNS to the CloudFlare numbers and – so I went back and removed them and fiddled around with FaceTime on the Mac and it all seems to be working again.

I am (however) uncertain that I had to remove those new DNS numbers from my computer.

It might have been that I only needed to 'reset' FaceTime by using it from my computer to my phone.

Still, now that it's working again I'm reluctant to change back.

EVERYBODY here is smarter than me about this stuff, so what do you think?


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Captain Drew on Twitter
Join Date: May 2004
Location: City of Dis
2018-04-12, 19:54

Ooh that's interesting because I had been thinking about doing the same, but got wrapped up in some other stuff and forgot about it. I'm curious if there's a 'boink' in there somewhere as well.

Info link for those curious.

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Tweeting @kierankelly
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: New York City
2018-04-13, 08:04

I put the CloudFlare DNS on my Time Capsule to use for my home network and I noticed the speeds dropped drastically. Netflix wouldn't even stream properly.

Switched back to the Google DNS of and it's been fine since, but I still like the idea of CloudFlare. May just put it on a device by device basis and see hwo that goes.
Magnificent Basturd™
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
2018-04-13, 08:32

Once my schedule drops off again I'll experiment some more to see if I can track down the issue - for now I just need my ecosystem to work smoothly!

There ought to be a term for that period of time between when you get your system worked out smoothly and you are forced to upgrade to catch back up to the latest OS and app versions.


Steve Jobs ate my cat's watermelon.
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Formerly turtle2472
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tidewater Virginia
2018-04-13, 10:49

I love the privacy stance they tout but I'm pretty engrained in the features of OpenDNS still. I use the free one for now, but have paid in the past.

I should say they are actually my secondary provider, I use Pi-Hole as my DNS server for the house. Easy to set up and no ads on any device. Also a snap to blacklist any site, let alone ad/tracking companies.

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Politically Incorrect
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boyzeee
2018-04-13, 11:21

Originally Posted by turtle View Post
I use Pi-Hole
Selfish Heathen
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Zone of Pain
2018-04-13, 17:02

But seriously, I have a Pi-hole in my house too. It's a great use of a Raspberry Pi that I inherited from a project at work a couple years ago! It's by far the best way I've found for blocking ads and crap across all of the devices on our network, including our iPhones, and it means I don't have to fiddle with things on my wife's computer to make it behave for her too.

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