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Dnsmasq - легкий и простой в настройке DNS и DHCP сервер. Обычно используется в малых сетях (например, домашняя сеть с одним роутером, который выступает в качестве DNS и DHCP сервера). It can serve the names of local machines which are not in the global DNS. The DHCP server integrates with the DNS server and allows machines with DHCP-allocated addresses to appear in the DNS with names configured either in each host or in a central configuration file. Dnsmasq supports static and dynamic DHCP leases and BOOTP for network booting of disk-less machines.

It is already installed and preconfigured on OpenWrt. See → /etc/config/dhcp.


The configuration is done with help of the uci-configuration file: /etc/config/dhcp, but you can use this together with the file /etc/dnsmasq.conf.

Depending on the setting in the uci-file, you may also use the files /etc/ethers and /etc/hosts additionally.


/etc/config/dhcp is a UCI configuration file and as such documented exclusively in uci. Almost all settings can be configured with it!


You can use /etc/dnsmasq.conf in addition, see above.

Example: By default, dnsmasq comes configured to put your hosts into the .lan domain. This is specified in the configuration file as:

# allow /etc/hosts and dhcp lookups via *.lan

You can change this to whatever you'd like your home domain to be. Also, if you want your hosts to be available via your home domain without having to specify the domain in your

file, add the expand-hosts directive to your /etc/dnsmasq.conf-file.

As an example, without expand-hosts, you can only reach router, ubuntu-desktop and ubuntu-laptop. With expand-hosts on, you can reach router, router.lan, ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-desktop.lan, etc. This probably matches what you're looking for anyway.

Without this setting, you'll have to add .lan entries to your /etc/hosts.


In /etc/ethers static lease entries can be assigned. See → static_leases.


In /etc/hosts DNS entries are configured. dnsmasq will utilize these entries to answer DNS queries on your network.


[IP_address] host_name host_name_short ...

Example: router OpenWrt localhost debian-server ubuntu-laptop

DNS and DHCP Ports

DNS needs TCP and UDP port 53 open on the firewall. DHCP needs UDP ports 67 and 68 open from your zone to/from the firewall. See and (viz "–dhcp-alternate-port") for more information.


Add a secondary DNS

What to do if you already have a DNS server(secondary DNS server) but you want your router(primary DNS server) to resolve some of the DNS queries? Simply do the following:

rm /etc/resolv.conf

That will remove the resolv.conf symlink. Then we will add the ip address of the secondary DNS inside the /etc/resolv.conf file

echo "nameserver">/etc/resolv.conf

Replace by the ip of your dns server then reboot or restart the dnsmasq service.



killall dnsmasq
/etc/init.d/dnsmasq start

Then you'll need to set up your secondary dns for resolving internet's DNS queries: ssh into your router then:

cat /tmp/

it will give you something like this:


Copy the information and then add it to your secondary DNS's /etc/resolv.conf: into your secondary dns do:

rm /etc/resolv.conf
echo "nameserver">>/etc/resolv.conf
echo "nameserver">>/etc/resolv.conf

Replace and with the IP addresses you have gotten with the cat /tmp/ command.

Configuring dnsmasq to forward dns requests to public dns servers

If you want to use public dns servers1) to resolve public dns queries, you can configure dnsmasq for it. You can even specify more than three nameservers2).

Just add the following lines to /etc/dnsmasq.conf to use Google Public DNS.


In case you prefer to use OpenWrt UCI, you may issue the following commands.

uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci commit dhcp

You may also edit /etc/config/dhcp directly.

config dnsmasq
        option domainneeded '1'
        option boguspriv '1'
        option localise_queries '1'
        option local '/lan/'
        option domain 'lan'
        option expandhosts '1'
        option authoritative '1'
        option readethers '1'
        option leasefile '/tmp/dhcp.leases'
        option resolvfile '/tmp/'
        option rebind_protection '0'
        option server ''
        option server ''

In case you want to use OpenDNS (there are 4 public dns servers)

uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[-1].server=
uci commit dhcp

Of course, you can use another dns servers. Just send a SIGHUP to dnsmasq process or restart dnsmasq service to apply the newly added forwarding DNS servers.

Configuring dnsmasq to use different IP ranges for wired and wireless

Suppose you have the following:

vlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
          inet addr:    Bcast:    Mask:
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
          inet addr:      Bcast:      Mask:

Simply put 2 "dhcp-range" options in your


# dhcp-range=[network-id,],[[,],][,]

You can then use the different "network-id" values with "dhcp-option" to customize the options your DHCP server will supply to your wired and wireless DHCP clients.

for example

#set the default route for dhcp clients on the wlan side to
#set the dns server for the dhcp clients on the wlan side to
#set the default route for dhcp clients on the lan side to
#set the dns server for the dhcp clients on the lan side to

Configuring dnsmasq to generate DHCP responses to ONLY known clients

There are situations where you want dnsmasq to generate DHCP addresses for only known clients (as defined in

). First, set

to indicate that no addresses are to be generated. Then, modify the file

to included the lines
        if [ "${num:-150}" = "0" ]; then

after the calls to
. Restart the daemon or reboot.

Configuring dnsmasq to associate client hostnames with DHCP-supplied IP addresses

You will need the following lines in your

file: (Adjust IP address if your router is not


That's it for dnsmasq on the router. The trick is that the DHCP client must send its hostname during the DHCP negotiation. The

file, which may be in
(debian) or
(kubuntu), needs to have a single line uncommented and edited:

send host-name "hostname";

Save the file, then restart the interface. Repeat on all client systems.

Configuring dnsmasq to broadcast WINS server information

You will need the following line in your

file: (Adjust IP address if your WINS server is not


Now as your machines release and renew DHCP information they will obtain the address of the WINS server automatically.

Configuring dnsmasq to broadcast External DNS server information

The following change to your /etc/dnsmasq.conf file will allow for automatic configuration of your DHCP clients to use DNS servers other than one on the router.


Or you can do the same in /etc/config/dhcp:

config 'dhcp' 'lan'
	list 'dhcp_option' '6,ipaddress1,ipaddress2'

As your machines release and renew their DHCP configuration they will obtain the address of the new DNS servers automatically.

SIP-Phones and dnsmasq

By default, the option filterwin2k in dnsmasq is activated, which seems to cause to block queries for SRV records.

SRV records are not only used by Windows computers to find their domaincontrollers but also used by e.g SIP-Phones to find the server responsible for a given domain.

SRV records are a kind of generalized MX records.

Therefore, the filterwin2k option needs to be disabled in order to let SIP-Phones work that use dnsmasq as their DNS server.

Commented out in /etc/dnsmasq.conf or de-activate it in the web-interface.

Or you can do the same in /etc/config/dhcp:

config 'dnsmasq'
	option 'filterwin2k' '0'

DNS filtering


log continuously filled with DHCPINFORM / DHCPACK

Windows 7 among others ask for proxy settings using DHCP. The issue is that they do not stop asking until they have received an answer. This results in that the log contains a lot information about these requests, an example can be found below (thanks for for the info).

Jul 1 06:34:09 MorganB3 dnsmasq-dhcp[1638]: DHCPINFORM(br0) 00:23:14:c5:33:fc
Jul 1 06:34:09 MorganB3 dnsmasq-dhcp[1638]: DHCPACK(br0) 00:23:14:c5:33:fc MorgansVaioF12Z

To solve this, edit /etc/dnsmasq.conf and add the following lines:

# This will tell DHCP clients to not ask for proxy information
# Some clients, like Windows 7, will constantly ask if not told NO
and restart dnsmasq with /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

Assigning dnsmasq Queryport

The queryport is not the dns server port used by dhcp clients, it is the outgoing port dnsmasq uses to query other servers, and is integral to dnsmasq succesfully assigning DNS values to the DHCP clients. The default settings create arbitrary high port number connections on a range of ports. By assigning an option line like " option queryport '30000' " in /etc/config/dhcp, one can constrain those connections to a port you assign. Be certain that your firewall allows outbound connections from the router on the query port that you assign.

As a caution, dnsmasq runs as user "nobody" on openwrt so it is not allowed to create listening sockets on ports < 1024. Using the standard DNS port 53 for these queries will fail. The failure can be found in the logs. Logread will show an "ignoring nameserver" error line like:

Jan 01 01:01:01 MyRoutersName daemon.warn dnsmasq[3490]: ignoring nameserver - cannot make/bind socket: Permission denied
Do not assign query ports less than 1024 to the queryport.


2) currently, linux /etc/resolv.conf file is limited to three nameservers, see resolv.conf(5) manpage
ru/doc/howto/dhcp.dnsmasq.txt · Last modified: 2015/02/10 21:27 by fingerskillz