Default domain for home network

Eric Luehrsen ericluehrsen at
Sun Feb 7 18:40:19 UTC 2021

On 2/7/21 11:50 AM, Koos Pol via Unbound-users wrote:
> Op 07-02-2021 om 17:18 schreef tito:
>> On Sun, 7 Feb 2021 16:25:43 +0100
>> Koos Pol via Unbound-users<unbound-users at>  wrote:
>>> Background: I have Unbound running on OPNSense as my home network DNS
>>> server.
>>> Question: Is there a setting to have Unbound resolve plain host names
>>> (*cookie*) against my default LAN domain (*sesame.street*)?
>>> At home, my laptops use /etc/resolv.conf, so everything without a
>>> domain name (*cookie*), automatically gets the local LAN domain for
>>> free (*sesame.street*). Now everything resolves just fine:
>>> *cookie.sesame.street.**
>>> *
>>> But I'm running into this issue with the Android phones, which seem
>>> to strictly query host names (without the local domain name).
>>> (Ofcourse, they are on DHCP so to do have the local domain name.) As
>>> a result, Unbound doesn't resolve those queries, but forwards
>>> *cookie* to the root servers. Which is kinda silly.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Koos
>> Hi,
>> something like this should work:
>> 1) bind the ip of laptops and android phones to their wifi MAC address
>>      so that they get handed out always the same ip and your
>>       internal unbound as dns server
>> 2) set all boxes with wired connections to static ip addresses
>> 3) add:    include: "/var/lib/unbound/local-data.conf"  to your
>>        unbound.conf file with something like (use your ip):
>> local-data: "cookie A 192.168.XXX.YYY"
>> local-data: "cookie.sesame.street A 192.168.XXX.YYY"
>> 4) restart unbound
>> Ciao,
>> Tito
> Thanks for the suggestion. But that's basically getting back to fixed IP 
> addresses, albeit centralized. And you need to maintain it. I'm hoping 
> for an /etc/resolv kind of behavioral switch.

You can implement Tito's recommendations with a DHCP hook script. All 
DHCP servers have one. This will keep maintenance to a minimum. If 
static IP are handled through DHCP, then those should be recorded also. 
You can write a file like "dhcp.conf" and include it in 
/etc/unbound/unbound.conf. However to prevent restarting Unbound 
frequently, you also should use unbound-control to insert "local-data:" 
Assume Unbound is a pure recursive resolver even though it does have a 
few extras. It will not append search or default domain to a host name 
query. It won't have other assumptions or shortcuts like dnsmasq or 
windows client.
Example from OpenWrt: 
- Eric

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