Microsoft and Verizon will start offering a new way to connect to the Internet, one that doesn’t rely on legacy DNS.
The new system, dubbed DNS-for-dns, will allow users to set up a “public” DNS domain, or any DNS address that’s open to all devices, with a “private” domain for themselves.
When the system launches later this year, Microsoft and telecoms will offer it to anyone who has a broadband internet connection, though there are still some technical hurdles to overcome before it will work.
The two companies are also opening up DNS for mobile apps, allowing users to use their personal DNS to access their mobile devices.
But those features won’t be available to everyone.
Microsoft and its partner, AT&T, are offering the new service to select consumers, and they plan to roll it out to a wider group of users, including “mobile device makers,” “Internet service providers,” and “mobile operators.”
The two plans will work with different types of broadband connections, so a mobile device with an active connection to Verizon’s network won’t work with a broadband connection that hasn’t been officially certified by AT&&.t.
Verizon said in a blog post that the DNS-only service will be available later this summer.
The company said the new DNS service will allow customers to connect a phone to a home network, which will then be used to “discover” the device and configure it as a “client.”
The phone then will be able to “disconnect” from the home network and connect to a public network for connecting to other devices.
The device will then use a different DNS server to connect directly to the public DNS server.
This will make the DNS server for the phone’s private IP address accessible to all other devices, including the phone itself.
“As the first-ever public DNS solution for a mobile phone, this new DNS offering from Microsoft and Nokia will enable people to connect their mobile device to the cloud, while still providing an easy and cost-effective way to access the Internet,” Michael Geoghegan, vice president and general manager of Microsoft Networks, said in the blog post.
The DNS-based approach allows users to connect more devices to a phone than previously possible, which should mean that devices can connect to each other more easily and more reliably, said Patrick Smith, an expert in Internet-of-Things security who has been using Nokia’s DNS system for more than two years.
“The fact that it works on mobile devices means that it can be used on desktop PCs, laptops, and other devices without needing a VPN,” Smith said.
The move by Microsoft to allow its customers to have their own DNS is a significant step forward in the DNS landscape.
But it will require more work from telecoms and broadband providers to get the system working in a way that can’t be changed by users.
In order to enable the DNS service, users must have a “dynamic” public IP address.
A static IP address can be set up on any device, and it’s the default for a wide variety of devices, such as PCs, phones, and tablets.
That makes it very easy to set your device to use a DNS server on any Internet address, said Mike Sager, director of IP solutions for VeriSign, a leading provider of public DNS.
However, when the DNS is changed, it’s possible that someone will attempt to hijack the connection.
The only way to prevent this is to make sure that your device has an IP address that is unique to your device, Sager said.
Verizon has been working on a similar DNS-focused service, called DNS-For-Device, for more the past few years, but that didn’t work out well because of the complexity of changing the IP address, Smith said, and because there wasn’t enough demand to use the DNS on every device.
Nokia has said that its DNS service could be used in more ways than just phones, tablets, and PCs.
It will work on smartphones and other tablets, too, though its current DNS services are only available to those who have a Nokia Mobile Device, which means that there is no way to use Nokia’s service on a smartphone.
In a statement, Microsoft said the DNS DNS-service “will allow customers who have an active Nokia Mobile device to connect it to the DNS.”
The company added that “when the DNS for device owners becomes available to more users, this will enable Nokia to continue to deliver the most advanced public DNS services on a broad range of devices.”