How to access Handshake sites

A walkthrough for resolving Handshake domains with NextDNS.io

HNS.to

Use the experimental HNS.to search engine to access Handshake names — try searching "welcome.nb" or "home.johnnywu".

Note HNS.to does not work for all Handshake names so you may still want to change your DNS settings to fully resolve Handshake names.

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Share a screenshot of a resolvable Handshake website in the Namer Community to earn the <Resolver> role.

To learn more about DNS, try DNS refresher.

NextDNS

Windows

Estimated setup time: 1-2 minutes

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  1. Go to "Network & Internet" through "Start" > "Settings" and open "Change adapter options".

  2. Right click the network you are connected to and open its "Properties" to select "Internet Protocol Version 4" and open its "Properties".

  3. Visit https://nextdns.io/ and click "Try it now for free". Scroll down "How To Setup" and copy the two 9 digit bold addresses under the "IPv4 (with linked IP)" section.

  4. Select "Use the following DNS server addresses" in "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties" to paste the two addresses. If you have existing addresses you’ll need to replace them with your 2 new DNS addresses.

  5. Return to your browser and click the refresh button by “Currently linked IP” at the top of the "Setup" tab, and then go to the "Settings" tab to turn on "Resolve Handshake domains".

  6. Visit our welcome page here: http://welcome.nb./!

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Step 1: Open settings and Change adapter options
Step 2: Open Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties
Step 3: Copy both addresses
Step 4: Paste both addresses
Step 5: Turn on Resolve Handshake domains

macOS

Estimated setup time: 1-2 minutes

  1. Go to "Network" through "Apple Logo" > "System Preferences", then click "Advanced..." and the "DNS" tab.

  2. Visit https://nextdns.io/ and click "Try it now for free". Scroll down "Setup Guide" and copy the two 9 digit bold addresses under the "IPv4 (with linked IP)" section.

  3. Click "+" in your Mac's DNS tab to paste the two addresses, and then click "OK" and "Apply". If you have other addresses, just drag your 2 new DNS addresses to the top of the list.

  4. Return to your browser and click the refresh button by “Linked IP” at the top of the "Setup" tab, and then go to the "Settings" tab to turn on "Resolve Handshake domains".

  5. Visit our welcome page here: http://welcome.nb./!

Mobile

Estimated setup time: 2-3 minutes

  1. Download and install the NextDNS app for either Android or iOS.

  2. Visit https://nextdns.io/ and tap "Try it now for free". Scroll down "How To Setup" and copy the six-character ID under the "NextDNS Official App" section.

  3. Open the NextDNS app's settings and turn on "Use custom configuration". When prompted for the "Configuration ID", paste the six-character ID you copied earlier.

  4. Connect the NextDNS app and tap "OK" when prompted for a "VPN Connection" request.

  5. Return to your browser and go to the "Settings" tab to turn on "Resolve Handshake domains".

  6. Visit our welcome page here: http://welcome.nb./!

The following procedures are setup instructions provided by NextDNS. Though these have yet to be tested by Namebase staff, they should still work.

Linux

Change your DNS servers to 45.90.28.187 and 45.90.30.187. Make sure you have linked the IP of the network you will setup.

Router

  1. Open the preferences for your router. Usually you can access it from your browser via a URL (like http://192.168.0.1/ or http://192.168.1.1/).

  2. Locate the DNS settings inside the interface.

  3. Remove all addresses (if any) then add 45.90.28.187 and 45.90.30.187.

  4. Click Save (or similar).