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If you have problems with network connection and slow browsing speed, you can replace the router’s DNS server with Google DNS, Open DNS or Cloudflare and see if it helps.
If you have never changed your DNS address, you probably still use the one your ISP gave you. Changing the DNS server is very easy, and in this way you can improve the privacy and security (and speed (to some extent)) of your device.
A DNS is a string of numbers that you must enter in your device to connect to the Internet. For example, Google’s DNS address is 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. It is very popular and easy to remember.
Changing your DNS settings is a simple process. However, before changing it, save the current DNS settings so that if something doesn’t work, you can easily go back to the old numbers.
The three fastest DNS servers in the world.
These DNS servers offer fast browsing speeds and do not track your Internet activity. They are free to use, so you can use any of them without any problem.
- Google’s public DNS server: Google’s DNS server is a free alternative for fast and secure browsing. To use Google’s DNS, you must use the following address
Primary DNS server: 220.127.116.11
Secondary DNS server: 18.104.22.168
- OpenDNS public DNS: OpenDNS offers free and paid DNS servers, although the paid server has some additional advantages, the free server is not bad either.
Primary DNS server: 22.214.171.124
Secondary DNS server: 126.96.36.199
- Norton connects Safe’s public DNS: Norton offers not only antivirus protection, but also a DNS service. Norton offers three different packages, each with its own unique character. But the free ones are the most commonly used.
Primary DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Secondary DNS server: 184.108.40.206.10
To change the DNS settings of your router
The DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.
- Go to the Control Panel.
- Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing > Change adapter settings.
- Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
- To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Network Connection > Properties.
- To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.
- If you are asked for an administrator password or confirmation, enter or confirm the password.
- Select the Network tab. Under This connection uses the following elements, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), then click Properties.
- Click on Advanced, then select the DNS tab. If it lists the IP addresses of DNS servers, note them for future use and delete them from this window.
- Click on OK.
- Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If the preferred DNS server or another DNS server lists IP addresses, note them for future use.
Replace these addresses with the IP addresses of Google DNS servers:
For IPv4: 220.127.116.11 and/or 18.104.22.168
For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
For IPv6 only: You can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses of the previous element.
To change the DNS settings of your PC at the command prompt
Depending on how you use the operating system, you may not have access to the Control Panel, but you can still change the DNS settings via certain command lines, as shown here:
Locate the command prompt, right-click on the result and select Run as administrator.
Type the following command to display the names of your network adapters and press Enter :
wmic nic gets NetConnectionID
Type the following command to change the network settings, then press Enter :
Type the following command to set the primary DNS IP address and press Enter :
interface ip set dns name=”ADAPTER-NAME” source=”static” address=”X.X.X.X”.
Remember in the command to use ADAPTER NAME with the Na command
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