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How do I change the DNS server my computer uses ?

Note that if you are behind a router, you may have to change DNS settings using the router management interface, rather than the ones in Windows.

To change DNS servers in Windows XP/2k/2k3 Server use the following steps:

1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Network Connections and locate the network device associated with your Internet connection (often labeled "Local Area Connection" with broadband). Make sure to use the right one before proceeding.

2. Right-click on the network connection, and choose Properties.

3. In the General tab, double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).

4. In the bottom half of the window, choose to "Use the following DNS server addresses:"

5. Add one or more DNS servers, click OK to exit all windows.

There are a number of public DNS servers one can use with the above, you might want to try a Google search, or one of the following: - Google - Google - OpenDNS - OpenDNS - ScrubIt - ScrubIt - dnsadvantage - dnsadvantage

Note: Please let us know if some of these are out of date, or if you feel there are faster/better public DNS servers we should add.

  User Reviews/Comments:
by IT Student - 2009-11-12 01:42

[ openDNS dot com ] displays their public DNS servers on their main page for your use. (Lower - left of front page).

DynDNS also have public DNS servers
by j7nj7n - 2015-04-26 13:07
Make the changes to DNS servers in your router. This way they apply to all computers on the LAN at once (provided they either receive DHCP settings "automatically" from the router or query the recursive DNS on the router itself). If a server becomes slow or unreachable, you only need to change it in the router without access to every computer. If you have many computers/devices going to the same web sites, a recursive DNS cache on the router (if it is reliable) might save a some bandwidth and latency.

With a MikroTik router, you can also force all LAN computers to use a particular DNS server, regardless of what they have chosen in the OS, by creating a dst-nat rule for udp port 53. (dst-nat is normally used for port forwarding, but actually works both ways)
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