[Procedure] How to change your DNS

Oh, the things that can go wrong with a bad DNS. DNS (or Domain Name Server) is what "matches" your everyday links to the internetz with an actual IP address - how else would your packets know where to travel to when you visit! In the worst case scenario when using a bad DNS, the requests you make to our domains will not be answered - because they don't reach their destination. Imagine it like your very physical network packets are floating in space; you don't want that right? Of course not. To make sure this doesn't happen, use one of the two suggested DNS' - Google Public DNS or Quad 9.

  • Go to the Control Panel / Settings.
  • Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > 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 Connection > Properties.
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.
    • If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.
  • Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  • Click OK.
  • Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
    Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:
    • (Google Public) For IPv4: and
    • (Google Public) For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and 2001:4860:4860::8844
    • (Quad 9) For IPv4:
  • Restart the connection you selected in step 3.

Good luck on the path.

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