How To Make Use Of Custom DNS Servers On Windows Computers


17.03.2011

How To Make Use Of Custom DNS Servers On Windows Computers

A custom DNS server can be very useful. For example, using Google DNS you’ll have a better performance (speed) when you browse the Internet. Other services can provide protection from your children against unsuitable content or malware. This kind of protection is provides by services such as OpenDNS and Sunbelt ClearCloud.

This tutorial will teach you how to set up DNS servers, you guessed. The router is the best place to set a custom DNS server. You can also make the changes directly on your computers, if you don’t want to poke the router settings.

Hit the Windows button (or the start button, depending on what Windows version you are using). Type ncpa.cpl in the search box and press Enter. Most computers have several network adapters. For example the laptop has wireless and plug-in. But only one is connecting you to the Internet.

Now, you have to find out which connection is active. To do that, just click the arrow to display a list of options, then select Details. Next to your active connection, the Internet Access is displayed by the connectivity column. Double click the suitable connection, and press the Properties button on the connection status window. After that, choose the Internet Protocol version 4.

On the TCP/IP properties page, select “Use the following DNS server addresses”. You can enter your custom servers here.

  • If you want to have more speed you can use: Google DNS Primary / Secondary: 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4

  • For a good content filtering use: OpenDNS Primary / Secondary: 208.67.222.222 / 208.67.220.220

  • For an efficient protection against malware and phishing sites: Sunbelt ClearCloud Primary / Secondary: 74.118.212.1 / 74.118.212.2.

You could also use NameBench which is an application that shows the DNS provider that has the best performance in your area, in case you are interested in having more speed.

Internet Protocol Version 4

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