Set Up Google DNS on a Router

Google’s pubic DNS servers are an alternative to those provided by your ISP, which may be out of date and cause some websites not to work when you try to access them. Normally, you can change DNS server settings for your computer, but this won’t affect other machines on your network. Routers like those from Netgear, LinkSys and Belkin allow you to use custom DNS servers from any device connected to the network, however. When done correctly, the process is seamless and you shouldn’t notice any difference in the way that your devices connect to the Internet.

 Netgear

  • Type “routerlogin.net” into your browser’s address bar. Enter your username and password when prompted.
  • Click “Internet” from the navigation. Scroll down until you see the Domain Name Server (DNS) Address section.
  • Select “Use these servers.” Type in “8.8.8.8” and “8.8.4.4” in the two fields. Click “Apply” to save the settings.

LinkSys

  • Access the control panel by typing “192.168.1.1” into your address bar. Type in your username and password.
  • Click “Setup” from the navigation options, then choose “Internet.”
  • Click “Manual Internet Connection Setup” and enter the Google DNS servers into the address bars before clicking the save button.

Belkin

  • Access your control panel by typing “192.168.2.1” into your browser’s address bar and pressing “Enter.” Type your username and password into the respective fields.
  • Click “Internet WAN” from the left menu and select “DNS.”
  • Erase any DNS settings in the Primary and Secondary fields. Enter “8.8.8.8” into Primary and “8.8.4.4” into Secondary. Save the settings.

Tips & Warnings

  •  You can always return to your ISP’s DNS settings by changing back to automatic DNS settings or resetting your router.
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