If you ever used Google to search for a website, then you have definitely used a DNS. The DNS or Domain Name System is the directory of the internet which translates the web addresses into their respective IP addresses.
This process happens within milliseconds but some DNS servers are faster than others. Usually your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides the DNS but they are usually slower, unreliable at times and not very private.
However there are many different DNS servers you can try if your concern is privacy and speed.
Changing the DNS server using the control panel
- In order to change the DNS settings on Windows 10, first open Control panel
- Click on “Network and Internet”
- Next click on “Network and Sharing center”
- Click on “Change adapter settings”. Shown below inside the red box
- In the new window, right click on the network which is connected to the internet. The network with an internet connection will not have ‘Disabled’ or ‘Network cable unplugged’ labelled.
- Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ > click on Properties
- Now check the Use the following DNS server addresses: option
- Type in your “preferred” and “alternate” DNS server addresses
Here are some of the main public DNS settings (preferred and alternate):
- Google public DNS: 22.214.171.124 and 0.0.1
- Cloudflare: 126.96.36.199 and 0.0.1
- OpenDNS: 67.222.222 and 188.8.131.52
- Click on OK
Once you complete the steps above, the device will immediately start using the DNS settings that you specified. Congratulations!
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