How to Switch to OpenDNS or Google DNS

opengooglelogo
To download these tutorials for OFFLINE viewing or for archive purposes please (Click here to download)
(Clicking the “.zip” will open the Archive, un-zip the .mht files then use one of the plugins below to view them)

You can open .mht WebArchive files directly inside FireFox Or Google Chrome by installing a plugin


Your local internet service provider probably doesn’t have the fastest DNS servers, and that can slow down your browsing, since your browser needs to look up the IP address of every web site you try to view. Here is how to switch to either OpenDNS or Google DNS for faster browsing times.

Switching to a Better DNS Provider

The first thing we need to do is right-click on the network status notification icon and choose to Open the Network and Sharing Center from the context menu.

image

Then click on the Change adapter settings hyperlink on the left-hand side of the Network and Sharing Center.

image

Now right-click on the network adapter you wish to change the DNS settings for and select properties from the context menu.

image

When the properties for your network adapter open, you will need to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) from the list, then click properties.

image

Our example will have opened the IPv4 settings for your network adapter. You will see in the bottom half of the dialog that your PC is set to get its DNS settings “automatically”. You will need to change that so that we can manually specify the DNS servers we want to use. Now simply choose a service below and enter the DNS server addresses.

Google DNS

Preferred: 8.8.8.8
Alternate: 8.8.4.4

OpenDNS

Preferred: 208.67.222.222
Alternate: 208.67.220.220

We opted to go with Google DNS for now — while they could use this data to track your browsing habits, personally we’re not that worried about it.

image

That is all there it to it. Now you can move away from you’re ISP’s DNS systems. This might not let you un-lock the piratebay etc. But it will however stop your ISP from being the one in control of how to route all you’re traffic