If your local internet service provider does not have the fastest DNS servers, you can switch into Google DNS Servers for a faster web browsing experience. But before going to discuss Google DNS, let’s know what DNS servers are.
DNS servers work by matching the domain names that you type in your applications or web browsers to their associated IP address. When you type a domain name into your web browser, your PC contacts the DNS servers it has listed. The DNS server checks into the IP address of that domain name and then your PC sends the browsing request to that IP address.
It all seems so simple but the process is actually very complicated. Sometimes it is the problem with the DNS server that most IPs use, its slow and unreliable.
But Google and Open DNS both maintain their own IPs, free public DNS servers that are considerably faster and provide a reliable connection. I will tell you the right way to use Google DNS Servers in your PC. This technique applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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How to set Google DNS Server?
- Right-click on the network status icon from the system tray of your computer
- Next click on Open the Network and Internet Sharing Settings
- In the Network and Internet Sharing Settings menu, click the Change adapter option
- From the Network Connections window, right-click on the connection for which you want to change DNS server settings and next click on Properties option from the context menu
- In the properties window, you will find the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) name on the list, select that and hit the Properties button
- In the bottom of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) Properties window, you can see the DNS settings now
- Here you have to select the Use the following DNS server addresses option and next; you have to enter the IP addresses for the DNS servers you want to use, you may need to know the alternate DNS server
Here is the IP address of Google DNS Server:
- Click the OK button after entering the addresses.
Alternatives for Google DNS Server- OpenDNS
Besides of Google DNS, Open DNS is another biggest name in the fastest DNS servers worldwide. This free DNS service offers you high speeds, 100% uptime, phishing sites blocked by default, optional parental controls-type web filtering, block websites, and free email support.
If you want, you can buy the standard plan for around $20 (£14.30) a year which will enable you to view a history of your internet activity. You can reconfigure your device to use the OpenDNS servers. You can follow the steps I have given in Google DNS Servers setup methods to set up OpenDNS on your PC.
You will experience quicker and more reliable DNS lookups now. Though it’s not going to make your browser suddenly faster, still every little bit of change helps. For further information, you can fill the comment box below to interact with us.