Changing your router’s DNS settings to increase speed and security

By , Apr 29, 2016

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At times, you may experience slow hiccups while trying to use the internet from your home. Sometimes, these problems can be attributed to your router’s DNS settings because your ISP may not always have the best DNS server speeds.

Your DNS server settings can also affect your security as you use the internet because some DNS servers come with built-in firewalls and security measures to prevent you from opening malicious or phishing websites, while others don’t do anything at all to protect you.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can edit the DNS settings on your wireless router if you’re experiencing slower internet speeds than you should be.

Slow speeds or poor security? Try changing your DNS

A poor DNS server will become easily flooded as users spam it with requests to use the internet. This is why internet users often see speed hiccups in their service from their ISPs. Sometimes, the servers just aren’t well-enough equipped to handle that much traffic.

A good DNS server not only has the resources to handle everyone’s web requests without impacting the performance of your downloads and uploads, but also includes security features to help keep you from stumbling upon websites that are known for fraud and stealing information.

Ideally, you want to find a DNS server that has a good mix of these two features – speed and security. Once you do, you can easily add it to your router’s DNS settings to take advantage of it every time you want to use the internet on any of your devices.

Google‘s Public DNS server is a tried and true, fast and reliable server, so if you want one that’s going to provide speed and reliability, it’s a good way to go. For that reason, this is the DNS server I will be adding in this tutorial. There are also other options such as OpenDNS, a free service as well.

How to change your router’s DNS settings

All routers are different in terms of how they’re configured, but what you’ll be looking for when you open your wireless router settings in a web browser, such as Safari, will be essentially the same, so please bear with us if your router settings don’t look exactly the same as ours.

For this tutorial, I’ll be demonstrating how to change your router’s DNS settings from a Verizon FiOS (now Frontier in my area) wireless router. Keep in mind that your user interface may vary slightly based on router manufacturer, but the settings should be mostly similar.

To change your router’s DNS, follow these steps:

1) Launch your web browser of choice and in the URL bar, type in and press the return/enter key on your keyboard.

Changing router DNS login

2) What you will see is a login screen where you can enter your username and password for your router – so now you will log in.

3) If your credentials were correct, you’ll be brought to the main configuration page for your router. Click on your router’s network settings button to configure your network in-depth. Mine is called My Network.

Router DNS settings main page

4) Once you load up your network, click on your editing button for the main source of your internet connection. Mine is going to be my Ethernet/Coaxial connection.

Change Router DNS Settings Broadband Connection

5) You may get a warning message that editing these settings could mess with your internet connection – go ahead and continue anyway if you’re prompted.

6) The next interface shows all the properties of your internet connection. Look for a settings or edit button – in my case it was settings.

Change Router DNS Settings Properties

7) Once in editing mode, look for a field related to the DNS settings. In some cases, you may need to change the setting to manual so it can be modified rather than automatically set.

Change DNS Settings Manually

8) Choose a DNS server you wish to use, such as Google’s Public DNS server (, or, and plug it into the primary and secondary DNS settings. Afterwards, click on the apply or save button at the bottom of the page.

Change DNS router settings Google Public DNS

9) After saving your changes, you will be forwarded to the same page you were at before, where you can verify your DNS change.

Change DNS Settings Done

10) Your router may show an IP address of for a few moments as it renews your DHCP lease and re-configures your network. Just give it about 30 seconds and your internet should be fully functional once again.

That’s all there is to it! You’ve changed your network’s DNS settings, and because you’ve done it from the router instead of the device itself, this change affects every machine on your network immediately.

Wrapping up

There are tons of DNS servers out there to choose from, including some that block ads from all websites, some that enhance your security, and some that just offer improvements to speed.

Keep in mind, internet speed increases are subjective. If you’re already using a fast DNS server, then you may not see a speed increase. The people that will see speed increases are those that are using slow DNS servers to start with.

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Did changing your router’s DNS server help your internet speeds at all? Share your experience in the comments below.

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  • Valinor

    Yeah, use googles dns so google knows which sites you’re visiting.

    • hkgsulphate

      your ISP always knows anyway

      • Valinor

        Thats a necessary “evil”.
        Also my ISP’s main income isn’t collecting information and advertisements.

      • Guy

        Your sharing with Google with or without dns. If your friends use google your googled no matter how limited.

    • Mark S

      Why are you worried about someone knowing what sites you visit? Do you have something to hide? Are you doing something wrong?

      • c1275551

        Yes. Yes I do.

      • c1275551

        Don’t you?

      • c1275551

        If you’r having problems with your anus, I for one wouldn’t want that information shared.

      • c1275551


      • Valinor

        I’m not hiding, I just dont want to share it with google. My isp knows the same shit, also the government probably. But Google, no thanks.

        Also what c1275551 said: no need for google to know I had issues with my anus. 😛

    • JulianZH

      as long as you are on the internet, you dont have privacy

  • sun

    which dns server do you trust then?

    • OpenDNS are probably the most trustworthy. But quite frankly, as much as it pains me to say that, Google’s is still the fastest and most reliable in my experience.

      • Guy

        Why the pain google already has your info. It may be it limited forum but none the less they have it.

    • Personally I use the FiOS DNS server. I’ve never had problems with it.

      • Satyam Panchal

        What is IP address of fios dns

    • OpenNIC. free domains with their dns

  • Jacob S

    It depends on individual situations. You don’t have to change DNS settings unless your router doesn’t allow custom controls (parental etc.) and your internet speed is slower than your allotted speed limit. Nowadays reputed ISPs has their own dependable DNS service. I’m on xfinity, my allotted speed is 200/10 Mbps. If I change my DNS to google or opendns, my speed will be limited to 190-200/8mbps. If I leave xfinity DNS alone, I get 240/12mbps.

    • Skoven

      what are you talking about? DNS and bandwidth has nothing to do with each other….

  • tastydisqus

    If you want to change your DNS is recommend running a benchmark first. Add your ISPs in before you do.

    Also, changing your DNS could actually slow down things like Netflix and YouTube as the DNS resolves your Domain directly to a server instant to a load balancer. When the the server allows the connection and many other people use the same DNS server and get to the same server the speed of the server itself could a problem.

    Remember, your ISPs probably has a Netflix OpenConnect box and would be serving videos faster than if route to a further CDN.

  • Valinor

    Why are our comments removed?? You can’t say anus on this blog? Its just a body part. Its not like he used the word in a bad manner.
    And even if the example was “different”, he did make a valid point.
    Its not any of googles business if you have a medical problem and are looking up some information.
    Google didnt like our comments?

  • chrisz5z

    There’s really no need to benchmark DNS servers as stated in the previous comments.

    All you need is an app called namebench. It will find the fasted DNS servers for your internet connection.


  • QuarterSwede

    I’ve got my ISPs local DNS as my primary and Google DNS as my secondary. About the only time I change it is when a device doesn’t work with my local DNS. I have a Sony BluRay player that won’t stream without stutter using my local DNS. Fortunately it has its own configurable DNS settings so I don’t have to change my network’s.

  • TommyS

    Can someone kindly tell me the steps to do this on TP Link router? much appreciated for replies.

    • chrisz5z

      Find the model number of your TP-Link router then do a search on Google

  • Jesus

    If using a rouder modem

    combo, or on some rouders the address is Try that if you get nowhere with

  • throttle clutch e brake

    How can this be performed on a Comcast router, Anthony?

    Can I send you some screenshots of what i’m looking at since my settings isn’t exactly like yours? I only see “DNS” on a page then after selecting edit, DNS is not visible anymore