How Do I Find My DNS Server Using Nslookup?
When troubleshooting network issues or configuring network settings, it’s often necessary to find the DNS (Domain Name System) server that your device is using. The DNS server is responsible for translating human-readable domain names (like example.com) into IP addresses that computers can understand.
Using Nslookup to Find Your DNS Server
Nslookup is a powerful command-line tool that allows you to query DNS servers and retrieve information about domain names. It can also be used to find the DNS server your device is currently using. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt or Terminal
To use Nslookup, you need to open the Command Prompt on Windows or Terminal on macOS and Linux. Simply search for “Command Prompt” or “Terminal” in the respective operating system’s search bar and open it.
Step 2: Run the Nslookup Command
Type the following command in the Command Prompt or Terminal:
This will launch the Nslookup tool and present you with a new command prompt.
Step 3: Query for Any Domain Name
To find your DNS server, you need to query for any domain name using Nslookup. Type a domain name of your choice (e.g., example.com) followed by pressing Enter:
Nslookup will then display various details related to the domain name you queried, including the IP address of the DNS server used for resolving it.
Step 4: Locate “Server” Field
Look for the line that starts with “Server:”. This line indicates the DNS server being used by your device. The IP address mentioned next to “Server:” is your DNS server.
Note: If you see multiple “Server:” lines, it means your device is configured to use multiple DNS servers in a specific order. The first IP address listed is usually the one that is being used.
In this tutorial, we learned how to find our DNS server using Nslookup. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily retrieve the IP address of the DNS server being used by your device. This information can be valuable when troubleshooting network issues or configuring network settings.
Remember, having a good understanding of your DNS server can help you diagnose and resolve various network-related problems efficiently.