How Do I Know My DNS Server?


Angela Bailey

How Do I Know My DNS Server?

When it comes to troubleshooting network issues or setting up new devices on your network, knowing your DNS server can be extremely useful. DNS (Domain Name System) is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access websites and other internet resources.

In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to determine your DNS server:

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

If you’re using a Windows operating system, you can easily find your DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.
  4. Scroll through the results until you find the section labeled “DNS Servers.”

Method 2: Using Network Preferences (Mac)

If you’re using a Mac, you can find your DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.”
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Network.”
  3. Select your active network connection from the list on the left-hand side.
  4. Click on the “Advanced” button in the bottom-right corner.
  5. In the Advanced window, navigate to the “DNS” tab.

Method 3: Using Router Configuration Page

If you have access to your router’s configuration page, you can find your DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Open a web browser and enter your router’s IP address in the address bar.
  2. Log in to your router using the administrator credentials.
  3. Navigate to the DNS settings page (this location may vary depending on your router).
  4. You should see the primary and secondary DNS server addresses listed.


Knowing your DNS server is essential for troubleshooting network issues and configuring devices on your network. By following the methods outlined in this tutorial, you can easily determine your DNS server, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or have access to your router’s configuration page.

Remember: If you’re experiencing network problems, it might be worth considering changing your DNS server to a faster or more reliable one. But that’s a topic for another tutorial!

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