When it comes to setting up your Netgear router, one of the essential configurations you need to make is the DNS server. The DNS server plays a crucial role in translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing your devices to connect to websites and web services. In this article, we will explore what the DNS server is for Netgear routers and how you can configure it.
What is a DNS Server?
A DNS (Domain Name System) server is like a phone book for the internet. When you type a website’s domain name in your browser’s address bar, such as www.example.com, your device needs to know the corresponding IP address of that website to establish a connection. The DNS server helps in resolving this translation by providing the IP address associated with the domain name.
Netgear DNS Server Settings
To configure the DNS server on your Netgear router, follow these steps:
- Open a web browser on a device connected to your Netgear router.
- Type “www.routerlogin.net” or “192.168.1.1” into the address bar and press Enter.
- You will be prompted to enter your router’s username and password. Enter them and click Login.
- Navigate to the “Advanced” tab or section in your router’s settings.
- Look for the “Setup” or “Internet Setup” option and click on it.
- Scroll down until you find the “DNS Address” fields.
Using Automatic DNS
By default, most Netgear routers use automatic DNS settings provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This means that your router will automatically obtain and use the DNS servers specified by your ISP. In this case, you don’t need to make any changes to the DNS server settings.
Using Custom DNS
If you want to use custom DNS servers, such as Google DNS or OpenDNS, you can manually specify them in the DNS Address fields. Here are a few popular DNS server options:
- Google Public DNS: Primary: 8.8.8, Secondary: 8.4.4
- OpenDNS: Primary: 126.96.36.199, Secondary: 208.220.220
- Cloudflare: Primary: 1.1, Secondary: 1.0.1
To use custom DNS servers, simply replace the existing IP addresses in the DNS Address fields with the ones provided by your preferred DNS service.
Save and Apply Changes
After making any changes to the DNS server settings on your Netgear router, don’t forget to save and apply the changes by clicking on the “Apply” or “Save” button at the bottom of the page.
In conclusion, configuring the DNS server for your Netgear router is a straightforward process that allows you to either use automatic settings provided by your ISP or specify custom DNS servers of your choice.
Note: It’s always a good idea to write down your original DNS settings before making any changes so that you can revert back if needed.