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How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Are you still using your service provider’s DNS servers? You might have heard about Comcast’s DNS servers dying and taking down the internet for anybody not using the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS. Here’s how to set it up on your Verizon FIOS router for every device on your network.

Are you still using the service provider’s DNS server? You may have heard that Comcast’s DNS server will crash, and anyone who does not use the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS will not be able to use the Internet. This is how to set up on the Verizon FIOS router of all devices on the network.

There’s lots of other reasons to use OpenDNS or Google DNS other than just their rock-solid reliability—they are often much faster than your ISP’s DNS server, and in the case of OpenDNS, there’s loads of extra features like content filtering, typo correction, anti-phishing, and child protection controls.

In addition to rock-solid reliability, there are many other reasons to use OpenDNS or Google DNS-they are usually much faster than ISP’s DNS servers, and in the case of OpenDNS, there are many additional features, such as Content filtering, typo correction, anti-phishing and child protection control.

If you’re using Windows, be sure and check out some of our other articles on the subject:

If you are using Windows, make sure and check out some other articles on this topic:

Otherwise, keep reading for how to set it up on your router.

Otherwise, please continue reading how to set it up on the router.

Set Up OpenDNS or Google DNS for your Verizon FIOS Router ( Setting Up OpenDNS or Google DNS for Your Verizon FIOS Router )

Once you’ve logged into your router—if you don’t know the password, see our article on how to reset it to the default —go to the My Network icon, and then click Network Connections on the left menu.

After logging in to the router (if you don’t know the password, please refer to our article on how to reset it to the default password), go to the “My Network” icon, and click “Network Connections” on the left menu.

Once you’re there, you’ll see a list of connections—this is where it’s important to choose the right one, which should say Broadband Connection or something similar, and there should be green text next to it saying “Connected”. Click the edit icon, or just click on the name to get to the edit screen.

When you get there, you will see a list of connections-it’s important to choose the correct connection here, the location should show “Broadband Connection” or something similar, and there should be green text next to it saying “Connected.” Click the edit icon, or just click the name to enter the edit screen.

Once you’re there, head to the Settings button at the bottom of the page.

Once you reach this page, go to the “Settings” button at the bottom of the page.

Now you’ll find the DNS Server drop-down menu about halfway down the page, which you’ll want to change to “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses”.

Now you will find the DNS server drop-down menu about halfway down the page, and you will want to change it to “Use the following DNS server address”.

After changing the drop-down menu, you’ll be able to enter in the DNS addresses in the next step. Make sure to click Apply after you’re done on each screen.

After changing the drop-down menu, you will be able to enter the DNS address in the next step. After completing the operation on each screen, make sure to click Apply.

Switching to Google DNS

Switch to Google DNS

If you want to use Google’s DNS servers, you can add the following two items to the list:

If you want to use Google’s DNS server, you can add the following two items to the list:

Switching to OpenDNS

Switch to OpenDNS

If you’d rather use OpenDNS instead, which has lots of extra features, you can use the following two entries:

If you want to switch to OpenDNS with many additional features, you can use the following two entries:

Once you’ve entered the new DNS server addresses, you’ll need to disconnect any devices from the network and reconnect them for the change to take effect. You’ll might also notice that some devices will continue to show 192.168.1.1 as one of the DNS server addresses—but it should redirect properly to the other DNS server.

After entering the new DNS server address, you need to disconnect all devices from the network and then reconnect them for the changes to take effect. You may also notice that some devices will continue to display 192.168.1.1 as one of the DNS server addresses, but it should be correctly redirected to another DNS server.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Вы все еще используете DNS-серверы своего поставщика услуг? Возможно, вы слышали о смерти DNS-серверов Comcast и отключении интернета для тех, кто не использует более надежные OpenDNS или Google DNS. Вот как настроить его на своем маршрутизаторе Verizon FIOS для каждого устройства в вашей сети.

Существует множество других причин для использования OpenDNS или Google DNS, помимо их непревзойденной надежности – они часто намного быстрее, чем DNS-сервер вашего интернет-провайдера, а в случае OpenDNS существует множество дополнительных функций, таких как фильтрация контента, исправление опечаток, защита от фишинга и защита детей.

Если вы используете Windows, обязательно ознакомьтесь с некоторыми другими нашими статьями на эту тему:

  • Ускорьте работу в Интернете с помощью публичного DNS Google
  • Легко добавить OpenDNS к вашему роутеру
  • Защитите своих детей онлайн, используя открытый DNS

В противном случае продолжайте читать о том, как настроить его на своем маршрутизаторе.

Настройка OpenDNS или Google DNS для вашего маршрутизатора Verizon FIOS

После того, как вы вошли в свой маршрутизатор – если вы не знаете пароль, ознакомьтесь с нашей статьей о том, как восстановить его по умолчанию, – перейдите к значку «Моя сеть» и нажмите «Сетевые подключения» в левом меню.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Как только вы окажетесь там, вы увидите список подключений – здесь важно выбрать правильное, которое должно быть «Широкополосное подключение» или что-то подобное, а рядом с ним должен быть зеленый текст с надписью «Подключено». Нажмите значок редактирования или просто нажмите на имя, чтобы перейти к экрану редактирования.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Когда вы окажетесь там, перейдите к кнопке «Настройки» внизу страницы.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Теперь вы найдете раскрывающееся меню DNS-сервера на полпути вниз, которое вы хотите изменить на «Использовать следующие адреса DNS-серверов».

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

После изменения выпадающего меню вы сможете ввести адреса DNS на следующем шаге. Не забудьте нажать кнопку Применить после того, как вы закончите на каждом экране.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Переключение на Google DNS

Если вы хотите использовать DNS-серверы Google, вы можете добавить в список следующие два элемента:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

Переключение на OpenDNS

Если вы предпочитаете использовать OpenDNS, который имеет множество дополнительных функций, вы можете использовать следующие две записи:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

После того, как вы ввели адреса нового DNS-сервера, вам нужно будет отключить все устройства от сети и повторно подключить их, чтобы изменения вступили в силу. Вы также можете заметить, что на некоторых устройствах по-прежнему будет отображаться 192.168.1.1 в качестве одного из адресов DNS-сервера, но он должен правильно перенаправляться на другой DNS-сервер.

Disclaimer. I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.

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Important Update: In August 2021, Verizon is progressively rolling out new firmware of the G3100 with a new UI. Some of these instructions have changed, I have included both the v2 and v3 firmware instructions in case your G3100 is not yet running the latest software.

Background

I have owned the Verizon G3100 almost since it came out. You can read my user review of the Verizon G3100 if you want to better understand my experience. I have also posted a guide on how to set a Static IP address on the Verizon G3100 here.

Changing the DNS Gateway Name Server on the G3100 is something only for the more technically minded. So please don’t do this just for fun, it can make your internet stop working, mess up the cable box, etc.

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you know what Google DNS, CloudFlare DNS, Open DNS, or PiHole is. These instructions will also work with other DNS services. There’s probably more than a 50% chance you are here because you want to use a PiHole with Verizon FiOS.

How to Change the Gateway DNS Server on Verizon G3100

Assumption

I am assuming you know why you want to do this and know how to reset your Verizon G3100 if you make a mistake. Also, if you are doing this to set up a PiHole you have set a static IP address for the PiHole first. If you need instructions on how to set a static IP address for the Verizon G3100, follow these instructions.

Important to note

Changing the DNS gateway server that your G3100 uses may stop your Verizon TV cable services (EPG, on-demand, DVR) from working. I no longer use Verizon for TV, so I don’t know how this will impact Verizon TV.

The instructions below were written for the 2.0x firmware, I have now added instructions for the 3.0x firmware.

Before you Begin

Look at the back of your Verizon G3100 router and note down the admin password to log in to the web interface. I’d recommend taking a photo, just to avoid accidentally missing something or making a mistake on a letter and spending a few frustrating minutes not able to log in. Keep in mind you want the Admin password, not the WiFi password.

  1. Open your browser and go to this website:
    • https://myfiosgateway.com/
      or you can go to
    • http://192.168.1.1/
  1. Don’t panic if you get a Security Warning, this is because the router is connecting via HTTP not HTTPs. This warning is completely normal. If you’re using Chrome, then in your browser:
    • click Advanced then scroll down and
    • click Proceed to MyFiosGateway (unsafe).

I have capitalized the text so it’s easier to read, but the website address will be in lower case (don’t worry, it’s safe).

  1. You will be at the Verizon G3100 login screen. Type in the Admin password and you will be able to log in.
    • the default username is “admin” (no quotes)
    • the password is whatever you wrote down from Before you Begin.

Tip: If you encounter any problems, check you are using the Admin password (not WiFi) and click Show Password to make sure you didn’t make a typo.

If your Verizon G3100 is using the new v3.x firmware:

  1. In the browser page that opens, on the top left click Advanced.
  2. In the left-hand menu, click Network Settings, then click NetworkConnections.
  3. Click Broadband Connection (Ethernet/Coax)

Then continue with Step 4 below:

If your Verizon G3100 is using the (old) v2.x firmware:

  1. In the browser page that opens, the top right box is called Network and there’s an arrow “>” on the very lower right. Click the arrow.
  2. In the middle, more to the right-hand side of the screen you will see Network Connections, click it.
  3. Click on Broadband Connection (Ethernet/Coax).
  1. Scroll down and you will see Settings, click it.
  2. Scroll down and you will see something labeled IPv4 and a dropdown that says Obtain IPv4 DNS Address Automatically. You want to change this, so click the dropdown and change it to Use the Following IPv4 DNS Addresses.
  3. Two new rows will appear where you can new DNS Servers for the Verizon G3100, to save you looking around, here are some common public DNS servers.
  4. Click Apply, the new IPv4 DNS settings will save to the G3100. You will get an Applying Settings dialog box and it will feel like the G3100 has crashed but it’s just slow to apply. It will be OK, just be patient (1-2minutes).

Tips: You may need to release/reset the internet connection on your devices to make sure they will use the new gateway. If you’re not technical, the quickest way is to turn them on and off.

Reminder The change may stop your Verizon TV services from working as expected. I no longer use Verizon for TV, so I don’t know for sure.

Yes, this is an IPv4 only not IPv6 but in my tests, Verizon FiOS currently doesn’t support IPv6 addresses.

If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

As a reminder, I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.

Are you still using your service provider’s DNS servers? You might have heard about Comcast’s DNS servers dying and taking down the internet for anybody not using the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS. Here’s how to set it up on your Verizon FIOS router for every device on your network.

您还在使用服务提供商的DNS服务器吗? 您可能已经听说过,Comcast的DNS服务器将崩溃,并且如果不使用更可靠的OpenDNS或Google DNS的任何人都无法使用Internet。 这是在网络上的所有设备的Verizon FIOS路由器上进行设置的方法。

There’s lots of other reasons to use OpenDNS or Google DNS other than just their rock-solid reliability—they are often much faster than your ISP’s DNS server, and in the case of OpenDNS, there’s loads of extra features like content filtering, typo correction, anti-phishing, and child protection controls.

If you’re using Windows, be sure and check out some of our other articles on the subject:

Otherwise, keep reading for how to set it up on your router.

为您的Verizon FIOS路由器设置OpenDNS或Google DNS ( Setting Up OpenDNS or Google DNS for Your Verizon FIOS Router )

Once you’ve logged into your router—if you don’t know the password, see our article on how to reset it to the default—go to the My Network icon, and then click Network Connections on the left menu.

Once you’re there, you’ll see a list of connections—this is where it’s important to choose the right one, which should say Broadband Connection or something similar, and there should be green text next to it saying “Connected”. Click the edit icon, or just click on the name to get to the edit screen.

Once you’re there, head to the Settings button at the bottom of the page.

Now you’ll find the DNS Server drop-down menu about halfway down the page, which you’ll want to change to “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses”.

After changing the drop-down menu, you’ll be able to enter in the DNS addresses in the next step. Make sure to click Apply after you’re done on each screen.

Switching to Google DNS

切换到Google DNS

If you want to use Google’s DNS servers, you can add the following two items to the list:

Switching to OpenDNS

切换到OpenDNS

If you’d rather use OpenDNS instead, which has lots of extra features, you can use the following two entries:

Once you’ve entered the new DNS server addresses, you’ll need to disconnect any devices from the network and reconnect them for the change to take effect. You’ll might also notice that some devices will continue to show 192.168.1.1 as one of the DNS server addresses—but it should redirect properly to the other DNS server.

If you’ve been wanting to change your DNS Resolvers away from those given by your ISP like all of the cool kids, here’s some quick instructions on where Frontier/Verizon has buried the settings in their FiOS router. In my example, I’ve changed mine to Cloudflare’s offering (1.1.1.1).

Log into Frontier Router

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

192.168.1.1 or myfiosgateway.com Enter your login credentials

Select My Network at the top

Choose Network Status

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

(in the left sidebar)

Find Your Broadband Connection

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Select the Pencil under Action

Choose Settings

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

You may need to scroll to the bottom to see Settings

Scroll Down to DNS

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Near the bottom you’ll see the options to add your own Primarey and Secondary DNS resolvers. I’ve entered those for Cloudflare.

This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Verizon MBR1515LVW router.

Other Verizon MBR1515LVW Guides

This is the dns guide for the Verizon MBR1515LVW.We also have the following guides for the same router:

What is the DNS setting on a Router

When you connect a router to the Internet it gets a few settings from your ISP automatically. One of the settings that the ISP sets in your router is the DNS setting. DNS stands for Domain Name System and it is used to convert Internet names into actual IP addresses. For instance, when you go to “google.com”, your are really connecting to an IP address that is mapped through DNS to a number such as:

This mapping happens automatically every time you visit any page on the Internet.

Why Change Your Router’s DNS Setting

Some ISPs choose to abuse the DNS system and map unknown names to servers that they control. This can be done in a way that you don’t know it is happening since your router is getting its DNS settings from your ISP. For instance, if you have one of these ISPs who is hijacking your DNS, and you try to surf the web to “some-random-site.com” and “some-random-site.com” does not exist, you might get a page back from your ISP with local advertisements on it.

By changing your DNS setting in your router you will effectively change the DNS setting for every computer on your network. This is because when a device is connected to your network your router automatically hands out its own DNS settings to that device. This way you can protect your entire network from ISP hijacking with just one setting.

What Should I Change My DNS To

There are 2 really great DNS servers on the Internet that you can choose from right now: Google Public DNS and OpenDNS. If you are not sure which one to pick then just use Google Public DNS.

When you change the DNS settings in your router, you usually have to enter a Primary and a Secondary setting. The secondary is only used if the primary can not be located. Here are common settings:

If you want to use Google Public DNS, use the following settings:

  • Primary: 8.8.8.8
  • Secondary: 8.8.4.4

If you want to use OpenDNS, use the following settings:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

Login To The Verizon MBR1515LVW

To get started configuring the Verizon MBR1515LVW DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Verizon MBR1515LVW, follow our Verizon MBR1515LVW Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Verizon MBR1515LVW

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

This is the status page from your Verizon router.

You begin on the Status page of the Verizon MBR1515LVW router. Click the link at the top of the page labeled Advanced, then under that, Broadband Settings.

Configure the DNS section of your Verizon MBR1515LVW

This is the general page from your Verizon router.

This is the page you are taken to.

  • Tick the radio button labeled Use These DNS Servers.
  • Enter the primary DNS Server address in the boxes labeled Primary DNS.
  • Type the secondary DNS Server address of your choice in the boxes labeled Secondary DNS.

That’s all there is to it, simply click the red Apply button.

Possible Problems when Changing your DNS settings

Most devices on your network will not begin using the new DNS settings until they have been rebooted. After rebooting a device you can go to it’s network settings and verify that it is using the DNS servers that you specified.

Other Verizon MBR1515LVW Info

Don’t forget about our other Verizon MBR1515LVW info that you might be interested in.

This is the dns guide for the Verizon MBR1515LVW.We also have the following guides for the same router:

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A couple days ago, Cloudflare launched its own DNS service at 1.1.1.1, promising that consumers would enjoy greater privacy and potentially faster internet if they switched over from their ISP’s default. Now, those speed differences might not be significant or noticeable enough to the point of making the switch full-time. (We’re talking milliseconds here.) But it doesn’t take many steps to test out a new DNS, so it’s probably worth a quick try if you’re curious or sold on Cloudflare’s privacy measures.

The Domain Name System (DNS) is what converts domain names into IP addresses. And the best way to change your DNS is by adjusting your router’s settings. This automatically makes any devices joining your Wi-Fi network use the new DNS without having to go in and configure each device individually. It’s just a much easier approach.

What are some popular DNS options besides my ISP’s default?

Google Public DNS:

Primary: 8.8.8.8
Secondary: 8.8.4.4

OpenDNS

Primary: 208.67.222.222
Secondary: 208.67.220.220

Cloudflare

Primary: 1.1.1.1
Secondary: 1.0.0.1

Change DNS for all devices that connect to your router (best option)

Linksys

Sign in to your Linksys router’s admin page, which is almost certainly 192.168.1.1. Click “Setup” from the top menu. From there, choose “Basic Setup,” and enter the new DNS info into the Status DNS 1 and 2 fields. Save settings, and you’re done. You shouldn’t need to reset your router for the change to take effect.

When connected to your Wi-Fi, visit http://www.routerlogin.com or http://www.routerlogin.net in a web browser. Log in with your administrator credentials. Click “Internet” and then select “Use these DNS Servers” and enter the primary and secondary addresses. Then click “Apply.” Done.

D-Link

Open your router administration page at wither 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. Log in with your password, and then choose “Manual Internet Connection Setup.” Fill in the DNS server fields with the primary and secondary DNS addresses.

Open the Google Wifi app, go to the settings tab, then pick “networking & general.” Tap on advanced network, and then DNS. Choose “custom,” and then enter your new primary and secondary DNS addresses.

From the Network Settings page, to go Advanced, then choose DNS. Tap “Custom DNS,” and enter your primary and secondary DNS.

Change DNS for individual devices

Windows

Open the Control Panel. Click on Network and Internet, and then Network and Sharing Center. Choose “Change Adapter Settings” from the list on the left.

Next, right click on whatever Wi-Fi network you’re currently on, and choose Properties. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

Click “Use The Following DNS Server Addresses,” and replace whatever’s there with your new DNS. In the case of Cloudflare, you’d enter 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. Click OK, followed by Close, and you’re done.

Android

Android requires a static IP address to use custom DNS addresses, which takes additional setup steps. The router approach is recommended here.

If you’ve already done that, go to settings, then Wi-Fi. Long-press on your current Wi-Fi network and choose “Modify Network.” You might need to go to an advanced section depending on your Android device’s software. Add your new primary and secondary DNS addresses to the DNS 1 and DNS 2 fields.

iOS

Go to settings. Pick Wi-Fi, then tap the blue “i” next to your preferred network. Tap “Configure DNS” and make sure it’s set to manual, not automatic. Then delete any entries under DNS services and choose “Add Server” to enter your new DNS resolver. Using Google Public DNS as an example, you would add two entries: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Save your changes, and you’re done.

macOS

Open System Preferences. Instead of clicking through numerous menus, the fastest way to get where you want to be is just by searching for “DNS servers” at the top right. That’ll take you to the right screen, where you can click the + symbol to add whichever DNS you want to try.

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How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

Verizon Fios is currently having a network-wide DNS outage that is causing users to not be able to connect to websites, retrieve email, or play online games.

BleepingComputer spoke to a Verizon Fios support rep and was told that this outage is network-wide and is being caused a problem with their DNS servers.

According to DownDetector, this outage is affecting almost all of the United State, especially on the east coast.

If you are experiencing issues with the Fios Internet, you can resolve the outage by changing your computer’s DNS settings temporarily to a non-Verizon DNS server.

We recommend either using Cloudflare’s DNS server with the IP address of 1.1.1.1 or use the Google DNS server with the IP address 8.8.8.8.

This is a developing story.

Change your DNS servers

If you are using Windows 10, you can change DNS servers by following these steps:

  1. Click the Start button and type Network Status. When the Network Status result appears, click on it to open the screen.
  2. At the Network Status screen, click on Change adapter options.
  3. Find your Ethernet or WiFi connection and right-click on it and select Properties.
  4. Under “This connection uses the following items:”, double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) item to open it.
  5. Select Use the following DNS server addresses and enter either 1.1.1.1 (Cloudflare) or 8.8.8.8 (Google) as your preferred DNS server.
  6. Press OK and then OK again and your Internet should work again.

Are you looking for the best and fastest DNS servers in the USA for 2021, or the best DNS servers for games consoles such as the PS4, PS5 or Xbox? First, we provide known DNS servers used by US ISPs, including Xfinity (Comcast), AT&T Internet, CenturyLink and Verizon. If your broadband performance is slow or sporadic, you could try an alternative DNS server from your provider. Alternatively, you may be best changing your DNS settings to use one of the best Public DNS servers, and we provide the best options below, including Google, Cloudflare and OpenDNS. Since the USA is such a large country, it is vital that you determine the best DNS settings for your particular state and location, and we provide a guide on how to do this.

Getting the right DNS service is critically important for your broadband performance

As described in our guide How to Speed Up DNS Look-ups for Faster Performance, DNS look-ups play a critical role in defining how fast your broadband connection is. Given the geographical size of the United States, a DNS server placed in a faraway state may add substantial delay. This can be made worse if the DNS server used by your broadband provider is unreliable or slow. Manually changing your DNS servers to one of the ones shown in the tables below could make a dramatic difference.

DNS server settings for popular ISPs in the USA

Below are details of DNS servers used by some of the most popular broadband providers in the USA. In general, broadband providers configure router modems to use their own DNS servers, but these may be a significant distance away or may not be the fastest or most reliable. You may find that you will get better performance by using alternative DNS settings from your broadband provider. The servers are ranked in performance (for our location) but you may get different results for your location. Some of the DNS servers work when you are not using that particular broadband provider (so essentially work like Public DNS servers).

I have a small home network that just got larger (new roommate, my existing roommate got a laptop (on top of her computer), my friends coming over with laptops, etc.).

I’d like to run a local DNS server for lookups of my local network stuff ( fileserver.local , windowsTV.local , machineA.local , machineB.local , appletv.local ). I used to have a business line with a static IP, and run bind/named internally. However, now I have a normal account.

My ISP’s DNS servers are constantly changing (for whatever reasons my ISP doesn’t like to keep the same IP range for long). I need my local DNS to be automatically updated to use my ISP’s DNS for external traffic, but be able to maintain an internal DNS server (getting to update the hosts file is being a hassle with every new machine on top of rebuilding existing machines with win7 or Ubuntu 9.04).

Additionally, My ISP’s DNS servers often crash or become unresponsive. Are there any open DNS servers that are reliable (I don’t want to reconfig every day) that I could use as my primary, then if those fail, then use my ISP’s?

UPDATE: Also looking for each workstation to be able to use dhcp to connect, but instead of getting ISP DNS servers, getting my internal one.

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If you want internal fake domains to work you can’t configure your workstations with any DNS servers except your own. Once you set up BIND it can work by itself and you don’t need your ISP’s or any other non-authoritative DNS servers at all.

Basically you need to run your own DHCP and DNS server. You’re already running your own DHCP server if you have a typical router that gives out private IP addresses.

Your DHCP server must be configured to hand out your router IP as the gateway address, and your DNS server IP as the DNS server address, obviously.

Your DNS server must be configured to resolve a non-official top-level domain locally, such as .local , and then forward any other requests to another DNS. In BIND you need to add a forwarders < >section to your `/etc/bind/named.conf.options’ which contains the public DNS servers you want to use to resolve non-local addresses. As other comments suggest, if you don’t want to forward to your ISP’s DNS servers, you can use OpenDNS, Google’s public DNS servers, or 4.2.2.1/4.2.2.2 (I forget who does those).

If you are running your own DNS server, you need a box that will be on all the time, as all DNS queries on your home network will go through it. This box needs a fixed IP on your home subnet. Make sure it can’t get bulldozed by DHCP, and the box itself should not be getting an IP via DHCP. If your DHCP is configured to hand out addresses from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.100 for example, then give your DNS server the IP 192.168.1.101. In the usual situation of home routers you just need to simply tell the router that the DNS server is 192.168.1.101 and reboot.

If you can get a local DNS running on your broadband router, great, but a DNS server might benefit from lots of RAM for caching queries, depending on which DNS software you use. On my network I just use straight BIND. Sounds like you might have a little experience with that and for me it works great.

How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Verizon Communications gave some of its customers in the Washington, D.C., area an unplanned tutorial in the virtues of shopping around for a domain name service, as it experienced a DNS server breakdown.

The Domain Name System is the essential Internet service we almost never need to think about. It automatically and near-instantly translates requests for sites from their domain names to the numerical Internet Protocol addresses of the actual computers hosting them, and DNS servers send the correct configuration details to our computers.

A server outage like Verizon’s might prompt you to drop your Internet service provider’s DNS service. But an outage isn’t the only reason to plug the IP addresses of a free third-party DNS service—the three best-known are Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1, Google Public DNS, and Cisco Systems’ OpenDNS—into your computer or router.

Privacy, then performance

“DNS is by far the leakiest of fundamental Internet technologies that we use,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist with the Center for Democracy & Technology, wrote in an email to The Parallax. Most of the time, no authentication (via the DNSSEC standard) or encryption (via DNS over TLS or DNS over HTTPS) protects these lookups, “allowing your DNS queries to be observed and spoofed.”

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First-party DNS services, especially from larger ISPs, also often treat mistyped domain names as an invitation to show ads on a redirect page. If nothing else, that holds you up from correcting that errant input.

But just as using a virtual private network service shifts your trust issues from an Internet provider that can see every site you visit to a VPN service that can see every site you visit, third-party DNS requires a similar level of faith in that service’s security and privacy measures.

“I’d look at their privacy policies,” Hall wrote. “I know that’s the last thing a consumer wants to hear, but with something like choosing a third-party DNS provider who will see every. single. DNS query you make, you want to be very careful.”

Although Hall and his colleagues at the CDT “don’t endorse products,” he says, he called Cloudflare’s privacy policy “very strong” (it says it doesn’t log client IP addresses at all), ranking Google Public DNS and Quad9 second, and OpenDNS behind those two.

Third-party DNS firms often tout their response times compared to that of Internet providers, but you may not notice any upgrade. Cloudflare, for example, touts the worldwide measurements of DNSPerf testing service to tout its DNS as the world’s fastest. But in North America, that benchmarking test only ranks it fifth.

Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, senior staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, noted that third-party DNS can also impede the load times of large sites that try to deliver their data from the closest possible server, because your DNS query won’t necessarily come from an IP address near your physical location.

“You may not receive the optimal IP address for the sites you’re trying to visit, which may, in turn, slow down page loads because your packets have to travel a greater distance,” he wrote.

Beware of side effects

You may need to wait for a prolonged DNS outage at your ISP for a third-party DNS service to save time overall compared to the time spent setting up that alternative service—especially if you use a router or an operating system with an especially baroque DNS-settings interface.

You usually have a primary and an alternate DNS server numerical IP address, plus a corresponding pair of Internet Protocol version 6 addresses, if your ISP supports “IPv6” (which is not a given). Those sets of digits are:

Cloudflare: 1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1, 2606:4700:4700::1111, 2606:4700:4700::1001

Google Public DNS: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4, 2001:4860:4860::8888, 2001:4860:4860::8844

OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220, 2620:119:35::35, 2620:119:53::53

Changing these settings is relatively straightforward on a Mac, but in Windows, you’ll have to click through a series of fossilized dialog boxes little changed since Windows 95. In iOS, you can adjust them only for Wi-Fi connections, while Android locks them out completely.

Cloudflare provides Android and iOS apps that work around those restrictions by running a local resolver service, at the cost of such complications as having a notification lodged in the Android status bar, unless you hide all notifications from its app. Google also offers a free Android app called Intra that enables third-party DNS use.

It is easiest, in most cases, to change DNS settings at your home router, which will cover not just your own devices but also those of any visitors. But the ease of changing this configuration will very widely with the make and model of your router.

Away from home, the “captive portal” Web log-ins of many public Wi-Fi networks can fail, if you use third-party DNS, as CDT’s Hall reminded me (and as I’ve seen myself). He also advised that on some office networks, local-only domains can become unreachable.

All of these issues led the EFF’s Hoffman-Andrews to advise against third-party DNS in general, unless your ISP is slow at resolving DNS queries, hijacks typos, or blocks some sites.

Fortunately, thanks to Cloudflare and Google using some of the simplest IP addresses possible for their DNS options, your work-around for those problems isn’t much farther than a few repeated keystrokes away, if your provider does become part of the problem.

Disclosure: I also write for Yahoo Finance, one of Verizon’s media properties.

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How do I change my DNS server to a new server?

To change your DNS server, head to Settings > Wi-Fi, long-press the network you’re connected to, and tap “Modify Network”. To change DNS settings, tap the “IP settings” box and change it to “Static” instead of the default DHCP. Depending on your device, you may need to check an “Advanced” box to see this setting.

How do I change the DNS on my Netgear router?

To set up a NETGEAR Dynamic DNS account on your NETGEAR Nighthawk router:

  1. Launch an Internet browser from a computer that is connected to your router’s network.
  2. Enter your router’s user name and password.
  3. Select the ADVANCED tab.
  4. Select Advanced Setup > Dynamic DNS.

How do I change my DNS to 8.8 8.8 on my router?

  1. Log into your network router as the Admin user.
  2. Locate the IP Address, Networking or DNS Server settings of the router.
  3. Add one or both of Google public DNS Servers to the routers configuration. Google Primary DNS server: 8.8.8.8.
  4. Save the Changes on the router.
  5. Reboot your ibi.
  6. Reboot your computer.

How do I change DNS on Nighthawk?

Configure the DNS section of your Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Scroll down the page until you find the Domain Name Server (DNS) Address. Tick the radio button labeled Use These DNS Servers. Then below that in the box labeled Primary DNS enter the main DNS server you want to use. Next is the Secondary DNS.

How do I fix the DNS on my router?

Here are tips for troubleshooting routers.

  1. Connect to the Ethernet. To determine if a router is the problem, switch to a cabled connection. Connect a computer to the router using an ethernet cable.
  2. Restart the Router. Resetting a router may help resolve a DNS issue.
  3. Update Router. Check for router updates.

Can a router be a DNS server?

The router does not act as a DNS server, it acts as a DNS forwarder or proxy – it will forward the DNS requests to the DNS server of your choice.

What is the best DNS server?

Our list contains 10 of the best DNS servers to use this year:

  • Google’s Public DNS Server. Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8.
  • OpenDNS. Primary: 208.67.222.222.
  • DNS Watch. Primary: 84

How to set DNS server on my Netgear router?

NETGEAR Router Set DNS 1 Launch a web browser from a computer or WiFi device that is connected to your NETGEAR router. 2 Visit www.routerlogin.net. 3 Enter the username and password. The default username is admin. The default password is password. 4 Select Internet. The Internet Setup page displays. See More….

How to assign a DNS address to a router?

However, if your device needs specific DNS server addresses, you must assign them to your router manually. Launch a web browser from a computer or WiFi device that is connected to your NETGEAR router. Visit www.routerlogin.net.

How to change DNS nameserver on Ubuntu 20.04?

Change DNS Nameserver via GUI Use Ubuntu Settings to complete all the steps to change DNS addresses via the graphical user interface. 1. Launch Settingsand click the Networktab in the menu on the left.

How to set up open DNS on Verizon FiOS g1100?

Here are the steps to set up OpenDNS on the Verizon FIOS-G1100: In a web browser, go to http://myfiosgateway.com. The “Main” admin page is displayed. On the top menu, click on the “My Network” icon. On the left menu, click on the “Network Connections” link.

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Oct 1, 2010 3:58 AM

My FiOS approach was to turn “Off” the WiFi transmitter in the Actiontec, and configure my Airport Extreme for “Bridge” mode (actually I have 2 Airport Extremes in “Bridge” mode so that I have a “Roaming” WiFi network giving me full coverage over my entire house).

The Actiontec is the router, but it has nothing to do with my home WiFi, which is all handled by my Airport Extremes.

Oct 1, 2010 6:24 AM

Sorry, maybe I should have been more specific. I actually only have internet service so I don’t need the verizon router for tv service and I had the verizon tech run an ethernet cable from the ONT to my verizon router. Since it’s an ethernet run as opposed to coaxial I figured I could just swap out the verizon for the apple extreme. After searching the forums the only thing I could find was that people who had done this successfully had gone into the settings on the verizon router and released the dhcp address:

I did that, shut off the verizon router immediately, swapped the ethernet cables and plugged in the apple exteme but no dice. It is recognized, says it’s okay, has a green light but I can’t access the internet.

Oct 1, 2010 7:47 AM

tallappleguy wrote:
Sorry, maybe I should have been more specific. I actually only have internet service so I don’t need the verizon router for tv service and I had the verizon tech run an ethernet cable from the ONT to my verizon router. Since it’s an ethernet run as opposed to coaxial I figured I could just swap out the verizon for the apple extreme. After searching the forums the only thing I could find was that people who had done this successfully had gone into the settings on the verizon router and released the dhcp address:

I did that, shut off the verizon router immediately, swapped the ethernet cables and plugged in the apple exteme but no dice. It is recognized, says it’s okay, has a green light but I can’t access the internet.

So did you reboot the ONT or call the FSC as stated in your link? It says that if you can’t get it to work by releasing the lease then reboot the ONT or call the FSC.

Oct 1, 2010 8:07 AM

What are the DNS servers being used?

Have you tried configuring your Airport Extreme to use something like the OpenDNS.org (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220) DNS servers, or the Google DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4)

You could also use these DNS servers directly on your Mac(s) via System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced -> DNS

Frequently, when someone says they are connected to the internet, but can not access the internet, it turns out to be a DNS server issue.

If it is not a DNS issue, have you checked to see if your Airport Extreme has received a valid IP address and Router.

Oct 1, 2010 8:20 AM

I didn’t reboot the ONT or call the FSC because other people had success just releasing the dhcp address so I figured it must be something with my settings.

I did try putting in the open dns info but that didn’t work. How do I know if the Airport Extreme has received a valid IP address and Router? There seem to be a lot of other settings that can be changed/filled in on the apple extreme. Could anything else be tripping me up?

Oct 1, 2010 4:57 PM

You certainly can swap out your Actiontec router for an Airport Extreme! Even an Airport Express. But if you just swap them out, you will not immediately get internet access because FIOS maintains its connection to the specific router for 24 hours unless released. Verizon has to do the releasing; you can’t do it from your own home/computer.

After replacing the Actiontec router with your Airport, you can either wait for FIOS to refresh (up to 24 hours) or you can call FIOS Support and ask them to re-initialize your connection immediately.

I have done this, it works perfectly well with an Airport, but it takes a reinitialization by Verizon.

Oct 1, 2010 7:04 PM

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DNS propagation is the time DNS changes take to be updated across the internet on the globe. It can take up to 72 hours to propagate worldwide. You can check your DNS propagation results from here.

How do DNS records propagate?

When you update your DNS records, it may take up to 72 hours for the changes to take effect. During this period, the ISPs worldwide update their DNS cache with new DNS information for your domain.

However, due to different DNS cache level, after DNS records changes, some of the visitors might be redirected to the old DNS server, for some time, and other can see the website from new DNS server, shortly after the changes. You can perform the A, AAAA, CNAME, and additional DNS records lookup.

Why DNS propagation takes time?

Suppose you changed your domain’s nameservers, and you requested to open your domain on the web browser. Your request will not go to the hosting directly.

Each of the ISP nodes first checks its DNS cache, whether it has the DNS information for that domain. If it is not there, it will look it up to save it for future use to speed up the DNA lookup process.

Thus, the new nameservers will not propagate instantly – ISPs have different cache refreshing levels, so some will still have the old DNS information in their cache.

But if after that time interval, still, your new DNS changes are not reflecting, then you go for a DNS health check to ensure that your DNS changes are up to the mark and are following the standards.

How does the DNS process work?

Suppose you request to open the URL https://abc.com in your web browser’s bar.

  1. The web browser first checks in its local cache whether it has the requested domain’s IP address. If it’s not present, then it will send the request to the Name Resolving Server.
  2. The Name Resolving Server checks its cache against that request. If it fails to find the requested domain’s IP address, it will send that request to the Root Server.
  3. The Root Server only contains the server’s IP address with TLD (Top Level Domain) related information. It will redirect the Name Resolving Server to the TLD server containing .com information.
  4. The TLD server provides the server’s IP address (authoritative servers for requested URL https://abc.com) to the Name Resolving Server.
  5. The Name Resolving Server caches that information for a specific period (TTL) and passes that information to the requested’s computer.
  6. The client’s computer builds the connection with the authoritative server (containing the requested URL https://abc.com) for the requested content and caches the IP address’s information in its browser for further use.

Why is DNS not propagating?

The ISPs across the world have a different caching level. The DNS client or the server may cache the information the DNS records in its DNS cache. That information is temporarily cached, and DNS servers will go for the updated DNS information when TTL (Time to Live) expires.

What will happen if the domain name does not exist?

The DNS server will return a name error, also known as an NXDomain response (for non-existent domain), to symbolize that the query’s domain name does not exist.

What is the port used by DNS?

DNS uses both TCP and UDP port 53. However, the most frequently used port for DNS is UDP 53. That is used when the client’s computer communicates with the DNS server for resolving the specific domain name. Be sure, when using the UDP 53 for DNS, the maximum size of the query packet is 512 bytes.

TCP 53 is used primarily for Zone Transfers and when the query packet exceeds 512 bytes. That is true when DNSSEC is used, which adds extra overhead to the DNS query packet.

What is DNS failure?

DNS failure means that the DNS server cannot convert the domain name into an IP address in a TCP/IP network. That failure may occur within the company’s private network or the internet.

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    The way my about:config is set up, all URL-bar entries that aren’t formatted like a URL are instead sent to “http://queri.ac/lenoxus/X”, where X is the entry. The result is that I can treat the awesomebar as a command line of sorts; for example, if I enter “fb”, it redirects me to Facebook, and if I type “w chocolate”, it searches Wikipedia for “chocolate”. (Yes, I know Firefox has keyworded bookmarks, but Queriac allows me to easily synchronize those with other computers.)

    I recently set up a wireless system for my house. The router gets input from a DSL modem which gets input from a Verizon phone line. There’s a sudden new behavior going on: if the entry is not a URL and doesn’t contain a space, the query is instead sent to a Verizon search engine thing called “Search Assist”. I tried following Verizon’s directions for turning this off (re-interpreting them for Mac 10.5), but the only result was to prevent all Web pages from loading.

    In any case, it seems to me that there should be a way for the pattern to go Firefox -> Queriac-based-URL -> okay Verizon, please go to that Queriac page. How do I prevent Verizon from butting in and “trying to help” before Queriac gets a chance to receive the two- or three-letter data? Is there an about:config that could work?

    For what it’s worth, everything does still work fine if there’s a space in the entry. If I type “w dragonfly”, it will load this page, but if I only enter “w”, it loads this one. So a current workaround is to type things like “fb x”. I want the workaround-workaround.

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    I had a similar problem with Verizon’s page coming up instead of a Google search from the address bar. My solution was to edit the DNS server on the router to prevent their DNS Assist.

    I believe that if you search your ISP’s page for “DNS assist” and maybe the words “opt out” you can find specific directions there. If their page doesn’t help, Google for the ISP name and those terms.

    Alternately, you can also use Google’s Public DNS service or the Open DNS service – both provide alternate DNS servers you can input into your router.

    For the record, I had tried changing my PC’s DNS settings, but the router was over-riding my searches, so I had to change them there. It was very easy.

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    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    Ads can be a pain, especially on mobile devices (who can tolerate these 30-second videos on free apps!?). There is a way: You can block most ads at the router level by preventing all content from ad domains. This is fairly easy to do and will apply to all devices on your network.

    Advantages: block ads and malware, get some stats at network level, no need for extra hardware or complex software

    Cons: no detailed stats (e.g. per device) or log, can break some apps or websites if you’re unlucky or not careful (but can be fixed easily).

    Mu l tiple layers are possible/needed:

    1. Create a free account with Cisco’s OpenDNS (or any alternative which offers custom filtering), which can block malware automatically, and you can add easily up to 25 domains to blacklist or whitelist: https://dashboard.opendns.com/
      What’s great is that it acts as wildcards, so blocking taboola.com will block *.taboola.com.
      It will also give you good stats as to which domains are requested, so you can add or remove some later. You can also block entire categories, and it also features a malware/botnet/phishing protection, meaning that it should block dangerous domains. You could also blocklist e.g. facebook.com if you are on a digital detox period :). Note that changes might take some time (several hours), as apps/devices might have a DNS cache.
    2. Then, you need to change the DNS in your Wifi router to OpenDNS. On my Verizon router, I go to
      My Network > Network Connections > Broadband Connection (Ethernet/Coax) Properties > Settings
      and set the DNS to OpenDNS nameservers (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220)

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    3. Also, (or alternatively), you may be able to block domains at the router level (in mine it’s in Advanced > DNS Server). Here, you need to specify all domains and subdomains, as it’s not a wildcard like OpenDNS. Therefore, it’s better to block domains with lots of subdomains at OpenDNS level rather than here. Simply make them point to 1.0.0.0 or any other IP address:

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    4. You could also do this in your “hosts” file, but then it’s for one computer only. It would allow you to temporarily (or not) allow or block a domain for this computer only.

    5. The last level would be the Parental Controls on the router, which allows to block some domains for specific network devices only, and/or block internet altogether at specific times. Note that it has caused some issues on our network in the past (some sites such as google.com couldn’t be accessed anymore…).

    To temporarily go around it, set another DNS server on a specific device, e.g. google’s DNS, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. There are some unintended consequences… for example, I realized that my Android amazon app didn’t work anymore because I had blocked amazon-adsystem.com.

    Here are the domains I block on OpenDNS, along with a few categories, such as Adware, Drugs and Web Spam:

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    adnxs.com
    adsrvr.org
    adsymptotic.com
    advertising.com
    bounceexchange.com
    criteo.com
    criteo.net
    deployads.com
    doubleclick.net
    googlesyndication.com
    iasds01.com
    innovid.com
    liadm.com
    mfadsrvr.com
    moatads.com
    mopub.com
    outbrain.com
    outbrain.org
    pubmatic.com
    servebom.com
    taboola.com
    tapad.com

    Troubleshooting: some apps may crash or malfunction because they can’t load the ads, or website think you have an ad blocker since ads don’t load. For that, you’ll need to either find out which ad domain they want and allow them, or simply use another DNS on that device while using that app.

    • An easier one is to use AlternateDNS, as explained on instructables. You won’t be able to block or whitelist custom domains though.
    • A much more difficult one: if you have always-on devices such as a Raspberry Pi, you can install pi-hole, which would give you much more control. It also works on a Mac with Docker by following these instructions, but it’s much more involved than the method described above, for only marginal benefits. It would also require your Mac to run 24/7.

    What are your ad-fighting strategies, and what do you think of this one? Please use the comments below to let me know!

    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 192.168.1.1 and press the return/enter key on your keyboard.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    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.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    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.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    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.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    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.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    8) Choose a DNS server you wish to use, such as Google’s Public DNS server (8.8.8.8, or 8.8.4.4), and plug it into the primary and secondary DNS settings. Afterwards, click on the apply or save button at the bottom of the page.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google 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.

    How to setup your verizon fios router with opendns or google dns

    10) Your router may show an IP address of 0.0.0.0 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.

    Your superfancy FiOS internet link is getting flaky for no reason every now and then? The reason could be not the fiber-optic cable (which is awesome), but a problem with part of infrastructure called DNS servers. The DNS (Domain Name Resolution) servers are responsible for translating domain names such as google.com or yahoo.com into internet addresses computers use for sending traffic across the internet. When DNS is not working properly your web surfing becomes either slow or impossible.

    I was debugging corporate email problems recently and besides many other interesting things was fixing the CEO’s complain about email not working from his home most of the time. Surprisingly the root cause of the problem was absolutely horrible reliability of FiOS DNS servers. For some reasons every other DNS lookup was ending up not knowing anything at all about our company’s domain. The solution to the problem is getting rid of FiOS DNS servers in you router configuration and replacing them with OpenDNS servers. That’s much easier to do than it sounds, I recommend doing that even if you don’t have DNS troubles in your home network yet. Some Internet research shown that many people are having sporadic problems with DNS while using FiOS and this recipe will solve some of them.

    • In a web browser go to http://192.168.1.1/
    • Log in on this page. Unless you changed the password use Login name “admin” and the password written on you router. Typically there is red of white sticker with the password on it. BTW, if you didn’t change it I suggest changing the password and the SSID of your network asap for security reasons, but that’s another story. Also please note that Verizon implemented this very confusing interface for entering the password when you press one button two character appear in the input field. Just ignore it and do not look at this horrible usability while entering the password.
    • In the top/main menu click on “My Network”
    • In the left menu click on “Network Connections”
    • In the network connections list click on “Network (Home/Office)”
    • Click “Settings” button
    • In the long and confusing list of properties find “DNS Server”, change it to “No DNS Server”
    • Click “Apply”
    • In the top/main menu click on “My Network” (again, navigation and other UX on Verizon routers is plain horrible)
    • In the left menu click on “Network Connections”
    • Besides “Network (Home/Office)” in the list of connections there are two more entries and only one of them has status “Connected” (depends of how your router hooked up to the Internet). Click on that connection.
    • Click “Settings” button
    • Find “DNS Server”, change it to “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses”. Two new lines will appear below this select
    • Enter “8.8.8.8” for “Primary DNS Server:”. That’s Google’s DNS server, reasonably quick and reliable
    • Enter “208.67.222.222” for “Secondary DNS Server”. That’s OpenDNS DNS server. If you check their website opendns.com you can find more about other cool things they do with DNS
    • Click “Apply”
    • Click “Apply” (again)

    Done! In just one million simple steps you changed DNS server on your router (something to be proud of) and now your Internet should become more reliable than before.

    Cloudflare is only the latest company to provide free, fast, and secure Domain Name System services. Here’s how the major DNS resolvers perform on the internet race track.

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is a freelance writer.

    Suffering from a slow or sluggish home internet connection? Here are eight ways to help improve your network speeds.

    Cloudflare made headlines by introducing its new, fast Domain Name System (DNS) resolver, which boasted improved security and faster reaction times. But, is Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 really faster than OpenDNS, Quad9, Google Public DNS, and the other public DNS services? Let’s look.

    When it comes to speed, a lot depends on how close you are to a given DNS resolver. If you’re just down the road from a datacenter hosting Norton DNS, it will be the fastest DNS resolver. Your brother, who lives in Australia will have entirely different results.

    To find out which one is really the fastest for you, you must check them yourself. To test DNS resolvers, you need the Unix-based BIND dig command. If you can’t run dig, you can use the Geektools Dig webpage.

    From a Unix/Linux shell, you’ll want to run dig with the following syntax: dig @IP address of DNS router test.site.com. So, to see how fast Google Public DNS responds to a DNS request for zdnet.com’s IP address, you’d run:

    dig @8.8.8.8 zdnet.com

    That’s it. What you care about in the results is the line giving you the “Query time”. This measures, in milliseconds, how long it takes for the DNS resolver to give you the answer. The lower this number, the better.

    If you’re running Linux, there’s a new shell program, dnsperftest, which can quickly give you results for a dozen of the most popular DNS resolvers.

    In my case, from Asheville, NC, the fastest DNS server was Cloudflare, with an average time of 18.9 milliseconds (ms) over my 100Mbps cable internet connection. Cloudflare was followed by Level3, a corporate DNS provider, which supports Verizon’s DNS services, at 20.5ms; and Google Public DNS, 23.1ms. At the bottom, I found AdGuard, 110.8ms; UltraDNS, 154.4ms; and Yandex, 164ms. As you can see, while you may not be able to tell the difference between the best, you can certainly tell the difference between the top and bottom DNS providers.

    Nykolas Z, who frequently writes about DNS, recently benchmarked some of the most popular DNS resolvers from sites around the world. He found “Cloudflare was the fastest DNS for 72 percent of all the locations. It had an amazing low average of 4.98ms across the globe.”

    Google Public DNS and Quad9 took second and third place. However, “Quad9 was faster than Google in North America and Europe, but underperformed in Asia/South America.” The Russian-based Yandex consistently performed the poorest.

    So, which is the best for you? Well, clearly you should check out Cloudflare, but to really know what’s what for your home or company, you must do your own testing.

    Me? After years of using should OpenDNS and Google Cloud DNS, I’m using Cloudflare now.