How to Change DNS Servers on Most Popular Routers

Every manufacturer's routers are different

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Changing the DNS server settings on a router isn't tricky, but every manufacturer uses a custom interface, meaning the process can differ widely depending on the router you own.

Here are the steps needed to change the DNS servers on the most popular router brands.

See this public DNS servers list if you haven't already settled on an independent DNS server provider, any of which could perform better than the one assigned by your ISP.

Changing the DNS servers on your router instead of on your devices is almost always a better idea, but you might want to see the advice on how to change DNS server setting on a router versus a PC for a better understanding of why that is.

Linksys

Photo of a Linksys EA8500 Router
Belkin International, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Linksys router from the Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your Linksys router's web-based administration, usually at http://192.168.1.1.

  2. Tap or click Setup in the top menu.

  3. Tap or click Basic Setup in the Setup submenu.

  4. In the Static DNS 1 field, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  5. In the Static DNS 2 field, enter the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  6. Leave the Static DNS 3 field blank or add a primary DNS server from another provider.

  7. Tap or click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Tap or click the Continue button on the next screen.

Most Linksys routers don't require a restart for these DNS server changes to take effect, but if the router admin page asks you to, do it.

See this Linksys default password list if 192.168.1.1 doesn't work for you. Not all Linksys routers use this address.

Linksys makes small changes to its administration page every time the company releases a new series of routers, so if the procedure above doesn't work for you, the instructions you need are in your manual. See this Linksys support profile for links to downloadable manuals for your specific router.

NETGEAR

Photo of a NETGEAR R8000 Router
NETGEAR

Change the DNS servers on your NETGEAR router from the Basic Settings or Internet menu, depending on your model:

  1. Sign in to your NETGEAR router manager page, most often by entering http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 in your web browser.

  2. NETGEAR has two primary interfaces with different ways of performing the next step: If you see a BASIC and ADVANCED tab along the top, choose Basic followed by the Internet option on the left. If you don't have those two tabs along the top, choose Basic Settings.

  3. Choose the Use These DNS Servers option in the Domain Name Server (DNS) Address section.

  4. In the Primary DNS field, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  5. In the Secondary DNS field, use the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  6. If your NETGEAR router has a Third DNS field, leave it blank or choose a primary DNS server from another provider.

  7. Tap or click Apply to save the DNS server changes you just entered.

  8. Follow any additional prompts about restarting your router. If you don't get any, your changes should now be live.

NETGEAR routers have used several different default gateway addresses over the years, so if 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 doesn't work for you, find your model in this NETGEAR default password list.

While this process works with most NETGEAR routers, there may be a model or two that use a different method. See this NETGEAR support page for help digging up the PDF manual for your specific model, which contains the exact instructions you need.

D-Link

Photo of a D-Link DIR-890L/R Router
D-Link

Change the DNS servers on your D-Link router in the Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your D-Link router with a web browser using http://192.168.0.1.

  2. Choose the Internet option on the left side of the page.

  3. Select the Setup menu at the top of the page.

  4. Find the Dynamic IP (DHCP) Internet Connection Type section and enter the primary DNS server you want to use into the Primary DNS Address field.

  5. In the Secondary DNS Address field, type the secondary DNS server you want to use.

  6. Choose the Save Settings button at the top of the page.

  7. The DNS server settings should have changed instantly, but you might be told to reboot the router to complete the changes.

While most D-Link routers can be accessed via 192.168.0.1, a few of their models use a different default. If that address doesn't work for you, see the D-Link default password list to find your specific model's default IP address and the default password for logging on.

If the process above doesn't seem to apply for you, see the D-Link support page for information on finding the product manual for your specific D-Link router.

ASUS

Photo of an ASUS RT-AC3200 Router
ASUS

Change the DNS servers on your ASUS router through the LAN menu:

  1. Sign in to your ASUS router's admin page with this address: http://192.168.1.1.

  2. From the menu on the left, click or tap WAN.

  3. Choose the Internet Connection tab at the top of the page.

  4. In the WAN DNS Setting section, enter the primary DNS server you want to use in the DNS Server1 text box.

  5. Enter the secondary DNS server you want to use in the DNS Server2 text box.

  6. Save the changes with the Apply button at the bottom of the page.

You may need to restart the router after applying the changes.

You should be able to access the configuration page for most ASUS routers with the 192.168.1.1 address. If you've never changed your sign-on information, try using admin for both the username and the password.

Unfortunately, the software on every ASUS router isn't the same. If you can't get into your router's configuration page using the steps described here, dig up your router's manual with specific instructions on the ASUS support website.

TP-LINK

Photo of a TP-LINK AC1200 Archer C5 Router
TP-LINK Technologies

Change the DNS servers on your TP-LINK router via the DHCP menu:

  1. Sign in to your TP-LINK router's configuration page, usually via the http://192.168.1.1 address but sometimes via http://192.168.0.1.

  2. Choose the DHCP option from the menu on the left.

  3. Tap or click the DHCP submenu option called DHCP Settings.

  4. In the Primary DNS field, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  5. In the Secondary DNS field, enter the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  6. Choose the Save button at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

You probably don't have to restart your router to apply these DNS settings, but some TP-LINK routers may require it.

One of the two IP addresses used in the tutorial should work for most TP-LINK routers. If not, search for your TP-LINK model at TP-LINK's support page. Your router's manual contains the default IP you should use to connect, as well as details on the DNS-change procedure.

Cisco

Picture of a black Cisco RV110W router
Cisco

Change the DNS servers on your Cisco router from the LAN Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your Cisco router using either http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.1.254, depending on your router model.

  2. Click or tap the Setup option on the menu at the top of the page.

  3. Choose the Lan Setup tab from the menu that's just below the Setup option.

  4. In the LAN 1 Static DNS 1 field, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  5. In the LAN 1 Static DNS 2 field, use the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  6. Some Cisco routers may have a LAN 1 Static DNS 3 field. You can leave it blank or enter yet another DNS server.

  7. Save the changes using the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.

Some Cisco routers have you restart the router to apply the changes. If not, all the changes are applied right after you choose Save Settings.

Having trouble with the directions? See this Cisco Support page for help finding the manual that belongs with your exact Cisco router model. Some models require slightly different steps to reach the DNS server settings, but the manual for your specific router is 100 percent correct for your model.

If you can't open your Cisco router's configuration page using one of the default addresses, look through this Cisco default password list for the default IP address, along with other default login data for your specific Cisco router.

These steps are different for your router if you have a co-branded Cisco-Linksys router. If your router has the word Linksys on it anywhere, follow the steps at the top of this article for changing the DNS servers on a Linksys router.

TRENDnet

Picture of a TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Router
TRENDnet

Change the DNS servers on your TRENDnet router via the Advanced menu:

  1. Sign in to your TRENDnet router at http://192.168.10.1.

  2. Choose Advanced at the top of the page.

  3. Select the Setup menu to the left.

  4. Click or tap the Internet settings submenu under the Setup menu.

  5. Choose the Enable option next to Manually configure DNS.

  6. Next to the Primary DNS box, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  7. Use the Secondary DNS field for the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  8. Save the settings with the Apply button.

  9. If you're told to reboot the router, follow the instructions on the screen. Not all TRENDnet models require this.

These instructions should work for most TRENDnet routers but if you find that they don't, head to TRENDnet's support page and look for the PDF user guide for your model.

Belkin

Picture of a Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Router
Belkin International, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Belkin router by opening the DNS menu:

  1. Sign in to your Belkin router through the address http://192.168.2.1.

  2. Select DNS under the Internet WAN section from the menu on the left.

  3. In the DNS Address field, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  4. In the Secondary DNS Address field, enter the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  5. Click or tap the Apply Changes button to save the changes.

  6. You may be told to restart your router for the changes to take effect. If so, follow the on-screen prompts.

You can reach nearly all Belkin routers with 192.168.2.1, but there are probably some exceptions where a different address is used by default. If this IP address doesn't work for you, the specific one you should use with your model can be found on Belkin's support page.

Buffalo

Picture of a black Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1750 router
Buffalo Americas, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Buffalo router from the Advanced menu:

  1. Sign in to your Buffalo router at http://192.168.11.1.

  2. Click or tap the Advanced tab at the top of the page.

  3. Choose WAN Config on the left side of the page.

  4. Next to the Primary field in the Advanced Settings section, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.

  5. Next to the Secondary field, type the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.

  6. Near the bottom of the page, choose Apply to save the changes.

If the administration IP address isn't working, or the other steps don't seem to be right for your particular Buffalo router model, you can find specific instructions in your router's user manual, available from the Buffalo support page.

Google Wifi

Picture of three Google Wifi mesh points
Google

Change the DNS servers on your Google Wifi router from the Advanced networking menu:

  1. Open the Google Wifi app on your mobile device. You can download the Google Wifi app from the Google Play Store for Android or the Apple App Store for iOS devices.

  2. Tap the upper-right menu item to enter the settings.

  3. Scroll down to the Settings section and choose Network & General.

  4. Tap Advanced networking in the Network section.

  5. Choose the DNS item.

    Google Wifi uses Google's DNS servers by default, but you have the option to change the servers to your ISP's or a custom set.

  6. Tap Custom to find two new text boxes.

  7. Next to the Primary server text field, enter the DNS server you want to use with Google Wifi.

  8. Next to Secondary server, enter an optional secondary DNS server.

  9. Tap the SAVE button at the top right side of the Google Wifi app.

Unlike routers from most other manufacturers, you cannot access Google Wifi settings from your computer using its IP address. You must use the accompanying mobile app.

All the Google Wifi mesh points connected to one network use the same DNS servers that you choose following the steps above. You can't pick different DNS servers for each Wifi point.

If you need additional help, consult the Google Wifi help center for more information.

Didn't See Your Router Maker?

Although the most popular router makers are on this list, it won't be long before the list includes DNS change instructions for Amped Wireless, Apple, CradlePoint, Edimax, EnGenius, Foscam, Gl.iNet, HooToo, JCG, Medialink, Peplink, RAVPower, Securifi, and Western Digital routers.