How to change the DNS settings on a Asus WL520GU router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Asus WL520GU router.

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This is the dns guide for the Asus WL520GU.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:

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

Login To The Asus WL520GU

To get started configuring the Asus WL520GU DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Asus WL520GU, follow our Asus WL520GU Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Asus WL520GU

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

router status mac address internet IP
This is the status page from your Asus router.

You should begin on the Home page of the Asus WL520GU. Click the choice in purple labeled IP Config, then DHCP Server.

Configure the DNS section of your Asus WL520GU

router DHCP lan mac address binding internet settings
This is the dhcp page from your Asus router.

The Asus routers have two different pages to enter the DNS server addresses, most routers do not have this redundancy. The most important of the two is on the page you see above.

Under the heading of DNS and WINS Server Setting enter the primary IP address of the DNS server you chose in the box marked DNS Server 1. Enter the secondary IP address of the DNS server you picked in the box titled DNS Server 2.

To get to the other page, simply click the choice in purple labeled WAN & LAN.

router setup
This is the setup page from your Asus router.

On this new page find the heading of WAN DNS Setting and choose No for the question of Get DNS Server automatically.

In the box labeled DNS Server1 type in that same primary address for the DNS Server you chose earlier. Enter the secondary address of the DNS server in the box titled DNS Server2.

Save your changes on this page also, and you are finished!

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 Asus WL520GU Info

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This is the dns guide for the Asus WL520GU.We also have the following guides for the same router: