How to change the DNS settings on a Dlink DWR-720 router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Dlink DWR-720 router.

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This is the dns guide for the Dlink DWR-720. 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 "", 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 "" and "" 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:
  • Secondary:

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


Login To The Dlink DWR-720

To get started configuring the Dlink DWR-720 DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Dlink DWR-720, follow our Dlink DWR-720 Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Dlink DWR-720

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 Dlink DWR-720 router.

Once you have finished logging into the Dlink DWR-720 router you should see a page like the one you see above. To change the DNS settings click the option of Network at the top of the page.

Then select the link labeled DHCP in the left sidebar.

Finally in the center section of the page select the tab titled DNS Server.

Configure the DNS section of your Dlink DWR-720

router dns setting
This is the dns page from your Dlink DWR-720 router.

You should now see a page like the one seen above.

Next to the First DNS Server drop down box choose the option that allows you to write in the box to the right. Most likely this choice will read Manual. Then in the box enter in the DNS address you want to use as your primary DNS address.

Enter the secondary DNS address in the box to the right of Second DNS Server. Again you will have to choose the option of Manual in the drop down list first.

There is no reason to have a third DNS address but if you don't want to leave it empty go ahead and enter in a third DNS address in the given box.

That's it, go ahead and click the blue Apply button in the lower right corner of the page.

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 Dlink DWR-720 Info

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This is the dns guide for the Dlink DWR-720. We also have the following guides for the same router: