This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Edimax BR-6208AC 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.
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.
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:
To get started configuring the Edimax BR-6208AC DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Edimax BR-6208AC, follow our Edimax BR-6208AC Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
Once you have logged into the Edimax BR-6208AC router you should see the page displayed above.
To change the DNS settings click the option in the left sidebar labeled Internet.
Then under that pick the WAN Setup page.
This is the page you end up on. Scroll down until you see DNS Address. Then click the radio dot labeled Use the following IP address.
In the first box labeled DNS1 Address enter the main DNS address you want to use. This address is used all the time unless it happens to be busy.
In the DNS2 Address box you should enter in the address you want to use when the first DNS is busy. This address is only used when the first is busy.
If you want to enter a third DNS address do so now in the DNS3 Address box. This address would be used only if both the first and second DNS addresses are busy.
When you are finished click the orange Save Settings button.
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.
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