How to change the DNS settings on a Edimax BR-6478AC router

This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Edimax BR-6478AC router.

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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 Edimax BR-6478AC

To get started configuring the Edimax BR-6478AC 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-6478AC, follow our Edimax BR-6478AC Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Edimax BR-6478AC

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

For the Edimax BR-6478AC router, the page you begin on is the System Status.

When you want to change the DNS Server settings, click the Internet link on the left side of the page, then WAN Setup.

Configure the DNS section of your Edimax BR-6478AC

On this page, scroll down the page until you come to the DNS Address. Mark the radio button labeled Use the following IP address.

Then in the DNS1 Address enter the primary address of the DNS Server you want to use. This is the address that is accessed first.

Below that is the DNS2 Address, type in the secondary address here. This address will only be used when the access to the first has failed.

There is really no reason for a third address, you can leave the DNS 3 Address blank if you like. The chances of the first and second addresses both failing is highly unlikely. Most routers don't have a spot for a third address for this very reason.

When you have made these changes, click the Apply button at the bottom of the page.

That's it!

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.

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