How to change the DNS settings on a Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2 router

This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2 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 Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2

To get started configuring the Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2 DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2, follow our Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2 Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2

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

This guide begins on the System Status page of the Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2 router. First, click the blue link on the left side of the page labeled Network Configuration.

At this point a new menu down below appears. From this new menu pick DHCP/DNS Service.

Configure the DNS section of your Huawei SmartAX-MT800v2

Now on the correct page, go ahead and enable the the DHCP Service by putting a check in the box marked Enable DHCP Service.

Now in the Primary DNS server IP address enter the primary address of the DNS server you want to use. In the box below that labeled Secondary DNS server IP address enter the secondary address of that DNS server.

You can ignore the warning to the right, if you get a DHCP response from the router it will include the DNS server settings and the PC will take them.

Below that in the DNS Relay section, for most routers this section is one and the same as the section above. We recommend setting it also, it is very convenient if you set Static IP's.

Following the same procedure as above, use the drop down menu to choose Enable next to DNS Relay. Next, enter the primary address in the box labeled Primary DNS server IP address. Type in the secondary address below that in the Secondary DNS server IP address.

Finally, click the OK button. That's it, you're 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.

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