How to change the DNS settings on a Linksys BEFVP41 router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Linksys BEFVP41 router.

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This is the dns guide for the Linksys BEFVP41.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 Linksys BEFVP41

To get started configuring the Linksys BEFVP41 DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Linksys BEFVP41, follow our Linksys BEFVP41 Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Linksys BEFVP41

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 Linksys router.

The DNS server settings are found on the DHCP page, which from the Status page of the Linksys BEFVP41v1, is found be clicking the choice at the top of the page labeled DHCP.

Configure the DNS section of your Linksys BEFVP41

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

Now on the correct page, we recommend first Enabling the DHCP Server. This setting allows the router to hand out IP addresses to the computers on your network from a list of IP addresses when needed.

Farther down this page you find the boxes titled DNS 1. Use these four boxes to enter the primary IP Address of the DNS server you plan on using.

In the next four boxes tagged 2, enter the secondary address of that DNS server.

If you have a third address you would like to use, enter that in the next four boxes labeled 3. If you don't have a third address, just leave these boxes blank.

Click the Apply button at the bottom of the page, and you are done.

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 Linksys BEFVP41 Info

Don't forget about our other Linksys BEFVP41 info that you might be interested in.

This is the dns guide for the Linksys BEFVP41.We also have the following guides for the same router: