How to change the DNS settings on a Netgear CG3101D router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Netgear CG3101D router.

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This is the dns guide for the Netgear CG3101D.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 Netgear CG3101D

To get started configuring the Netgear CG3101D DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Netgear CG3101D, follow our Netgear CG3101D Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Netgear CG3101D

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 Netgear router.

Starting on the Home page of the Netgear CG3101D router, click the choice at the bottom of the page labeled Advanced Settings. Then click Basic Settings on the left side of the page in gray.

Configure the DNS section of your Netgear CG3101D

router IP address lan home network
This is the lan page from your Netgear router.

This takes you to a page like the one you see here. This is the Basic Settings for the WAN Connection. This is your external IP Address. The DNS servers on this page are typically used for updates only. The LAN or DHCP page is the one the computer will use on a daily basis. If you know of another place to change the DNS Server, please let us know.

We don't recommend changing the WAN Connection type, but if you have a Static IP Address here, go ahead and change the DNS Servers. Enter the primary address of DNS server you want to use in the boxes labeled Primary DNS. Enter the secondary address of the DNS server you want to have in the boxes labeled Secondary DNS. Then click Apply.

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 Netgear CG3101D Info

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This is the dns guide for the Netgear CG3101D.We also have the following guides for the same router: