This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Netgear DGN2200v4 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 Netgear DGN2200v4 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 DGN2200v4, follow our Netgear DGN2200v4 Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
You should begin on the Basic Home page of the Netgear DGN2200v4 router. To change the DNS server settings, click the link on the left side of the page labeled Internet.
This is the only screenshot we have of a DNS Server setting, if you know of another one, please let us know. This appears to be the DNS server for updates only. Routers usually have another place to enter the DNS server settings that the computer will use on a regular basis.
Some connection types may not allow for changing this DNS server, but if yours will, then we recommend doing so.
Looking down this page, try and find the heading of Domain Name Server (DNS) Address. If your connection allows for you to change this DNS Server, you will find it.
Under this heading, tick the radio button labeled Use These DNS Servers.
In the Primary DNS boxes, enter the primary address of the DNS server you wish to use.
Enter the secondary address of that DNS server in the boxes titled Secondary DNS.
Click the Apply button at the bottom of the page.
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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