How to change the DNS settings on a Netgear WGR614 router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Netgear WGR614 router.

Other Netgear WGR614 Guides

This is the dns guide for the Netgear WGR614 v6. 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:

  • 173.194.33.73

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:

  • Primary: 8.8.8.8
  • Secondary: 8.8.4.4

If you want to use OpenDNS, use the following settings:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

Login To The Netgear WGR614

To get started configuring the Netgear WGR614 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 WGR614, follow our Netgear WGR614 Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Netgear WGR614

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

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This is the status page from your Netgear WGR614 router.

You begin on the Status page of the Netgear WGR614v6 router. To change the DNS Server addresses, click the choice in the left side bar labeled Basic Settings, under Setup.

Configure the DNS section of your Netgear WGR614

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This is the lan page from your Netgear WGR614 router.

On this new page, find the heading in bold titled Domain Name Server (DNS) Address. Under that, tick the radio button labeled Use These DNS Servers.

Next, in the four boxes labeled Primary DNS, enter the main address of the DNS Server you have chosen to use. This address is the one that is always checked first.

Below that is the Secondary DNS. Type in the secondary address of that same DNS Server here. Remember that the address you enter here becomes the back-up address, only being used if the primary can't be found.

Don't forget to click the Apply button, or your changes won't be finalized.

That is it, you're 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 Netgear WGR614 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WGR614 info that you might be interested in.

This is the dns guide for the Netgear WGR614 v6. We also have the following guides for the same router: