How to change the DNS settings on a Netgear WN802T router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Netgear WN802T router.

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This is the dns guide for the Netgear WN802T.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 WN802T

To get started configuring the Netgear WN802T 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 WN802T, follow our Netgear WN802T Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Netgear WN802T

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 router.

Starting on the General screen of the Netgear WN802T router, click the link on the left side called Basic Settings. This link is located just under Setup.

Configure the DNS section of your Netgear WN802T

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This is the setup page from your Netgear router.

You are now on the correct page to change the DNS Server addresses. In the IP Address section, Disable the DHCP Client. Once this is done, you can change your DNS Server.

In the boxes labeled Primary DNS Server, enter the main address of the DNS Server you plan on using. This address is always going to be accessed first.

Below that is the Secondary DNS Server. Enter your choice of secondary DNS Server addresses here. The address you enter here is a back-up address, and only used if the first is inaccessible.

Click the Apply button before exiting.

If at this point, you have to enter an IP Address just under the DHCP Client, clicking this link takes you to our guide on why and how to change your LAN IP Address.

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 WN802T Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WN802T info that you might be interested in.

This is the dns guide for the Netgear WN802T.We also have the following guides for the same router: