How to change the DNS settings on a Netgear WNDR3800 router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Netgear WNDR3800 router.

Other Netgear WNDR3800 Guides

This is the dns guide for the Netgear WNDR3800.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 "", 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 "" and "" 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 WNDR3800

To get started configuring the Netgear WNDR3800 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 WNDR3800, follow our Netgear WNDR3800 Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a Netgear WNDR3800

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

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This is the general page from your Netgear router.

This guide starts on the Basic Home page of the Netgear WNDR3800. To get to the proper page where you can change the DNS Server settings, click the Internet option on the left side of the page.

Configure the DNS section of your Netgear WNDR3800

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This is the setup page from your Netgear router.

On this new page, look down the page and find the section that reads Domain Name Server (DNS) Address.

Tick the radio button labeled Use These DNS Servers.

Next, the boxes titled Primary DNS should contain the address of the DNS Server that you wish to be the primary one. The address entered here is always used first.

Below that is the Secondary DNS. In these boxes, enter the secondary address of the DNS Server you want to use.

That' it, just click Apply before exiting.

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 WNDR3800 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WNDR3800 info that you might be interested in.

This is the dns guide for the Netgear WNDR3800.We also have the following guides for the same router: