This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the Sparklan WX-6615m 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 Sparklan WX-6615m DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Sparklan WX-6615m, follow our Sparklan WX-6615m Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
Beginning on the Status page of the Sparklan WX-6615m router, click the choice at the top of the page labeled DHCP Server.
This directs you to a page like the one you see here.
In the boxes that are titled Static DNS 1, enter the primary address of the DNS Server you have decided to use. The address entered here will always be checked first.
Next is the Static DNS 2. In these boxes, enter the secondary DNS server address you have chosen to use. Remember that this address is only ever used if the first can't be accessed.
Feel free to leave the Static DNS 3 boxes blank, it would be a back-up of a back-up and hardly if ever used.
That's it, simply click the Apply button before exiting.
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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