How to change the DNS settings on a TP-Link TD-W8960N router

This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the TP-Link TD-W8960N router.

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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 TP-Link TD-W8960N

To get started configuring the TP-Link TD-W8960N DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the TP-Link TD-W8960N, follow our TP-Link TD-W8960N Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a TP-Link TD-W8960N

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

Beginning on the Device Info page of the TP-Link TD-W8960N router, tick the choice on the left side of the page labeled Advanced Setup. Then under that, pick DNS, and DNS Server.

Configure the DNS section of your TP-Link TD-W8960N

This is the first of two pages that deal with DNS server settings. Both of these pages are on the WAN side of the router which is normally the DNS server for updates, not daily internet use. If you know of another page that deals with the DNS server, preferably on the LAN side, please let us know.

We still recommend setting these DNS servers. To do so, tick the radio button titled Use the following Static DNS IP address. Then enter the primary address of the DNS server you have chosen in the box labeled Primary DNS server. Enter the secondary address of this DNS server in the box labeled Secondary DNS server. Finish by clicking the Apply/Save button.

To get to the next page, tick the choice on the left side of the page labeled Quick Setup, then find the WAN Configurations page.

You'll end up on a page like the one you see above. At this point, if the DNS Servers have been updated to reflect the DNS servers you chose on the last page, you are finished and can exit. If not, tick the radio button that reads Set DNS Manually next to DNS Settings. Below that, in the box labeled Primary DNS, enter the same primary DNS server address that you entered on the previous page. Then, enter the same secondary address as the last page, in the box titled Secondary DNS. Finally, click the button labeled Next to save your settings.

That's it.

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.

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