How to change the DNS settings on a TP-Link TD-W8961NT router

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This page shows how to change the DNS settings on the TP-Link TD-W8961NT router.

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This is the dns guide for the TP-Link TD-W8961NT. 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:

  • Primary:
  • Secondary:

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


Login To The TP-Link TD-W8961NT

To get started configuring the TP-Link TD-W8961NT 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-W8961NT, follow our TP-Link TD-W8961NT Login Guide.

Change the DNS settings on a TP-Link TD-W8961NT

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

router status mac address internet IP
This is the status page from your TP-Link TD-W8961NT router.

For the TP-Link TD-W8961NT router, you start on the Status page. To change the Domain Name System settings, or DNS settings, click the link at the top of the page labeled Interface Setup. Then, below that, pick LAN.

Configure the DNS section of your TP-Link TD-W8961NT

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This is the setup page from your TP-Link TD-W8961NT router.

You are now on the correct page to change the DNS server settings. Scroll down this page until you see the heading on the left side of the page labeled DNS.

Next, choose Use User Discovered DNS Server Only from the drop-down menu next to DNS Relay.

Below that is the Primary DNS Server, enter the primary address of the DNS server you want to use. The address you enter here is the one that will always be used first.

Then, enter the secondary address of that DNS Server in the box labeled Secondary DNS Server. This address is only used if the first is not available.

That's all there is to it, simply click the SAVE button in the orange bar at the bottom of the page 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 TP-Link TD-W8961NT Info

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This is the dns guide for the TP-Link TD-W8961NT. We also have the following guides for the same router: