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Change your web settings so you can surf the internet faster

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We will start by explaining how to change DNS server settings on an individual Windows PC that is connected to the internet via a broadband modem. if you have a router (wireless or otherwise) and would prefer to change its DNS settings, so that every computer connected to the network uses the Google Public DNS server, skip to Step 8. we will begin with Windows XP (Vista and Windows 7 users can skip to Step 5). Click start followed by Control Panel. Now click the Network and Internet Connections link followed by Network Connections.

The computer’s internet connection should be listed in the Network Connections window. On a standalone PC connected directly to the internet, it will usually be labelled ‘Local Area Connection’. Right-click the icon and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The Local Area Connection Properties dialogue box will appear – click the General tab. Now scroll down the items list to find the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) entry, click to highlight it and then click the Properties button.

The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialogue box will appear. Write down the existing settings, in case you later wish to revert to the current setup. Now click to select the ‘use the following DNS server addresses’ radio button. In the Preferred DNS server box, type 8.8.8.8 and, in Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4 – these are the IP address of the Google Public DNS. Click OK twice to close the dialogue boxes and then restart all open web browsers to ensure they’re making use of the new settings.

The process is similar in both Windows 7 and Vista but there are differing routes to the necessary settings. we will start with Vista. Click start followed by Control Panel. Now click the Network and Internet followed by the View network status and tasks link. Click the Manage network connections link on the left then right-click the icon for your internet connection (typically called ‘Local Area Connection’) and choose Properties.

Windows 7 users should click start followed by Control Panel, then the Network and Internet, Network and Sharing Center and click Change adapter settings links. Now right-click the icon representing this PC’s internet connection (it will usually be called ‘Local Area Connection) and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

In both Vista and Windows 7, in the Local Area Connections Properties dialogue box click the Networking tab. Now scroll down the items list to find the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) entry, click to select it and then click the Properties button. Write down the existing settings, in case you later wish to revert to the current setup. Now click to select the ‘use the following DNS server addresses’ radio button. In the Preferred DNS server box, type 8.8.8.8 and, in Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4 – these are the IP address of the Google Public DNS. if desired, Windows 7 users can tick the ‘Validate settings upon exit’ box here to have Windows check new settings when the Local Area Connections Properties dialogue box is closed. Click OK twice to close the dialogue boxes and then restart all open web browsers to ensure that they’re making use of the new settings.

If you have several computers that connect to the internet via a router (wireless or otherwise), it is possible to have them all use the Google Public DNS server. This is achieved by defining the DNS server address in the router’s settings. for this to work, the computers must obtain their IP addresses via DHCP. This essentially involves selecting the ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’ radio buttons on the Local Area Connections Properties dialogue box described in earlier steps. however, the chances are that this will already be the case so, beyond checking, there should be nothing to do. Now log in to the router’s settings page. The precise method of doing this varies from router to router, so you’ll need to refer to the manual that came with yours. To access ours, we typed the router’s IP address (192.168.1.254) into the web browser’s Address bar and pressed Enter. You may need to enter a username and password at this or some later point, so, again, refer to the router’s manual for guidance on what these are.

Now look for the DNS settings section in the router’s settings. we found ours in the WAN Profile area under the Configuration menu, but remember that every router is different. Refer to the manual for help or just click around until you find the relevant settings – something that refers to primary and secondary DNS. Write these settings down for future reference.

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