How to Change DNS Servers on Most Popular Routers

How to Change DNS Servers on Routers by NETGEAR, Linksys, D-Link, and More

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Changing the DNS server settings on your router isn't that difficult, but every manufacturer uses their own custom interface, meaning that the process can be very different depending on the router you own.

Below you'll find the exact steps needed to change the DNS servers on your make of router. We only have the most popular router brands listed right now, but you can expect the list to be expanding soon.

See our Public DNS Servers List if you haven't already settled on an independent DNS server provider, any of which could perform much better than the ones assigned by your ISP.

Note: Changing the DNS servers on your router, instead of on your individual devices, is almost always a better idea but you might want to look at our How to Change DNS Server Settings: Router vs PC for a better understanding of why that is.

Linksys

Photo of a Linksys EA8500 Router
Linksys EA8500 Router. © Belkin International, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Linksys router from the Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your Linksys router's web-based administration, usually http://192.168.1.1.
  2. Tap or click Setup from the top menu.
  3. Tap or click Basic Setup from the Setup submenu.
  4. In the Static DNS 1 field, enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  5. In the Static DNS 2 field, enter the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  6. The Static DNS 3 field can be left blank, or you can add a primary DNS server from another provider.
  7. Tap or click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Tap or click the Continue button on the next screen.

Most Linksys routers don't require a restart for these DNS server changes to take effect, but be sure to do so if the router admin page asks you to.

See our Linksys Default Password List if 192.168.1.1 didn't work for you. Not all Linksys routers use that address.

Linksys makes small changes to their administration page every time they release a new series of routers, so if the procedure above didn't work for you exactly, the instructions you need will be in your manual. See our Linksys Support profile for links to downloadable manuals for your specific router.

NETGEAR

Photo of a NETGEAR R8000 Router
NETGEAR R8000 Router. © NETGEAR

Change the DNS servers on your NETGEAR router from the Basic Settings or Internet menu, depending on your model:

  1. Sign in to your NETGEAR router manager page, most often via http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1.
  2. NETGEAR has two major interfaces with different ways of performing the next step:
    • If you have a BASIC and ADVANCED tab along the top, choose the Basic followed by the Internet option (on the left).
    • If you don't have those two tabs along the top, choose Basic Settings.
  3. Choose the Use These DNS Servers option under the Domain Name Server (DNS) Address section.
  4. In the Primary DNS field, enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  5. In the Secondary DNS field, use the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  6. If your NETGEAR router gives you a Third DNS field, you can leave it blank or choose a primary DNS server from another provider.
  7. Tap or click Apply to save the DNS server changes you just entered.
  8. Follow any additional prompts about restarting your router. If you don't get any, your changes should now be live.

NETGEAR routers have used a number of different default gateway addresses over the years, so if 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 didn't work for you, find your model in my NETGEAR Default Password List.

While the process outlined above should work with most NETGEAR routers, there may be a model or two that use a different method. See our NETGEAR Support page for help digging up the PDF manual for your specific model, which will have the exact instructions you need.

D-Link

Photo of a D-Link DIR-890L/R Router
D-Link DIR-890L/R Router. © D-Link

Change the DNS servers on your D-Link router from the Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your D-Link router using http://192.168.0.1.
  2. Choose the Internet option on the left side of the page.
  3. Select the Setup menu from the top of the page.
  4. Find the Dynamic IP (DHCP) Internet Connection Type section and use the Primary DNS Address field to enter the primary DNS server you want to use.
  5. Use the Secondary DNS Address field to type in the secondary DNS server you want to use.
  6. Choose the Save Settings button at the top of the page.
  7. The DNS server settings should have changed instantly but you might be told to reboot the router to complete the changes.

While most D-Link routers can be accessed via 192.168.0.1, a few of their models use a different one by default. If that address didn't work for you, see our D-Link Default Password List to find your specific model's default IP address (and the default password for logging on, if you need it).

If the process above didn't seem to apply for you, see our D-Link Support page for information on finding the product manual for your specific D-Link router.

ASUS

Photo of an ASUS RT-AC3200 Router
ASUS RT-AC3200 Router. © ASUS

Change the DNS servers on your ASUS router through the LAN menu:

  1. Sign in to your ASUS router's admin page with this address: http://192.168.1.1.
  2. From the menu to the left, click or tap WAN.
  3. Choose the Internet Connection tab at the top of the page, to the right.
  4. Under the WAN DNS Setting section, enter the primary DNS server you want to use into the DNS Server1 text box.
  5. Enter the secondary DNS server you want to use in the DNS Server2 text box.
  6. Save the changes with the Apply button at the bottom of the page.

You may need to restart the router after applying the changes.

You should be able to access the configuration page for most ASUS routers with the 192.168.1.1 address. If you've never changed your sign-on information, try using admin for both the username and the password.

Unfortunately, the software on every ASUS router isn't the same. If you can't get in to your router's configuration page using the steps described above, you can dig up your router's manual on the ASUS support website, which will have specific instructions for you.

TP-LINK

Photo of a TP-LINK AC1200 Archer C5 Router
TP-LINK AC1200 Router. © TP-LINK Technologies

Change the DNS servers on your TP-LINK router via the DHCP menu:

  1. Sign in to your TP-LINK router's configuration page, usually via the http://192.168.1.1 address, but sometimes via http://192.168.0.1.
  2. Choose the DHCP option from the menu on the left.
  3. Tap or click the DHCP submenu option called DHCP Settings.
  4. Use the Primary DNS field to enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  5. Use the Secondary DNS field to enter the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  6. Choose the Save button at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

You probably don't have to restart your router to apply these DNS settings, but some TP-LINK routers may require it.

One of those two IP addresses above, as well as the tutorial as outlined, should work for most TP-LINK routers. If not, do a search for your TP-LINK model at TP-LINK's support page. In your router's manual will be the default IP you should use to connect, as well as details on the DNS-change procedure.

Cisco

Picture of a black Cisco RV110W router
Cisco RV110W Router. © Cisco

Change the DNS servers on your Cisco router from the LAN Setup menu:

  1. Sign in to your Cisco router from either http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.1.254, depending on your router model.
  2. Click or tap the Setup option from the menu at the very top of the page.
  3. Choose the Lan Setup tab from the menu that's just below the Setup option.
  4. In the LAN 1 Static DNS 1 field, enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  5. In the LAN 1 Static DNS 2 field, use the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  6. Some Cisco routers may have a LAN 1 Static DNS 3 field, which you can leave blank, or enter yet another DNS server.
  7. Save the changes using the Save Settings button at the bottom of page.

Some Cisco routers will have you restart the router to apply the changes. If not, all the changes are applied right after choosing Save Settings.

Having trouble with the directions? See our Cisco Support page for help finding the manual that belongs with your exact Cisco router model. Some models require slightly different steps to reach the DNS server settings but your manual will be 100% correct for your model.

If you can't even open your Cisco router's configuration page using one of the addresses from above, be sure to look through our Cisco Default Password List for the default IP address, as well as other default login data, for your specific Cisco router.

Note: These steps will be different for your router if you have a co-branded Cisco-Linksys router. If your router has the word Linksys on it anywhere, follow the steps at the very top of this page for changing the DNS servers on a Linksys router.

TRENDnet

Picture of a TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Router
TRENDnet AC1900 Router. © TRENDnet

Change the DNS servers on your TRENDnet router via the Advanced menu:

  1. Sign in to your TRENDnet router at http://192.168.10.1.
  2. Choose Advanced from the top of the page.
  3. Select the Setup menu to the left.
  4. Click or tap the Internet settings submenu under the Setup menu.
  5. Choose the Enable option next to Manually configure DNS.
  6. Next to the Primary DNS box, enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  7. Use the Secondary DNS field for the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  8. Save the settings with the Apply button.
  9. If you're told to reboot the router, then follow the instructions on the screen. Not all TRENDnet models will require this.

The instructions above should work for most TRENDnet routers but if you find that they don't, head to TRENDnet's support page and look for the PDF user guide for your model.

Belkin

Picture of a Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Router
Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Router. © Belkin International, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Belkin router by opening the DNS menu:

  1. Sign in to your Belkin router through the address http://192.168.2.1.
  2. Select DNS under the Internet WAN section from the menu on the left.
  3. In the DNS Address field, enter the primary DNS server you'd like to use.
  4. In the Secondary DNS Address field, use the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  5. Click or tap the Apply Changes button to save the changes.
  6. You may be told to restart your router for the changes to take effect - just follow the on-screen prompts if so.

You can reach nearly all Belkin routers with 192.168.2.1 but there are probably some exceptions where a different address is used by default. If this IP address doesn't work for you, the specific one that should be used for your model can be found on Belkin's support page.

Buffalo

Picture of a black Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1750 router
Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1750 Router. © Buffalo Americas, Inc.

Change the DNS servers on your Buffalo router from the Advanced menu:

  1. Sign in to your Buffalo router at http://192.168.11.1.
  2. Click or tap on the Advanced tab at the top of the page.
  3. Choose WAN Config on the left side of the page.
  4. Next to the Primary field in the Advanced Settings section, enter the primary DNS server you want to use.
  5. Next to the Secondary field, type the secondary DNS server you'd like to use.
  6. Near the very bottom of the page, choose Apply to save the changes.

If the administration IP address isn't working, or the other steps don't seem to be right for your particular Buffalo router model, you can find specific instructions in your router's user manual, available from the Buffalo support page.

Google Wifi

Picture of three Google Wifi mesh points
Google Wifi. © Google

Change the DNS servers on your Google Wifi router from the Advanced networking menu:

  1. Open the Google Wifi app on your mobile device.

    You can download Google Wifi from the Google Play Store for Android or the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
  2. Tap the upper-right menu item to enter into the settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings section and choose Network & General.
  4. Tap Advanced networking from the Network section.
  5. Choose the DNS item.

    Note: As you can see on this screen, Google Wifi uses Google's DNS servers by default but you have the option to change the servers to be your ISP's or a custom set.
  6. Tap Custom to find two new text boxes.
  7. Next to the Primary server text field, enter the DNS server you'd like to use with Google Wifi.
  8. Next to Secondary server, enter an optional secondary DNS server.
  9. Tap the SAVE button at the top-right of the Google Wifi app.

Unlike routers from most other manufacturers, you cannot access Google Wifi settings from your computer using its IP address. You must use the accompanied mobile app that you can download from Step 1 above.

All of the Google Wifi mesh points connected to one network use the same DNS servers that you choose following the steps above; you can't pick different DNS servers for each Wifi point.

If you need additional help, you can consult the Google Wifi Help Center for more information.

Didn't See Your Router Maker?

As of this writing, we only have the most popular router makers in this list but we'll be adding DNS change instructions for Amped Wireless, Apple, CradlePoint, Edimax, EnGenius, Foscam, Gl.iNet, HooToo, JCG, Medialink, Peplink, RAVPower, Securifi, and Western Digital routers soon.