When you subscribe for internet access for home or business, the Internet Service Provider provides all of your network settings. This includes DNS addresses that make it possible to access and browse favorite sites, online services like Google Docs when working from home, downloading files off of platforms like Dropbox.
If you are experiencing slow internet speed or difficulty connecting to websites, it is possible that your DNS server may be the problem. This article will explain how to change your DNS server on Windows 11 and why it’s important and necessary.
What is DNS Server?
A DNS Server is a critical part of the internet. It translates domain names into IP addresses so that you can connect to websites and online content. A bad or down DNS server means your connection will be slow, interrupted, or will not work at all.
There are many ways to find out the problem and solve it, but one of them is by changing your DNS setting. Changing your DNS will help prevent any future problems with slow internet or connections dropping altogether. If you are on Windows 11 and having issues with your internet connection, this article will show you how to change the DNS settings for faster connections.
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How to Change DNS Settings on Windows 11
First of all, open the Windows Settings app by pressing your keyboard’s Windows + I key at the same time. From the Settings, select “Network & Internet” from the left side.
Now, you need to scroll down to see the “Advanced Network Settings” option, click on it.
When you are using the Internet over WiFi, click on your WiFi adapter. If you have a LAN connection, choose Ethernet instead. Click the “View Additional Properties” from the expanded view of your network adapter to get more information about its configuration and statistics.
A new window appears, click the Edit button from DNS Server Assignment.
Now enter your Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS like the image below
Click on the Save button to save your changes.
How to change DNS server from Control Panel
If you prefer the Control Panel over Settings, this guide is for you!
Step 1: Open Control Panel by entering “control” from the Search on Taskbar.
Step 2: Go to Network and Internet >> Select Network and sharing center.
Step 3: Select Change adapter settings from the left side of window.
Step 4: Click on your Internet connection and select Properties.
Check on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) >> Properties.
Enter your DNS server and click OK to save all settings.
How to choose the best DNS server
Your DNS server setting is set to Automatic (DHCP) by default. This means that your internet service provider chooses which DNS you use when accessing the Internet. There are many reasons why you should avoid this, you know the way to change the DNS server on Windows 11, but which fastest DNS should you use?
Using The Best Public DNS Benchmark
You may be wondering which DNS server to use, so here is a list of some popular and reliable ones you can choose from.
|Public DNS Server||Best for||DNS 1||DNS 2|
|Google Public DNS||Speed||18.104.22.168||22.214.171.124|
|Quad9 DNS (IPv4)||Security||126.96.36.199||188.8.131.52|
|Cisco Umbrella (IPv4)||Security||208.67. 222.222||208.67. 220.220|
|Cisco Umbrella (IPv6)||Security||2620:119:35::35||2620:119:53::53|
|OpenDNS FamilyShield||Content Blocking||184.108.40.206||220.127.116.11|
Using Third-Party Software
To find the fastest DNS servers, you can use a third-party app and run it. The speed of your server is dependent on many factors that are relative to where you live and how great your connection currently is. DNS Jumper is a free DNS changing tool that will help you find the fastest DNS server in your area. It’s very easy to use and set up, it’s like speed testing for DNS servers. So give it a try and see if it helps!
Step 1: Download and Install the DNS Jumper 2.0 from Sordum.org
Step 2: Open DNSJumper.exe and click on Fastest DNS.
Check on Enable Turbo Resolve and click Start DNS Test now.
After the test is complete, you will see a list of all DNS servers that have been tested. The fastest one will be at the top or you can click on the Result 1 or Result 2 to see the best ones.
Step 3: Select Apply DNS Server to save this setting or you do it manually by following the steps above.
How to show your current DNS server?
If you want to know what DNS server you are using, o pen CMD by typing “cmd” from the Search.
Enter the command to the Command Prompt.
Here is my current DNS server.
It is not recommended that you make this change to your PC if you use a computer at work and connect to any corporate or work network. If this happens, your PC will be unable to access valuable information because of the broken connectivity with domain controllers and servers.
We hope this post was helpful. Leave your comment below and let us know if you have any questions about DNS settings or anything else related to Windows 11!