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Google: Add Public DNS to Your Home Router

Last week we looked at how to add Google Public DNS to your computer for faster browsing. If you have several computers on your network, it’s easier to add it to your home router, than each computer.

From a computer on your network, launch a browser and type in the IP of your router and hit Enter. Usually it’s for similar. If you’re not sure, check the router documentation.

Here I’m using a Linksys E4200.


Next enter the password for your home router. You do have it password protected right?


Now go to the DNS settings for your router. With Linksys routers that I have used, the section is under Setup >> Basic Setup.

Each router’s user interface is different, but adding the DNS to is the same.

For Static DNS type: and – they can be in either order.


After you enter in the DNS values, make sure to save the settings.

That’s it! The changes have been saved. Some routers will require you to restart it before changes go into effect.


To verify the Google Public DNS is working, click Start type: cmd into the search box and hit enter.


At the command prompt type: ipconfig /all and hit Enter.


Then search through the results under the adapter your PC is connected to.


That’s all there is to it. Adding Google Public DNS to your router is easier than adding it to each individual machine.

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6 Responses to Google: Add Public DNS to Your Home Router

  1. Brandon November 9, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    The command entered into the Command Prompt should be ipconfig /all as shown in the screenshot.

    Not msconfig /all as the text states.

    • Brian Burgess November 9, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Nice catch Brandon! Thank you.

  2. nick November 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Will this work with OSX as well?

  3. vic November 11, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    My favourite number 😀
    I use it in my modem setting.
    Really usefull this number.
    Thank you google 😉

  4. bsur June 7, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Why i never thought about this on my router, I have this setting on all of my PC/Laptop at home. I read this before when you cover the DNSbenchmark apps.

  5. Rob January 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    even after a release and renew my PC still shows as DNS – even though the Google DNS numbers are in my router.

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