ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Increase Internet Speed- How to change the DNS Server Address

Updated on August 6, 2013

What Is DNS.

DNS stands for Domain Name Server. It is used to convert a web address (Eg: that you type in your internet explorer, into corresponding IP address.

A web address such as the above, is a high end language which cannot be understood by your computer. (The computer only understands low level language which consists of 0 and 1). For that, an IP address is used, which is a 32 bit address consisting of 0 and 1 specifically. An example of an ip address would be When converted to binary form, it appears as 11000000.10101000.00000001.00000001 which is readable by the computer.

Each website contains its own unique IP address. When a user enters a website name and clicks on enter, the same is taken up by the local DNS server where the name gets converted into the corresponding IP address. Once the translation is complete, the DNS server connects to the remote computer which is specified by the ip address,

On connection getting established, the remote computer links itself with the home user computer and DNS server disconnects, proceeding with other operations.


How to change the DNS Server Settings

The Internet Service Provider, automatically assigns a DNS server to each new connection. The drawback is, some of the assigned DNS server will be very slow in its operation and this can cause the net speed to reduce drastically, even though you have high bandwidth.

There are some high speed DNS server which are available for free. One of the most notable would be the Google DNS server.

To change the settings of the DNS server, here are the following steps.

  1. Press Windows Key + R. In the Run command, type ‘ ncpa.cpl ‘ and press ' OK ' button.
  2. Now the page for Network Connections will open. This will list all the available Networks currently installed on your computer.
  3. Right click on the icon of your respective network connection and click on Properties Tab.
  4. Click on Continue button from the User Account Control Window that pops up, to proceed.
  5. Now a new page will appear. Double Click on ‘ Internet Protocol Version 4 ( TCP/ipv4) ‘ option from the given listing.
  6. On the bottom of the Pop Up window that appears, click on the option “ Use the following DNS Server address “.
  7. On the corresponding box for “Preferred DNS Server“, type the ip address In the same way, for “Alternate DNS Address “, type in

The above given ip address are for Google DNS Server. There are also other free DNS server available on the net, Do a search on Google with the search term “ free DNS Server “ for the same and enter the ip address manually as shown above.

Network Connections page
Network Connections page
Connection Properties
Connection Properties
DNS Server Selection Page
DNS Server Selection Page

List of DNS Servers

Google DNS Server
Norton Free DNS Server
Comodo Secure DNS
Safe DNS

Has your net connection speed improved after changing the DNS Server

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)