How to Change DNS Servers on Most Popular Routers?

You might try to switch your router’s DNS server to Google DNS, Open DNS, or Cloudflare and see if that improves network connectivity and surfing speed.

Change DNS Servers on Most Popular Routers

Altering the router's DNS server

You must be familiar with your router’s IP address, user name, and password in order to change the DNS server.

User Name: Your router’s user name is probably admin, cusadmin, or left empty. You should be able to find the User Name from the manufacturer’s website if these User Names do not work.

Password: The router’s login password is probably password, 12345, or left empty. You should be able to access your router using your WiFi network password if you had updated the login password.

IP Address: If you haven’t changed it, your router’s IP address is probably one of,, or

The IP address of your router should also be listed in the user manual, on the manufacturer’s website, or on a label on the back of your router.

Note: Updating the DNS on your router will force every device on your network to use the new DNS.

How to Change the DNS Server for a Router

Your modem or router will automatically use the DNS servers provided by your internet service provider. Most users who are not truly interested in these intricacies will find this configuration suitable.


The methods listed below allow you to change the router’s DNS server at any time.

1. On your PC, launch Chrome or another online browser.

2. In the browser’s address field, type the router’s IP address and hit the Enter key.

IP Address of Router in Browser Bar

Note: The IP address does not begin with http://

3. To log into your router, enter the Username and Password on the router login screen.

The router login page

4. Upon logging in to the router, the precise position of the DNS Settings page will vary depending on the router’s maker.

  • Setup > Lan Setup in Cisco
  • Internet > Setup for D-Link
  • Setup > Basic Setup, Linksys
  • Basic > Internet for Netgear
  • DHCP > DHCP Settings on TP-LINK
  • Belkin: WAN > DNS

5. You might have to switch to Manual Setup after you locate the DNS settings option.

Change your DNS settings to manual

6. When you go to Manual, you can type in your new DNS entries. In our example, we changed to Google DNS by typing and in DNS1 and DNS2, respectively.

the DNS settings on your router to Google DNS

Enter and as your primary and secondary DNS servers to switch to Cloudflare. Enter and for Open DNS.

7. After making your changes, click Save Changes and watch them take effect.

Your devices’ internet connectivity may be disrupted for roughly five minutes after updating the router’s DNS server.

Before attempting to connect to the internet, make sure you have cleared the browser cache on your computer.

If You Cannot Log Into Your Router

Try logging in using the WiFi Password if you are having trouble with the router’s default passwords (admin, cusadmin, or blank).

If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to push the Reset Button or Rest Hole on the back of the router to return it to its factory default settings.

After the router has been factory reset, you can log in using the default user name and password.

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