Fix your DNS Server problems by using Public DNS servers

Most of us use the default dns server settings provided by our ISP and we don’t bother about it. So, very often we face problems and run into errors like ‘cannot find sever’ because the dns server of your ISP is unable to complete the request. It is a fact that ISP dns servers are not always reliable and you can face the internet connectivity issues very often.

What is DNS Server ?

A DNS or Domain Name Server is a computer which is registered to join the Domain Name System. A DNS server runs special-purpose networking software, features a public IP address, and contains a database of network names and addresses for other Internet hosts.

Solution to DNS not Working Error

So, what to do if your ISP dns server is not responding well? The solution to this problem is to use public dns servers for your computer. You can make these changes in the dns server settings in ‘Change adapter settings’ under ‘Network and Sharing Center’  and specify the new dns server settings there. Also clear the dns cache by using ‘ipconfig/flushdns’ command and start using your internet as always. After specifying the new settings you can feel that the websites are now loading very swiftly.

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Change DNS Server Address in Windows

Here change the dns server address for the primary dns server / preferred dns as 8.8.8.8 and secondary dns server / alternate dns server address as 8.8.4.4 for using Google DNS Servers.

 

DNS Settings

Here are some trusted and reliable public free dns servers providers

Provider Primary DNS Server Secondary DNS Server
Google 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4
Level3 209.244.0.3 209.244.0.4
Comodo Secure DNS 8.26.56.26 8.20.247.20
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220
DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1 156.154.71.1
Norton DNS 198.153.192.1 198.153.194.1
ScrubIT 67.138.54.120 207.225.209.77
OpenNIC 69.164.208.50 216.87.84.211
Public-Root 199.5.157.131 208.71.35.137

These public dns servers are very reliable and have almost 99.99% uptime. Google and OpenDNS public dns servers are most popular so you should try them first, but if you face any problem using them, then you can go for other listed servers, which are also very fast and reliable. If you are still facing DNS problems after using the public dns servers then the issue is maybe because of your ISP.

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