In case you are bothered by slow or inconsistent internet connectivity on your Windows 10 Computer, the issue might be due to slow or crowded DNS Servers used by your service provider. You will find below the steps to change the DNS Servers on your Windows 10 Computer to faster DNS Servers as provided by Google, OpenDNS and others.
Change DNS Servers in Windows 10
In simple terms a DNS Server can be defined as a service that helps resolve human readable web address into a machine readable web address. For example, it is far easier for a human brain to remember google.com, instead of remembering 22.214.171.124, which is its machine readable web address.
By default, your Windows 10 computer uses the DNS Servers as provided by your Internet Service Provider. This automatic setting is ideal for most computer users who do not want to go through the hassle of setting up DNS Servers on their Computers.
However, you do not have to stick to the DNS Servers as provided by your Internet Service Provider, in case you are experiencing slow browsing speed and internet connectivity issues on your Computer.
You can easily change the DNS Servers on your Windows 10 Computer to either Google or OpenDNS and see if this helps in resolving the slow browsing speed and other internet connectivity issues on your computer.
Both Google and OpenDNS are known to be highly reliable DNS Servers and likely to be faster than the DNS Servers used by your Internet Service Provider. Also, in case of OpenDNS, you will be able to make use of additional features like content filtering, anti-phishing and child protection controls.
Change DNS Servers to Google or OpenDNS
Follow the steps below to change the DNS Servers on your Windows 10 computer to either Google or OpenDNS. The same procedure can be used to change the DNS servers to any other provider.
1. Right-click your mouse on the WiFi icon located at the bottom right corner of your screen. From the little menu that appears, click on Open Network and Sharing Center Option (See image below).
2. On the Network and Sharing Center Screen, click on the active Network Name for which you want to change the DNS Server.
3. On the next screen (WiFi Status), click on the Properties option (See image below)
Note: You maybe prompted to enter your Admin Password, in case you are not logged in with your Admin Account.
4. On the WiFi Properties screen, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on the Properties button (See image below).
5. On the next screen, first select the option for Use the following DNS Server addresses and then enter 126.96.36.199 in the box next to Preferred DNS Server and enter 188.8.131.52 in the box next to Alternate DNS server.
6. Click on OK to save the new DNS Server settings.
With these steps you have successfully changed the DNS Server on your Windows 10 computer to Google DNS. In case you want to use OpenDNS you need to type in 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11.