Are you still using your service provider’s DNS servers? If you’re on Comcast, you probably noticed their DNS servers completely died recently, taking down the internet—but anybody using the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS had no problems. Here’s how to set it up on your Mac OS X computer.
There’s lots of other reasons to use OpenDNS or Google DNS other than just their rock-solid reliability—they are often much faster than your ISP’s DNS server, and in the case of OpenDNS, there’s loads of extra features like content filtering, typo correction, anti-phishing, and child protection controls.
If you’re using Windows, be sure and check out some of our other articles on the subject:
- Speed Up Your Web Browsing with Google Public DNS
- Easily Add OpenDNS To Your Router
- Protect Your Kids Online Using Open DNS
Otherwise, keep reading for how to set it up on your Mac.
Switching Your DNS Server on Mac OS X
You’ll need to first head into the System Preferences…
Then click on the Network icon…
Then you’ll want to select your network card on the left—you’ll see in my example that I’ve got an AirPort card—and then select the Advanced button near the bottom right corner.
Once you’re there, switch over to the DNS tab, and you can start adding in DNS entries into the list. If you see entries that are grayed out, just ignore them, and click the + symbol at the bottom to add new ones.
Switching to Google DNS
If you want to use Google’s DNS servers, you can add the following two items to the list:
Switching to OpenDNS
If you’d rather use OpenDNS instead, which has lots of extra features, you can use the following two entries:
That’s pretty much all there is to it.
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- Published 12/17/10