DNS 8.8.8.8 from Google: what is it and how to register it?

Network and Internet

DNS-8.8.8.8 Good afternoon.

Many users, especially those who have been using a computer for several days, have at least once heard about the abbreviation DNS (in this case, we are not talking about a computer hardware store :)).

So, in case of problems with the Internet (for example, Internet pages open for a long time), those users who are more experienced say that: 'the problem is most likely related to DNS, try changing it to DNS from Google 8.8.8.8 …' . Usually, after this there is even greater misunderstanding …

In this article, I want to dwell on this issue in more detail, and to analyze the most basic issues related to this abbreviation. So…

DNS 8.8.8.8 – what is it and why is it needed?

Attention, later in the article, some terms have been changed for easier understanding …

All sites that you open in your browser are physically stored on some computer (called a server) that has its own IP address. But when accessing the site, we do not enter the IP address, but a very specific domain name (for example, https://pcpro100.info/). So how, then, does the computer find the correct IP address of the server on which the site that we open is located?

It's simple: thanks to DNS, the browser receives information about the correspondence of a domain name to an IP address. Thus, a lot depends on the DNS server, for example, the speed of loading web pages. The more reliable and faster the DNS server is, the faster and more comfortable your work at a computer on the Internet.

What about the DNS provider?

The DNS provider through which you access the Internet is not as fast and reliable as the DNS from Google (even large Internet providers sin by dropping their DNS servers, let alone smaller ones). In addition, the speed of work of many leaves much to be desired.

Google Public DNS provides the following public server addresses for DNS queries:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4. 4

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Google warns that its DNS will only be used to speed up page loading. Users' IP addresses will be stored in the database for only 48 hours; the company will not store personal data (for example, the user's physical address) anywhere. The company pursues only the most beneficial goals: to increase the speed of work and obtain the necessary information to improve those. service.

Let's hope that's the case?

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How to register DNS 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 – step by step instructions

Now let's look at how to register the necessary DNS on a computer running OS Windows 7, 8, 10 (in XP it is the same, but I will not provide screenshots …).

STEP 1

Open the OS control panel Windows at: Control Panel \ Network and Internet \ Network and Sharing Center

Alternatively, you can simply right-click on the network icon and select the 'Network and Sharing Center' link (see Figure 1).

Figure:  1. Go to the network control center

Figure: 1. Go to the network control center

STEP 2

On the left, open the link 'Change adapter settings' (see Fig. 2).

Figure:  2. Network and Sharing Center

Figure: 2. Network and Sharing Center

STEP 3

Next, you need to select a network connection (for which you want to change DNS, through which you have access to the Internet) and go to its properties (right-click on the connection, then select 'properties' from the menu).

Figure:  3. Connection properties

Figure: 3. Connection properties

STEP 4

Then you need to go to the properties of IP version 4 (TCP / IPv4) – see fig. 4.

Figure:  4. Properties

Figure: 4. Properties of IP version 4

STEP 5

Next, switch the slider to the 'Get the following DNS server addresses' position and enter:

  • Preferred DNS Server: 8.8.8.8
  • Alternative DNS server: 8.8.4.4 (see Fig. 5).

Figure:  5. DNS 8.8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

Figure: 5. DNS 8.8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

Then save the settings by clicking the 'OK' button.

Thus, you can now enjoy the high speed and reliability of Google's DNS servers.

All the best ?

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