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Windows 7 & 8 Smarter DNS (Manual setup)

Last updated by Shayne M on May 25, 2013 20:29

If you do not wish to take advantage of our Windows DNS Switcher available in the Downloads section. The below instructions will guide you through the manual setup of switching your Windows DNS to our smarter DNS servers.

To take advantage of our SmarterDNS service you will need to make some adjustments to your networking settings. Heres how to make the required changes in a Windows 7 System:

Step 1

Open the Network & Sharing Center by either clicking on your network icon in the Notification Area and clicking  Open Network and Sharing Center (1), typing network in the start search box (2) or through the Control Panel (3).

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Step 2

Once Network & Sharing Center is open, in the left hand pane, click on Change adapter settings.

Step 3

Right click your network adapter and choose Properties (if you get a UAC prompt, accept).

In the following window, under “This connection uses the following items”, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.

Step 5

Under the General tab check the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button, and enter your SmarterDNS server address. You can get these addresses from the members area by clicking "servers" then "server information". Generally you want to pick the closest DNS server address to your actual physical location for the best performance.

Make sure that Validate settings upon exit is also checked and hit OK.


Return to default

Returning to default is as easy as changing the DNS address.  Repeat Step 1 – 4, in Step 5. Check the Obtain DNS server address automatically. Hit OK.