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Using 3rd Party DNS

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DNS (Domain Name Service) translates the web address you type in a web browser into an IP address. This is to identify the website you’re visiting.

 

Why do I need DNS?

Basically, words and letters are easier for us to remember than lots of numbers. Just imagine you had to type 216.58.198.99 every time you wanted to visit Google, then having to remember a different set of numbers for every other website!

 

What DNS should I use?

We recommend you use TalkTalk DNS. If you do this, you’ll benefit from all the great features offered by our HomeSafe service. 

 

How do I get the TalkTalk DNS?

Your TalkTalk router comes setup with the TalkTalk DNS so, unless you change these settings, that’s what you’ll be using. Just remember, if you’ve changed any DNS settings on any computer or device you use, you'll have to change them back to benefit from our TalkTalk HomeSafe service.

In the Hub it's easy;

    1. Open your web browser, type http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press Enter
    2. Enter the username admin (in lower case) and password (you'll find this on the removable settings card on the back of the Hub, select OK
    3. Select See internet settings
    4. Select Manage advanced settings
    5. Select  TalkTalk WiFi Hub
    6. Select DNS Tab
    7. Make sure ON is enabled 
    8. Add Primary and Secondary DNS Servers
    9. Select Apply

 

This router will have the correct DNS settings and you won’t be able to change them.

 

To change the DNS settings in your router, follow these steps:

  1. Open your web browser, type http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press Enter
  2. For HG635 enter the username and password and click OK
    Note: The default username and password are both admin (in lower case)
  3. For HG633 Enter the username and password and click OK
    Note: The default username is admin (all in lower case). The password is on the back of the router and on the wireless card that came with the router.
  4. Choose Maintain
  5. Choose Internet Connection and then Edit
  6. Untick the Static DNS box  and then select Save

 

To change the DNS settings in your router, follow these steps:

  1. Open your web browser, type http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press Enter
  2. Enter the username and password and click OK
    Note: The default username and password are both admin (in lower case).
  3. Click Advanced to the left of the router home page. If a warning popup window appears, click OK 
  4. Basic LAN   DHCP server box then select  Submit

 

To change the DNS settings in your router, follow these steps:

  1. Open your web browser, type http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press Enter
  2. Enter the username and password and click OK
    Note: The default username and password are both admin (in lower case).
  3. Click Advanced to the left of the router home page. If a warning popup window appears, click OK
  4. Choose Advanced at the top of the screen then DNS setup to the left
  5. Make sure Obtain DNS server address automatically is selected then click Apply

 

Can I use another providers DNS?

Yes, you can use another DNS if you’d like to, but remember, this means any HomeSafe settings you have won’t work anymore. This includes Virus Alerts, Kid Safe filtering and Homework Time.

 

Not using a TalkTalk router?

If you're not using a TalkTalk router and you want to make sure you're using the TalkTalk DNS settings, you'll need to look at your instructions on how to change them. The DNS servers are; 

  • 79.79.79.79
  • 79.79.79.80

 

 

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