OpenDNS is a quick, secure and free DNS alternative to your standard IPS’s DNS services. It is easy to setup and also has options for custom parental controls. I will describe how to set it up on your home network.

  1. If you want to use the advanced features available through OpenDNS then visit their site to sign up for a free account. If you just want the speed and security then you can jump to the next steps for setup.
  2. The  best way to setup OpenDNS is to login to your router.
  3. Open your web browser and enter the IP address that directs you to your router web interface.
  4. Common addresses for this are:,,
  5. Once you login with your administrator password you will see an interface similar to this Belkin Router example.


  6. Then you want to navigate to the DNS section as shown in the picture above.
  7. You will then see a page similar to this below.

  8. This page will be blank and may look different depending on the brand of the router you have.
  9. Next just deselect the “Automatic from ISP”  and then enter in the red numbers as shown. These are OpenDNS’s IP addresses which direct your internet traffic through their data centers.

Now your all setup and more secure than before.


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