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Windows 7: How to Set-up a Static DNS IP Address?

11 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How to Set-up a Static DNS IP Address?

Hi All,

I need some help sorting out this mess.

System: Windows 7-64 bit (Home Premium)
Router: Asus RT-n66u (LAN connection)
connected to my ISP Modem.

I gather this is a problem with Windows (can't figure out global DNS).

How do I set-up a static DNS IP address? Are there open source addresses available?

I've read that it is best not to change the actual static IP address for my network card because it might create issues with DHCP.

Local Area Connections are currently set-up for "obtain an IP address automatically" and the same for the DNS server. DHCP is enabled.

Is it easier to change this in my router (DNS) and then leave Windows 7 alone?



Thanks, ms

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12 Nov 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

There are lots of free DNS servers on the Internet.

What problems are you having with your current DNS setting?
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12 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7/8 Pro 64bit
 
 

I just found this Link here wich not only shows you how to configure your routers DNS but also shows you how to get some additional safety from using "OpenDNS" servers wich can protect your network from some known malicious websites etc.

I would suggest you make your router work proper and not change your PC. If you add another device to your Network it would just work aswell without need to reconfigure that aswell.

Find a list of free public DNS Servers here.
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12 Nov 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MissSherlock View Post
Hi All,

I need some help sorting out this mess.

System: Windows 7-64 bit (Home Premium)
Router: Asus RT-n66u (LAN connection)
connected to my ISP Modem.

I gather this is a problem with Windows (can't figure out global DNS).

How do I set-up a static DNS IP address? Are there open source addresses available?

I've read that it is best not to change the actual static IP address for my network card because it might create issues with DHCP.

Local Area Connections are currently set-up for "obtain an IP address automatically" and the same for the DNS server. DHCP is enabled.

Is it easier to change this in my router (DNS) and then leave Windows 7 alone?



Thanks, ms
Yes it's easier and preferred to set up the DNS servers in the routers settings rather than going into the IPv4 properties and entering the DNS info there.

As for using static IP's. It's required that you use static IP's which are outside the DHCP's range of IP assignments in order to avoid any IP conflicts.
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12 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Frost, Usernameissues and chev65,

Thanks for the info.

Quote:
As for using static IP's. It's required that you use static IP's which are outside the DHCP's range of IP assignments in order to avoid any IP conflicts.
In this particular case, I just wanted to change the static DNS addresses rather than my IP. Does that still affect the DHCP's range. If so, what are the ranges?

Best, ms
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12 Nov 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

No the DNS settings don't really effect the DHCP's range.

The ranges are different depending on the router. The DHCP range is usually somewhere between these two numbers. 192.168.0.2-192.168.0.254

You can enter static DNS IP's in the IPv4 properties.
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12 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Chevy,

I'm finding things are getting more difficult rather than user-friendly with routers, etc.

This is a new router and lots of things are buried under various headings. I think on this router you have to input the primary and secondary DNS IP Addresses when you set-up the router. There doesn't appear to be any place where you can change these numbers within the general panel.

I called Asus Support are they were quite useless.

I'll have to keep checking myself online.

Best, ms
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12 Nov 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Yes just go to network connections via the Control Panel then right click properties then highlight IPv4 and click the properties button again.

I've typed in Google's DNS server's as an example, just hit Ok when you are done etc.


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12 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Chevy,

Thanks so much for the photoshots for Windows 7.

Do I need to also include this info on the router? I'm wondering if it would work on the router since my IP is dynamic?

Cheers, ms
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12 Nov 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MissSherlock View Post
Hi Chevy,

Thanks so much for the photoshots for Windows 7.

Do I need to also include this info on the router? I'm wondering if it would work on the router since my IP is dynamic?

Cheers, ms
For static DNS you only need to enter it where I showed in IPv4.

When the router handles the DNS then the ipconfig/all will show the router's default gateway IP as the DNS server.
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