DNS or Domain Name System is like an online directory/server for computers that helps them connect the Internet by finding and matching machine-readable IPv4 and IPv6 (IP) addresses with a human-readable format or domain names (for example, the domain name www.google.com has the IP 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52).
However, many times the default DNS server provided by your ISP can cause noticeable slowdowns when loading websites, requiring you to step in and change your router’s DNS server to something like 184.108.40.206, 1.0 .0.1 (Cloudflare DNS) or 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 (Google public DNS).
That said, if you want to use these DNS settings on any other network outside of your home, you’ll need to configure it manually in Windows 11 and here’s a step-by-step guide that explains how you too can do it:
- Go to Begin and type “Show Network Connections”, then open the first search result. This opens a control panel window.
- In the new control panel window that appears select Wi-Fi or Ethernet depending on the type of network you are using.
- Once selected, right click above and select Properties from the context menu. This opens a new Wi-Fi Properties window.
- In the Wi-Fi Properties window, click “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” followed by “Properties”.
- In the new Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, click “Use the following DNS server address” instead of Obtain DNS server address automatically.
- Once activated, enter both preferred DNS and alternate server which in this case is 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 (Cloudflare DNS) then click “OK”. Alternatively, if you don’t care about speed and want to block ads, you can do so by typing 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 (AdGuard DNS) instead of CloudFlare DNS.
That’s about it, now you can enjoy a fast and ad-free Internet browsing experience on your Windows 11 PC or laptop, no matter what network you connect it to.