How to change the DNS settings on a 100Fio-Networks Station-M5 router – Router Setup
What is the DNS setting on a Router
When you connect a router to the Internet it gets a few settings from your ISP automatically. One of the settings that the ISP sets in your router is the DNS setting. DNS stands for Domain Name System and it is used to convert Internet names into actual IP addresses. For instance, when you go to “google.com”, your are really connecting to an IP address that is mapped through DNS to a number such as:
This mapping happens automatically every time you visit any page on the Internet.
Why Change Your Router’s DNS Setting
Some ISPs choose to abuse the DNS system and map unknown names to servers that they control. This can be done in a way that you don’t know it is happening since your router is getting its DNS settings from your ISP. For instance, if you have one of these ISPs who is hijacking your DNS, and you try to surf the web to “some-random-site.com” and “some-random-site.com” does not exist, you might get a page back from your ISP with local advertisements on it.
By changing your DNS setting in your router you will effectively change the DNS setting for every computer on your network. This is because when a device is connected to your network your router automatically hands out its own DNS settings to that device. This way you can protect your entire network from ISP hijacking with just one setting.
What Should I Change My DNS To
When you change the DNS settings in your router, you usually have to enter a Primary and a Secondary setting. The secondary is only used if the primary can not be located. Here are common settings:
If you want to use Google Public DNS, use the following settings:
- Primary: 220.127.116.11
- Secondary: 18.104.22.168
If you want to use OpenDNS, use the following settings:
Login To The 100Fio-Networks Station-M5
To get started configuring the 100Fio-Networks Station-M5 DNS page you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the 100Fio-Networks Station-M5, follow our 100Fio-Networks Station-M5 Login Guide.
Change the DNS settings on a 100Fio-Networks Station-M5
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
At the top of this page there are six tabs. Click the choice, in black, labeled System. This opens a new line of choices, from this pick the one labeled WAN.
Configure the DNS section of your 100Fio-Networks Station-M5
You are now on the WAN Setup page of the 100Fio-Networks Station-M5. To change DNS, or Domain Name Service settings, follow these simple steps.
1. In the box labeled DNS put dot in the option labeled Specify DNS Server IP.
2. Enter the primary address of the DNS Server you have chosen in the box labeled Primary DNS. In the box labeled Secondary DNS enter the secondary DNS address of the Server you have chosen.
3. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
That’s all there is to it!
Possible Problems when Changing your DNS settings
Most devices on your network will not begin using the new DNS settings until they have been rebooted. After rebooting a device you can go to it’s network settings and verify that it is using the DNS servers that you specified.