Changin Your DNS Servers to OpenDNS

Introduction: Changin Your DNS Servers to OpenDNS

Recently the AOL servers have been a bit shoddy and haven't been working properly which has meant that some unfortunate souls, like myself, have been unable to access certain websites (mainly The way to fix this is to change the DNS servers you connect to away from the main AOL ones to openDNS servers instead at no cost whatsoever.

I take no responsibility for any mishaps etc. that may occur
I found this data on the web and i am simply putting it into an easily visible instructable format

Step 1: Open Control Panel

Open Control Panel and Click on 'Network and Internet Connections' (highlighted in red)

This bit shouldn't be too difficult

Step 2: Network Connections

Then click on ' Network Connections' (highlighted in red again)

Step 3: Sellecting Connection to Change

Right click on the connection you use to connect to the internet and select properties

If you dont know which one you use disable one and check if the internet still works
If it does then that's not the connection you want
If it stops working then that is the connection you want to change

Step 4: Selct TCP/IP

Select 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' (sometimes 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IPV4)') and click 'properties' (Don't uncheck the tick box - leave it alone)

Step 5: Use Custom DNS

Select 'Use the following DNS server addresses'

Step 6: Changin the DNS Servers

Enter these values:
As shown in the pic

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    5 Discussions


    12 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

    curious john
    curious john

    10 years ago on Introduction

     I just deleted a post I made suggesting using hosts file.  Found out hosts file is ignored if numerical address (like dns server) is used directly.  I thought my first solution worked cause the AOL nameserver started working much better for a while, amazing timing.  So no suggestions for windows users as hosts file solution doesnt work.

    I connect to my AOL account via Penggy and linux.  Penggy is a third party program that mimicks the connection the AOL software provides.  Alas its also no longer supported since AOL forced the French group of users that created it to take down their website some years ago.

     Was running into same situation of less than optimal AOL dns server.  Penggy only gives way to not automatically use the AOL dns server, doesnt give way that I have found to assign a nameserver directly.

    Little experimenting and found when Penggy connects it generates a new /etc/resolv.conf file with AOL nameserver like this: 

    # This file has been automaticly generated by penggy 
    # A backup of your old configuration has been made in /etc/resolv.peng 
    # It will be restored when connection is down 


    Then when Penggy closes it deletes this file and restores the old one. 

    I replaced the numerical nameserver address of AOL with numerical address of the OpenDNS server and saved it. Then changed setting in Penggy conf file to not set dns automatically. With it set this way it doesnt create a new resolv.conf file when it connects, just uses exisitng one if its in right format. 

    Killed Penggy and restarted. It uses the existing /etc/resolv.conf file, doesnt generate new one. Thus uses OpenDNS nameserver address that I edited in. 

    Sure there is a way to just make Penggy use whatever dns I want without all this manual editing, but so far havent figured it out, and this manual editing does work.

    I posted this in case some linux user runs into this problem as very little correct info on Penggy out there.  Few linux users of AOL!  Again this isnt going to help windoze users and I havent used windoze for so long that I am not going to speculate beyond saying....   I would guess that the official windoze  AOL bloatware creates a setting or file someplace with nameserver when it connects  and that file could be modified once set, possibly with a little script.

    AOL never designed anything to be easy to modify or bypass.  It was meant for people who never want to open the hood to see how things work underneath.  I only came to AOL because dialup is dieing and the smaller isps have started to limit hours significantly and drop connections more frequently.  AOL still doesnt complain if you stay on all day and rare for them to drop my connection.  Also before I signed up, checked and they now allow you to cancel your account easily and painlessly online without arguing with some guy in India with heavy accent.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Okay, that's what I was afraid of. I'm downloading an update to AOL with the AOL dialer app included... hopefully that will allow me too. I'm trying to use AnalogX's FastCache app and I'm beginning to think it's not possible. Which is lame, I love FastCache. Oh well.. Thanx for the prompt reply. :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    You say you used this method with AOL? I use the AOL software and cannot figure out how to change my DNS server to OpenDNS. When I click Properties for the AOL entry in Network Connections... nothing happens. Any ideas?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i dont use the aol software itself that probably interferes and tries to use its own dns servers