Frustrated with the Telstra DNS on your NBN Modem Router? In this tutorial, we show you how to change the DNS settings on your local computer and bypass the Telstra DNS servers. For faster internet access, secure browsing and better privacy tools, check out Google and Cloudflare public DNS.

This blog post is a transcript of the video below. Please watch the video and learn how to update your DNS servers from your desktop. This is useful when most Telstra modem/routers will prevent you from changing this information from the modem screens. Unfortunately, the only way is to update your local computer or device with the following process.

Changing Telstra DNS Video

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Video Transcription for Telstra DNS Video

If you own a Telstra NBN modem, one of the frustrations you’ll probably face is with the primary and secondary DNS servers under the DNS settings. The default value is locked and fixed by Telstra and you’re unable to change this information, but there are ways to update the primary and secondary DNS servers on your local computer to use free public DNS servers like Google DNS and Cloudflare.

These top two DNS providers are more secure and faster than the default Telstra DNS servers. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to bypass the modem servers and use the public servers on your local computer. We’re first going to go to our Windows icon. I’m going to search for view network connections. It will take you to the Network Connections screen. If you can’t find that menu, another way to find this screen is via the Control Panel. Click View network status and tasks, change adapter settings, and that will take you to the Network Connections screen as well. You’re going to look for your connection to your Telstra modem. So currently, I’m connected via WIFI. So, I’m going to select this one with the right-mouse button and click on Properties, and I’m going to look for the Internet Protocol IPv4.

Cloudflare Public DNS

By default, it’s ticked, so you want to click on Properties. From this screen, you want to use the following DNS server addresses. You want to select that and you want to add in your public DNS server address here. Now I prefer to use Cloudflare, so I’m going to use the Cloudflare address, which is 1.1.1.1 and the secondary is 1.0.0.1. I want to click OK. I want to go down to Internet Protocol IPv6, and you’re going to do the same thing, but this time, you’re putting the IPv6 address in. Click on Properties. We’re going to use the following DNS server addresses. The preferred DNS, I’m going to copy and paste from the Cloudflare website. And the alternate DNS server, I’m going to copy and paste that as well. The link will be down in the description below so you can copy and paste it as well. And I’m going to click OK.

Google Public DNS

Let’s say you wanted to use the Google DNS servers rather than Cloudflare, so we go back to the Internet Protocol IP 4, click Properties, and you want to change this to 8.8.8.8. The alternate to 8.8.4 and 4. You then head down to the IPv6 protocol and copy and paste the Google DNS servers for IPv6.
And that’s it, now you’re using the public DNS and you’re bypassing the Telstra DNS servers.

How to check via NSLOOKUP

So how do you know this is all working and it’s configured? As a simple check, you go back to your Start Windows icon. You’ll need your command prompt, so typing cmd. On the command prompt, enter nslookup and hit Enter. As you can see, my default server has changed to Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 and the IPv6 address has also updated to the Cloudflare address.

And that’s how you change the default DNS servers from Telstra to public DNS. As I mentioned, Cloudflare is just my personal preference for DNS. Google is just as good. From memory, Cloudflare had the fastest DNS with some incredible, free privacy tools, like no logging of DNS traffic and not save your IP address to a log. It’s the closest you will get to a free virtual private network. So Cloudflare or Google, let me know what your preference is in the comments.

Summary of Public DNS Servers

Cloudflare Public DNS
Primary: 1.1.1.1
Alternate: 1.0.0.1

iPv6 Servers
2606:4700:4700::1111
2606:4700:4700::1001

More Information: https://developers.cloudflare.com/1.1.1.1/setting-up-1.1.1.1/windows/

Google DNS Servers
Primary: 8.8.8.8
Alternate: 8.8.4.4

iPv6 Servers
2001:4860:4860::8888
2001:4860:4860::8844

More Information: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using

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