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The default DNS server used by your ISP can be slow, or block access to certain content. By changing your DNS, you can get better speeds. This helps a lot when you are using a VPN for BBC iPlayer. Connecting to UK servers to access BBC iPlayer will slow you down because you are connecting to another country. This will also free you from any ISP blocks and allow you to easily manage your own blacklist of websites. But be careful to stick with OpenDNS or Google Public DNS.
Domain Name Systems (DNS) is how your computer understands website addresses. Humans recognize domain names like Google.com while DNS recognizes the IP address 220.127.116.11. DNS servers do the work of translating the IP addresses to readable domain names. Typing “google.com” into a web browser sends a query to your DNS server to match that domain name with its IP address. It then connects you to that address and shows you the domain name you typed in.
Why Change your DNS Settings for VPN for BBC iPlayer
The main danger of using your ISP’s default DNS server is slow speeds and website blocks. Your ISP has control over the DNS server that you are using to query website IP addresses. First, this means that all or most of the people subscribed to your ISP are using that DNS server. That’s a lot of traffic. Second, this means that your ISP can block whatever IP addresses they want. This also makes it much easier for them to monitor your activities and bandwidth usage.
When you are using a VPN for BBC iPlayer, you will experience a necessary slow down on your connection. You are communicating through a VPN server in the UK, so think of it as additional travel time. To make up for this, you will need the extra speed afforded by using OpenDNS or Google Public DNS. This also provides a backup to your VPN when changing servers or disconnecting. It can circumvent any local website blocks that your ISP has set up through their DNS server.
Why use OpenDNS or Google Public DNS
The danger of using third party DNS servers is that you may not be able to trust them. Many online criminals set up their own DNS servers as a way to redirect users to malicious websites. Many of these copy popular websites like Facebook and YouTube so they can infect and scam users without the users knowing it. OpenDNS and Google Public DNS are recommended safe servers. Also, keep your antivirus software updated and pay attention to HTTPS messages so you can avoid being connected to a malicious DNS server.
Both OpenDNS and Google Public DNS have a large cache of websites. This helps to speed up your connection because your computer doesn’t have to query the DNS server every time it visits a website that you frequent. But know that Google will probably track you if you are on their DNS server. OpenDNS however has the additional advantage of allowing users to set up their own content filters. This is very useful for blocking unwanted connections for family safety. For example, users can prevent their computers from accessing known malicious websites or pornographic websites.
Changing DNS Settings
To change your DNS server, simply go to the Network and Sharing Center from your Control Panel or by right-clicking your network status notification icon. Open “Change adapter settings” found to the left and locate your main connection. Right-click that and open “Properties”. Scroll down the window that opens to find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)” and click “Properties”. In that window, select “Use the following DNS server addresses:” and type in the set of IP addresses for either Open DNS (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124) or Google Public DNS (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52).