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DNS servers

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NordVPN native applications automatically use our NordVPN DNS servers when connected to NordVPN. This is done to prevent DNS leaks when connected, ensuring that your DNS requests are safe.

NordVPN DNS server addresses are: 162.242.211.137 and 78.46.223.24

That said, you may wish to manually configure your device to use our DNS servers, in cases where you are not using a NordVPN application to connect, or if it fails to correctly set them automatically. Alternatively, you may wish to use other preferred DNS servers.

Please review relevant tutorials on how to manually set DNS servers for your device below:

Windows

NordVPN application settings

You can set the NordVPN application to use specific custom DNS servers - it's located in Settings, under Advanced settings, at the very bottom. Simply add the DNS addresses you wish to use, and enable the Custom DNS option.

System settings

You can also manually configure the DNS servers in your Windows settings. Here are the steps:

  • 1. Open the Network and Sharing Center by right-clicking the network icon in the system tray and selecting it.

     

  • 2. Go into Change adapter settings.

     

  • 3. Right-click the TAP adapter, and open Properties.

     

  • 4. Highlight the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and open its properties.

     

  • 5. Select Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter any DNS servers that you wish to use.

     

  • 6. Do steps 3-5 for your physical network adapter as well, which will be called Ethernet or Wi-Fi (whichever one you use).

     

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Mac

NordVPN application settings

You can set the NordVPN application to use specific custom DNS servers - it's located in Advanced settings, at the very bottom. Simply add the DNS addresses you wish to use, and enable the Custom DNS option.

 

System settings

You can also manually configure the DNS servers in your Windows settings. Here are the steps:

  • 1. Go to System Preferences, then Network.

     

  • 2. Select the network interface you are using, and click Advanced...

     

  • 3. Open the DNS tab, and click the + button at the bottom to add the DNS addresses you wish to use.

     

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Linux

If you are using Linux, open the terminal and type in:

su

You will be asked for your root password, please type it in and press enter

rm -r /etc/resolv.conf

nano /etc/resolv.conf

When the text editor opens, please type in these lines:

nameserver 78.46.223.24

nameserver 162.242.211.137

Now you have to close and save the file, you can do that by clicking `Ctrl + X` and pressing `Y`. Then please continue typing in the terminal:

chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

reboot now

That is it. Your computer will reboot and everything should work correctly. If you will ever need to change your DNS addresses, please open the terminal and type in the following:

su

You will be asked for your root password, please type it in and press enter

chattr -i /etc/resolv.conf

nano /etc/resolv.conf

Change DNS addresses, save and close the file.

chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

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Router

Each router has a different administrative panel, so the specific setup on each router will be different. However, you can usually find a DNS servers or DNS addresses setting in the WAN, Internet, or Basic setup.

These changes are made in the web configuration panel of your router. You can access it by visiting the local IP of your router from your web browser. The two most common, default local IPs that most routers have are 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 – you can access these by opening http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 in your browser. The default IP, username and password are listed in your router’s User Manual.

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