How to Change settings of DNS Server in Mac OS X

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Having appropriate DNS settings is essential for a Mac to be able to successfully access internet domains or a remote server. DNS, which stands for Domain Name Server, essentially translates numerical IP addresses to the readable domains that most internet users are familiar with, and thus without properly functioning DNS servers you often will encounter DNS lookup errors, or slower than expected access.

Many internet users offers their own DNS servers and most Macs will use DNS from DHCP or WiFi router, Mac users sometimes wish to change DNS settings themselves to custom, Mac users sometimes wish to change DNS settings themselves to custom servers, perhaps for better performance, or for troubleshooting purposes. Here let us see how to add, edit and adjust DNS server settings in Mac OS X by following the steps given below:

How to add, edit and adjust DNS server settings in Mac OS X :

  • Initially launch Apple menu and tap on the system preferences.
  • Select the Network control panel, select your network interface from the left side and then click the “Advanced” button in the lower right corner of the Network window.
  • Choose the “DNS” tab at the top of the screen
  • To add a new DNS server: click on the plus button
  • To edit an existing DNS server: click twice on the DNS IP address you wish to change.
  • To remove a DNS server: select a DNS server IP address and then click either the minus button or hit the delete key.
  • When finished making changes to the DNS settings, click on the “OK” button.
  • Now click on “Apply” for the DNS changes to take effect, close out of System Preferences as usual.

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