Checking the DNS Servers on a Linksys router

Domain Name System (DNS) is an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses.  For example, the domain name will have a DNS server address that is equivalent to

Checking the DNS is useful when:

•     Assigning the computer a static IP address
•     Checking Internet connectivity
•     Setting up your gaming console (Xbox® or PlayStation®3)
•     Setting up a router with a Static IP account

There are two (2) ways to check DNS servers:
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router
Classic Linksys Router

Classic Linksys router

To check the DNS servers from a classic Linksys router, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.  If you are using a Mac® computer to access the router's web-based setup page, click here.

Step 2:
Click Status.

Step 3:
Take note of DNS 1, 2 and/or 3.  These are the DNS server addresses that the router is getting from the modem.  To verify if the DNS server addresses appearing on your router are valid, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP)

QUICK TIP:  Getting valid DNS server addresses is one of the ways to check if your Internet is working.

You can now use the DNS server addresses to either set up a static IP address on your computer or configure the settings of your gaming console.

QUICK TIP:  If your ISP require you to manually enter an Internet IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS on the router to have Internet access, you can click here for instructions on how to configure it properly.

Related Articles:

Setting up an Xbox 360® behind a Linksys router
Assigning a static IP address on a wired computer
Assigning static IP address on a wireless computer

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