Changed MacBook Pro OSX Settings to Use OpenDNS

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Recently, I have been getting a “Firefox can’t find the server at …” while surfing the net. I recognized this as a DNS problem, as I used to get that message on some of my PCs. On my PCs, I switched to using OpenDNS years ago, and that solved the problem. I don’t know why this problem just started on my MacBook Pro, but I decided to do the same thing.

It is really easy. Just :

Open the System Preferences Go to Network Click on Advanced…(In the bottom right hand corner) Click on DNS

On the left hand bottom side of the screen, click on the + that is located under DNS Servers:

Then, add two ip addresses for OpenDNS. I added

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

and that’s it!

A nice example of this process, with visual images as guides can be found at the link below:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/38793/how-to-switch-mac-os-x-to-use-opendns-or-google-dns/

I had read that the best solution for your whole network is to change your router to use OpenDNS, but since I will have a different router when Google Fiber is installed, I decided not to investigate that option for now. I am currently using the Netgear DG834G Wireless Modem Router.

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