Using OpenNIC means changing your DNS settings to use one of the many public Tier-2 servers on offer. Changing your DNS settings can seem daunting at first if you have not done it before. After you have changed your DNS settings a few times you will see it is easier then it seemed and soon you’ll be teaching others! To help you ease into your DNS settings, there are two rules you must always remember.
- Always choose at least two DNS servers (from here)
- Ensure the DNS servers are not in the same location or hosted by the same administrator
Following these simple rules, you’ll avoid losing DNS when one server goes down. Luckily we are here to help even more than the two golden rules above. Below we have a list of guides which explain to you how to change your DNS settings on a variety of Operating Systems and appliances.
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- How to change DNS Servers in Windows 7
- How to change DNS Servers in Windows XP/Vista
- How to change DNS Servers on a Mac
- How to change DNS Servers in Ubuntu Linux
- How to configure a PPPoE Internet connection on a Debian box
- How to change DNS Servers with DD-WRT
For further information, you might also be interested in these links:
- https://servers.opennicproject.org/ — View the entire list of public servers and see more detailed information about each
- http://report.opennicproject.org/ — Check here for server outages, historical information, and global maps
- https://api.opennicproject.org/geoip/?help — There are a number of options available for obtaining lists of recommended servers near you
Note that a number of public servers are marked as “whitelisting”. These servers are not open for general public use, but rather require you to register your IP address with OpenNIC. These servers will have lower traffic and fewer problems with DDoS attacks, allowing for greater reliability. You can find more information about this service on our wiki page.