DNS problems

My ISP is branded AOL (but now they’re owned by Talk Talk).  Of late I’ve had a fwe problems accessing some websites and at the same time I’ve changed my home router.  All my fault I thought, so I changed my router back to the old one to get me up and running properly.

I was still having some problems, and then discovered that no email had been read for a day.  I check the servers through my work VPN and they were ok.  I checked them from my home pc.. not available.  I could however PING the ip address successfully.  That meant DNS problems, so I’m blaming my ISP.

To get around the problem I’m using OpenDNS servers and have set them up on my router so as not to have to change all device settings.

Link to instructions here : Computer World OpenDNS instructions.

Note : OpenDNS : DNS settings are:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

Update : I’ve now made the move to BT Infinity and have a Home Hub 3.0 which doesn’t give you the option of changing the DNS settings!  Cmon BT.  Stop trying to tie us to your products.  I want to use OpenDNS which is way better than you’re Parental solutions..

Dave Walker
Dave Walker is a middle aged programmer living in North Yorkshire, who loves music and is constantly restarting fitness regimes with a bit of football, cycling, swimming & jogging.

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