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Where do I change my Primary-Secondary DNS servers?"Use these DNS SERVERS" Nighthawk R7000P

I am sorry but I am old and slow. I want to change my Primary-Secondary DNS on my Nighthawk 7000P Rounter. But I swear after I have logged in to my router with my password, I can not find this on Basic or Advanced settings. Called myself ckicking on all links but do not see "Use these DNS SERVERS" as I saw someone else talking about. Someone please tell me how to to find where to change the DNS Servers on this Netgear R7000P router. I have Windows 10 Home 1709, and have checked for the latest firmware and I get the "You have latest firmware" message.

 

Thank you in advance. 

Minusten

Model: R7000P|Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO
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Re: Where do I change my Primary-Secondary DNS servers?"Use these DNS SERVERS" Nighthawk

> [...] I want to change my Primary-Secondary DNS on my Nighthawk 7000P
>Rounter. But I swear after I have logged in to my router with my
>password, I can not find this on Basic or Advanced settings. [...]

   The R7000P User Manual says: BASIC > Internet : Domain Name Server
(DNS) Address : Use These DNS Servers.

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and
look for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "Use These DNS
Servers".

> [...] I get the "You have latest firmware" message.

   An actual version number would be more useful than your (or
Netgear's) opinion of what's "the latest" today.

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Re: Where do I change my Primary-Secondary DNS servers?"Use these DNS SERVERS" Nighthawk

Hi minusten, 

 

We’d greatly appreciate hearing your feedback letting us know if the information antinode provided has helped resolve your issue or if you need further assistance.

 

Regards, 
Blanca 
Community Team

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Bianca,

 

I am such an embarrassed senior dummy that I can not locate Antinode's most recent reply to my problem. How do I find it? And please tell me how does the "Kudos" work?

 

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Re: Where do I change my Primary-Secondary DNS servers?"Use these DNS SERVERS" Nighthawk

 

I am sorry, but I tried to Post a reply to Antinode with a screen capture that the "Internet under Advanced" is grayed out  on my Router. I downloaded the .pdf manual and searched for the change DNS servers (p. 108 of manual?). Again my firmware version is 130.20_10.11. Evidently my reply was not posted. So I am trying again.

 

Being old and slow is horrible. I apologize to Antinode and to the community for my failure to understand how the community Posing and Rplying and Kudos work.

 

RThe R7000P User Manual says: BASIC > Internet : Domain Name Server
(DNS) Address : Use These DNS Servers.

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and
look for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "Use These DNS
Servers".

Model: R7000P|Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO
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Hi minusten, 

 

Thank you for the update. How did you setup the router? Is it router mode or access point mode? If the Internet setup option is grayed out then the router could be setup as access point. Please describe as well your network setup (modem, router, devices connected). 

 

Regards, 
Blanca 
Community Team

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The setting is set to AP. I don't remember making that selection as I would not know that AP was for Access Point. Router is not selected as you suggest evidently by default????

Will I cause any changes in my IP addresses if I change the checkmark from AP to Router? I have tried to attach a screen shot of this. I am trying to attach it in "Choose File" below. Thank you all for your patience and kindness. Again I apologize for being such a senior dummy.

 

Thank You All,

 

Larry

Model: R7000P|Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO
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I have 4-5 computers, 2 iphones, 2 ipads, and 6 IP (PoE) video cameras connected to my R7000P and evidently using the AP instead of the Router mode. I hate to keep asking, but is there a link somewhere that will tell me how to change all of my device IPs if I change from AP to Router? Or can I just place a check mark for the Router. Could you see my screen capture?

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> [...] How did you setup the router? Is it router mode or access point
> mode? [...]

   As the attached picture showed, it's in "AP Mode" ("Operation Mode:
Access Point").


> The setting is set to AP. I don't remember making that selection as I
> would not know that AP was for Access Point.

   Who configured this stuff?  (Someone should have taken (or left) more
notes.)

> [...] Will I cause any changes in my IP addresses if I change the
> checkmark from AP to Router?

   There may be a very good reason for the R7000P to be configured as a
wireless access point.  To what is the R7000P WAN/Internet port
connected?  If the R7000P is fed from another (modem+)router, then "AP
Mode" may be exactly what you want.

> [...] Again my firmware version is 130.20_10.11. [...]

   That's not a real firmware version number.  Copy+paste is your
friend.  "V1.3.0.20_10.1.1" looks like a possibility, however, and the
latest seems to be "V1.3.1.26_10.1.3".

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Downloads.  Under Firmware and Software Downloads, look for "View
Previous Versions".  Find the kit(s).  Download the kit(s) you want.
Read the "Release Notes" file for instructions.

> I have 4-5 computers, 2 iphones, 2 ipads, [...]

   If you had multiple devices connected to an R7000P which was
configured as a WAP, then you almost certainly have another router
feeding the R7000P-as-WAP, and on _that_ router is where you'd make any
changes to your DNS servers.

> I hate to keep asking, but is there a link somewhere that will tell me
> how to change all of my device IPs if I change from AP to Router?

   First, don't do that (without a very good reason).  Presumably, all
your devices have been getting their IP addresses from (the DHCP server
on) your (undisclosed) (modem+)router (whatever it might be).  In "AP
Mode", your R7000P-as-WAP is too stupid to have any effect on those
addresses.  It's also too stupid to have any effect on the DNS servers
being used.  It's just smart enough to connect your devices to your
(undisclosed) (modem+)router, which must be doing all that work.  All of
which seems to have been fine.

   If you want to play with your DNS servers, then you'll need to figure
out how to talk to your (undisclosed) (modem+)router, because that's
what deals with DNS (not your R7000P-as-WAP).

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Master Antinode,

Again thank you for your patience and trying to help one who has a little dementia. I live in a small town and my pcs are about my only hobby/entertatinment.

 

 To what is the R7000P WAN/Internet port
connected?  If the R7000P is fed from another (modem+)router, then "AP
Mode" may be exactly what you want.

 

My R7000P is fed from a twelve year old BellSouth Westel (Wind River) DSL Modem. Some years ago I found how to get to my personal modem settings and saw that there were DSN settings listed there. But it appeared then that I had to have their permission to chang any of my settings there. Now I can not find my notes for the url to look at it again. So maybe I can not change those because Bell South is controlling these DNS Settings?

 

All of my pcs are slow to load web pages. I have cleaned and scrubbed them and don’t think I have any viruses, malware, or corrupt files. My old brain thinks that I could use a faster DNS. Can’t I change the DNS on them individually/manually by going to my network adapters, clicking “Properties,” then Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Ipv4), Then Select “Use the following DNS Server Addresses,” and enter a “Preferred DNS Server (like Google’s 8.8.8.8) and Alternate DNS server (Google 8.8.4.4)?

I have saved the below from a forum some time ago:

 

If you are going to enter DNS servers manually, do it where it matters and where you only have to do it once - in the network configuration for your ethernet card, not in the router.

 

I did find another firmware number when I entered the netgear url into my browser. It is 

 

Firmware Version 
V1.3.1.26_10.1.3

 

Also I found a Netgear article below.

 

 

https://kb.netgear.com/29886/How-to-reconfigure-your-router-from-Access-Point-mode-to-default-router...

 

I will leave the AP on my router set as it is per your advice. But can I change some of my pc network adapters to new DNS severs where my pc pages won’t so so slow?

 

Most Grateful,

 

Larry

 

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> My R7000P is fed from a twelve year old BellSouth Westel (Wind River)
> DSL Modem. [...]

   An actual model number would be more useful than a vague description.

> [...] So maybe I can not change those because Bell South is
> controlling these DNS Settings?

   Sounds unlikely, but I know nothing about your old "DSL Modem" (which
is probably a DSL modem+router).

> All of my pcs are slow to load web pages. [...] My old brain thinks
> that I could use a faster DNS. [...]

   Define "slow".  I would not bet that DNS is the problem.  A DNS
look-up is done once for each server.  It can be slow, but many other
potential problems can cause more slowness.

> [...] Can't I change the DNS on them [...]

   Yes, and that would be a good test to see if DNS is the problem,
before attacking your router.

> If you are going to enter DNS servers manually, do it where it matters
> and where you only have to do it once - in the network configuration for
> your ethernet card, not in the router.

   That sounds backward to me.  If you do it in the router, then you do
it once for all your computers.  If you do it for one computer, you've
done it for one computer.  As a test, that makes some sense.  If the
test shows that different DNS servers work better, would you rather
change the DNS servers once, in the router, or once in every computer?

> [...] But can I change some of my pc network adapters to new DNS
> severs where my pc pages won't so so slow?

   I'd change one computer and see if it helps.  Then I'd change it
back, and see if gets worse again.  If it does, _then_ I'd look into
changing the router's DNS configuration.  (Whatever the router actually
is.)

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Master Antinode,

 

I have a long reply that exceeds the number of letters that I can add to a reply here. How else can I send you this long message. I am not very familiar with the rules and "How-To's" here.

 

Larry

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> I have a long reply that exceeds the number of letters that I can add
> to a reply here. How else can I send you this long message. [...]

   I don't know.  Post it in pieces?

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