Comcast Internet is unreliable

Here's how to set up your Verizon FIOS router with OpenDNS or Google DNS

Are you still using your service provider's DNS? Server? You may have heard that Comcast's DNS servers are dying, taking the internet out of service for anyone who doesn't use the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS. Here's how to set it up on your Verizon FIOS router for every device on your network.

There are many other reasons why OpenDNS or Google DNS is not only completely reliable, it is often much faster than your ISP's DNS server. With OpenDNS there are numerous additional functions such as content filtering, spelling correction, phishing protection and parental control.

If you're using Windows, be sure to check out some of our other articles on the same topic:

  • Speed ​​up your web browsing with Google Public DNS
  • Easily add OpenDNS to your router
  • Protect your kids online with Open DNS

Otherwise, read on how to set it up on your router.

Set up OpenDNS or Google DNS for your Verizon FIOS router

If you've logged into your router and don't know the password, see our article on how to do a factory reset. Go to the My Network icon and click Network Connections in the left menu.

Once there you will see a list of connections - here it is important to choose the right one, e.g. B. broadband connection or the like. There should be green text next to it that says "Connected". Click the edit icon or just click the name to go to the edit screen.

When you're there, click the Settings button at the bottom of the page.

In the middle of the page there is now the drop-down menu "DNS server", which you would like to change to "Use the following DNS server addresses".

After changing the drop-down menu, the next step is to enter the DNS addresses. Make sure you click Apply after you finish each screen.

Switch to Google DNS

If you want to use Google's DNS servers, you can add the following two items to the list:

Switch to OpenDNS

If you want to use OpenDNS with a lot of additional features instead, you can use the following two entries:


After entering the new DNS server addresses, you must disconnect and reconnect all devices for the change to take effect. You may also notice that some devices still show as one of the DNS server addresses. However, this should be properly redirected to the other DNS server.