OpenDNS provides Internet filtering services that can block access to web pages. If OpenDNS keeps you from accessing requested pages, you can change the DNS settings on your computer to connect to another DNS server. These servers translate addresses from web pages so your browser can connect to them. If you can not change your computer’s DNS settings, you can use Tor to bypass locks.
Changing the DNS Settings (Windows)
1. Click the start button and enter . ncpa.cpl on. Press and hold ⌅ Enter.
- OpenDNS changes the DNS settings in your router to redirect your requests. If you change the DNS settings in your operating system, these changes overwrite the DNS settings of your router and thus effectively bypass OpenDNS. This does not work if your router has been configured to block all DNS queries except OpenDNS on port 53.
2. Right-click on your active network connection. Select “Properties”.
- You may not be able to view this because you do not have admin rights.
3. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)” from the list. Click Properties
4. Select “Use the following DNS server addresses”. This allows you to specify alternate DNS addresses; These are servers that translate addresses of websites, so you can connect to them via a browser. Normally the DNS servers are set by your provider, but OpenDNS overwrites this in your router and uses its own servers.
5. Enter addresses for a public DNS server. There are several DNS servers that are publicly available. If you’re having trouble connecting yourself to one, try another. Make sure you enter both primary and secondary addresses.
6. Try to open a web page. If you changed the DNS settings, you should be able to connect to a blocked web page. If you change your DNS settings in Windows, this overwrites all the DNS settings in your router.
- If you can not connect, try it with a different DNS Provider.