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XB7 - able to set DNS server?

dbiss
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Is it possible to change DNS server settings with the XB7? I upgraded from a Hitron which I was able to custom set to the DNS server of my preference... but I am unable to figure out how to do this with the XB7...

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Unfortunately, DNS server settings cannot be modified. Th...

shaw-tony
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@dbiss wrote:

Is it possible to change DNS server settings with the XB7? I upgraded from a Hitron which I was able to custom set to the DNS server of my preference... but I am unable to figure out how to do this with the XB7...

Thanks!


 
Unfortunately, DNS server settings cannot be modified. These settings are managed automatically to help optimize your home network. You can view DNS server information in the advanced server settings https://bit.ly/3cqOJFD

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Unfortunately, DNS server settings cannot be modified. Th...

shaw-tony
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@dbiss wrote:

Is it possible to change DNS server settings with the XB7? I upgraded from a Hitron which I was able to custom set to the DNS server of my preference... but I am unable to figure out how to do this with the XB7...

Thanks!


 
Unfortunately, DNS server settings cannot be modified. These settings are managed automatically to help optimize your home network. You can view DNS server information in the advanced server settings https://bit.ly/3cqOJFD

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Thanks  ! I had thought that may be the case, but thank y...

dbiss
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Thanks @shaw-tony ! I had thought that may be the case, but thank you for confirming.

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Hey    Question for you... Is it potentially possible to...

dbiss
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Hey @shaw-tony   Question for you... Is it potentially possible to enable users to set their own DNS servers...? IE: if a customer chooses to not use the automatic default settings..

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--   Individually -- on each of your Windows computers --...

mdk
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@dbiss --   Individually -- on each of your Windows computers -- you can change the TCP/IP settings, to use your choice of DNS-server(s), rather than "automatically" obtaining the DNS-server information from the DHCP-server inside your cable-modem.  You can still use the IP-address & netmask & gateway IP-address that the DHCP-server provides.

 

 

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Thanks  . I understand this option but am hopeful of bein...

dbiss
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Thanks @mdk . I understand this option but am hopeful of being able to set it at the internet modem, as I had with my prior Hitron from Shaw. It’s much handier / preferred to be able to apply a universal setting there than on each device. I do appreciate the suggestion however. Thanks again.

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-- it has been mentioned in this forum that the programmi...

mdk
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@dbiss -- it has been mentioned in this forum that the programming inside the cable-modem is done by COMCAST, not by Shaw, putting Shaw at the "mercy" of Comcast to make software changes. An example is the removal of the ability to change some BlueCurve settings via the BlueCurve's web-server, e.g., "port-forwarding", thus requiring the user to download and use the app.

 

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Thanks for the insight  . I appreciate it!

dbiss
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Thanks for the insight @mdk . I appreciate it!

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Changing DNS on Windows devices doesn't solve problem

DRedl
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@mdk I'm not sure why, but I have seen this advice pop up a lot in the Shaw support forums. Yes, it is easy to adjust the DNS settings on a Windows computer. We have 5 of those. 2 Of which are laptops. We also have 8 Android devices where it is less easy to change the DNS settings. Furthermore, since the DNS server I want to set is hosted on one of the computers here and is only accessible from within our network, I would need to change the DNS settings on the laptops and Android devices every time they connect to a network elsewhere (including cell networks) and then again when they return home. I had a working solution with my Shaw modem before they "upgraded" me to BlueCurve and now there is no way for me to implement a solution without buying additional hardware and switching my modem to bridge mode. This is not a good customer experience.

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-- the DNS server I want to set is hosted on one of the c...

mdk
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@DRedl -- the DNS server I want to set is hosted on one of the computers here and is only accessible from within our network, I would need to change the DNS settings on the laptops and Android devices every time they connect to a network elsewhere (including cell networks) and then again when they return home.

Is it possible for you to set the IP-addresses of multiple DNS-servers on your laptop?

Put "10.0.0.xxx" as the first entry, using whatever "xxx" works on your local network. If your laptop is "at home", it will connect to your own DNS-server, because it is listed as the "primary" DNS-server, and it is the one that you trust the most.

Put "8.8.8.8" or "8.8.4.4" or "1.1.1.1" as the second entry. When your laptop is "on the road", DNS-requests to the first entry will "time-out", and Windows will automatically connect to the "secondary" DNS-server.  Of course, this avoids using the DNS-server(s) supplied by some DHCP-server when you connect to a "public" access-point, which might be a good thing!

 

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