Installing an open firmware like DD-WRT, is like giving wings to your home network. You could actually do some pretty cool stuff with your router like monitoring your network in real time or making sure your neighbor doesn’t nick your Wi-Fi.
Well, what else?
That’s right, you can set up Smart DNS Proxy on your router and bypass all geo restrictions from streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Amazon Prime videos.
Today, let’s see how to set up Smart DNS Proxy on DD-WRT.
Before we begin, make sure you are connected to your DD-WRT router.
To access your router admin panel, open up your web browser, and in the url box type in the router’s IP address. If you are not sure what that is, open up your terminal and type in ipconfig /all (ifconfig for Mac users) and look for the value next to default gateway. That’s the router’s IP address. By default, DD-WRT uses 192.168.1.1 or 0.1, but you may have changed that during setup.
Once done, it’ll ask for the username and password, which you had set when you first set up the device. Type that in.
Once you log in, your DD-WRT interface will similar to mine. From here, look for a section where it says DNS Settings.
Select SETUP from the top tab and then select BASIC Setup below that.
Smart DNS Proxy has DNS servers all around the world that can improve DNS query speeds. In general, you’ll need to choose a DNS server as close to your physical location as possible. For this instance, say, if I’m in Canada, then I’ll choose two DNS servers from Canada and once you are done, save changes.
DD-WRT router supports up to three static DNS entries, but most DNS services provide only two DNS servers, so it should be fine.
Apply the Settings and reboot your router. To do this, navigate to the Administration tab and click the Reboot Router button at the bottom of the page.
Now, just as we did in all our previous Smart DNS Proxy setup videos, you need to LOGIN to your Smart DNS Proxy MyAccount section and activate your IP address.
If you haven’t already created an account, you can do it now, Smart DNS Proxy offers a 14-day free trial with no credit card required to sign up.
Once you log in, go to MyAccount section and make sure that you see 3 green ticks.
If your IP shows not active, simply click UPDATE IP button.
And that’s it, it should work now. Though, do remember most devices on your network will not begin using the new DNS settings unless you restart the device.
A good way to check if it’s working or not is by accessing the content that was previously unavailable. If it loads, then it’s working.
Well, that’s all for now; in our next video, we’ll see how to set up SDP on two other popular open firmware like tomato and openWRT. So, keep an eye out for that.
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