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How to: Google Public DNS on a Mac and AirPort

Google has announced their own public DNS server which will be available for everyone on the Internet. Google’s main goal is to increase the speed of web browsing for users and is a good alternative to OpenDNS.

I have faced many problems with STC‘s DNS servers and many Saudi users are complaining from Go‘s DNS as well. So it’s a good idea to change the DNS server in your Mac and AirPort devices (AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, Time Capsule).


How to setup Google Public DNS on a Mac

Launch System Preferences, choose Network, choose the connection you are using for the internet (WiFi is usually AirPort, LAN is usually Ethernet). Click Advanced. Click the DNS tab. Remove older DNS servers from the left if there is any (press the minus button). Add and by pressing the plus button. Press OK then Apply.


How to setup Google Public DNS on AirPort

Launch AirPort Utility, choose the device you want to change the settings of. Click Manual Setup. You might need to enter the password here. Click Internet tab. Change the DNS Server(s) fields, enter and Click Update. Click Continue and the device will restart with the new settings.


Arabic version on SaudiMac.net.

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  1. Thanks for the info. I am using Jawalnet wireless modem and Im existing DNS looks like this;
    Im unable to highlight or remove Please advise.

  2. Hi Sameer,

    You’ll have to double click the default DNS (
    Then type the one in the article.

    Also I believe in OS X if you change the DNS in the Ethernet it’ll take effect for all of your connections.
    Try it if AirPort doesn’t work for you.. 🙂

  3. Cool.. I’ll try it tonight inshallah..

    I’ve been having many problems with GO, let’s see if this can eliminate part of them.


  4. me too! I’m having a lot of issues with GO 🙁
    I’ll try it when I’m home..

  5. Sending a sincere virtual hug your way Khaled.. I can use the iTunes apps store now 🙂

  6. I’m having alot of issues with GO too. My main one is that I have no problems browsing but I can not browse any webpage that requires a password. for example my bank website, hotmail, or windows live messenger. it only happens on MAC OS X but not windows XP. I tried to do the DNS thing but still not working and I can not delete the default DNS. please please help me..

  7. To follow up.. I can open hotmail.com but after i type my email and passowrd and press log in it loads for some time and then gives the server bussy message. i switched my connection to the DSL and i could open my email without any problems
    really really confused!!

  8. does GO require a proxy, from advanced settings? it sounds like a proxy issue, and if you don’t have anything set for the https that will prevent access to all secure sites e.g. hotmail / bank etc. this would only be an issue if you have some proxy settings enabled for http, if it’s blank then it is something else.


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