So after last nights issue I changed my DNS settings to 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 and got it back online.
Seems like the issue has been fixed, so should I undo this now? I guess the question I'm asking is do I let the router auto designate or keep it these, or even change to another?
I don't fully understand DNS if I'm honest.
Fixed! Go to the fix.
The job of DNS is to convert a domain name to an IP address and vise versa.
Every time you call something by a domain name (a single webpage might do this several times) the DNS service is called to do the conversion and get your traffic heading in the right direction.
The advantages of using an ISPs DNS servers is that they should be "closer" to you and so it would be quicker to get a response from them. Last nights issue was that 2 of Plusnets DNS servers stopped doing that for an hour or 2.
The advantage of using a Third Parties DNS Server like CloudFlare's (22.214.171.124) or Googles (126.96.36.199) is that they often offer other services such as content blocking (porn, gambling etc...) and ad blocking (stopping some of the advert popups) and such like.
Really the call is yours as to if you switch back or not. Hopefully Plusnet's issue from last night is fixed and whatever the cause of it has been mitigated against. Issues like that are rare but could potentially happen to any of the services.
Re: Preferred DNS Router Settings?
14-09-2023 2:26 PM - edited 14-09-2023 2:27 PM
Many people use DNS servers from two (or more) third party services instead of all from one service, which gives more resilience from the effects of just one service failing.
e.g. from the examples given above, you could set your Primary DNS to Cloudfare and Secondary DNS to Google.