Changing DNS - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 and Drexel DNS

Introduction

Setting your primary DNS Directory look-up address on your computer or router can often speed up your internet access, and resolve weird or annoying issues you experience with websites or your internet connection.

And it's simple to do -- if you have some familiarity with your router/modem.

Warning!

We cannot assist with any changes to your modem or router, so if you are not confident or comfortable making those changes on your own, or fixing issues that arise from doing so, you should not attempt them. You bear the blame for any accidental or unknowing or error-derived damage or losses in anyway by following the instructions below.

Windows Config - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

  1. Click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Change Adapter Settings.
  4. Right-click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
  6. Click Properties.
  7. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
    Recommended: TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR SETTINGS (in case of issues).
  8. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
  9. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:
    • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
  10. Click OK, then Close.
  11. Restart your browser.
  12. You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers 

MacOS Config - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Search for DNS Servers and select it from the drop-down.
  3. TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR SETTINGS (in case of issues).
  4. Click the + button to add a DNS Server and enter 1.1.1.1
  5. Click + again and enter 1.0.0.1 (This is for redundancy.)
  6. Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 (This is for redundancy.)
  7. Click + again and enter 2606:4700:4700::1001 (This is for redundancy.)
  8. Click Ok, then click Apply.

Do NOT Need to Install Warp or Other Apps

We do not recommend downloading the Cloudflare-related apps.

It just adds a non-Drexel VPN, and other software and settings that can be confusing or lead to other issues.

Android Config - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

For Android 9+ and above (though free to try on whatever).

Follow these steps to configure your device to use 1.1.1.1.

  1. Go to Settings → Network & internet → Advanced → Private DNS.
  2. Select the Private DNS provider hostname option.
  3. TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR SETTINGS (in case of issues).
  4. Enter one.one.one.one or 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com & tap Save.
  5. Visit 1.1.1.1/help & make sure all Connectivity to Resolver IP Addresses is set.

iPad/iPhone/iOS/iPadOS Config - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

  1. Tap gears app/icon or Settings icon (usually on Home screen).
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap circled i icon next to connected Wi-Fi network (or any listed Wi-Fi).
  4. Tap "Configure DNS."
  5. TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR SETTINGS (in case of issues).
  6. Tap "Manual" > "Add Server."
  7. Tap"Add Server" to add a DNS Server & enter 1.1.1.1
  8. Tap "Add Server" to add a DNS Server & enter 1.0.0.1 (This is for redundancy.)
  9. Tap "Add Server" to add a DNS Server & enter 2606:4700:4700::1111 (This is for redundancy.)
  10. Tap "Add Server" to add a DNS Server & enter 2606:4700:4700::1001 (This is for redundancy.)
  11. Tap circled red - sign next to other DNS Servers.
  12. Tap "Save."

Router Config - Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

ONLY if you are comfortable & confident in your abilities to modify your router settings should you also do this on your router.

And when you make changes on your router, take screenshots of all settings before changing them.

If you don't know what a router is, how to make a screenshot, or feel it's unlikely you'll remember to take screenshots before making changes, DEFINITELY do NOT attempt this.

  1. Visit https://1.1.1.1/dns/
  2. Scroll down to the "Set up on..." section.
  3. Follow the instructions for Router Config.
  4. If you need more specific instructions than this, do not attempt this.

Drexel DNS

144.118.27.33 and 144.118.27.50 are the DNS addresses for Drexel.

Refer to the directions above to change the DNS on your MacOS or Windows machine.

Do this on machines that stay on Drexel campus only.