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Old 09-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #16
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I think they're magical incantations to make the web work better.

but I wouldn't bet on it.
You make it sound like I'm one of the Tech-Priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus when you put it like that, lol.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #17
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Carpetmojo...

DNS = Dynamic Name Server
The Internet runs on IP numbers. Mobileread's IP is 67.205.70.12. DNS translates Names to IPs.

I don't know what you're running, but there are numerous ways to change your DNS. Check with your provider.
Sorry..wanted to clarify ...

DNS translates names to IPs, but DNS stands for Domain Name System, not Dynamic Name Server...

In fact, the few DNS servers we have in the world (13 I believe) are static or fixed, not dynamic. Those are root DNS for child DNS servers like Google or AT&T, which forward their request to the main ones, to find child domains.

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:14 PM   #18
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I do wish I'd studied languages harder at school .........

I haven't the faintest idea what anyone is talking about .......
DNS just translates IP numbers (the actual address for internet sites) to something easier to understand to human beings, words, or URLs.

Type this on your browser: http://72.21.211.176

It will bring you Amazon website. But that number is more difficult to understand than ... http://amazon.com

DNS converts "amazon.com" to 72.21.211.176, which is what computers actually use to find URLs or Internet addresses.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:58 AM   #19
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It's not enough to change the DNS settings in Control Panel -> Network Connections (Win7)?
You have to go into the router and change it?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:11 AM   #20
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It's not enough to change the DNS settings in Control Panel -> Network Connections (Win7)?
You have to go into the router and change it?
It's better to change it using your router because it effects all devices and computers that access your internet.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:12 AM   #21
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It's not enough to change the DNS settings in Control Panel -> Network Connections (Win7)?
You have to go into the router and change it?
No, you can change it per computer.

If you have DHCP and change in the router, then it will affect all your computer our clients.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:14 AM   #22
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I discovered that the suggested OpenDNS and Google DNS works faster for US IPs, not so much for European.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #23
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DNS translates names to IPs, but DNS stands for Domain Name System, not Dynamic Name Server...
Doh.. I knew that.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #24
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I discovered that the suggested OpenDNS and Google DNS works faster for US IPs, not so much for European.
Makes sense ... depending of where these DNS servers are located. Hence my advice of not changing it without checking first ...

Damm, I feel like a PC technician again, like the old days, lol ...
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:25 AM   #25
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I seem to be experiencing a really wierd wi-fi issue. My wi-fi seems to have taken a dislike to Mobileread!

I can connect to MR via my phone (hence this message) but via wi-fi I just can't! It will connect to any other web site but not MR. This is the same on my Android tablet, my son's iPad and my laptop.

I am baffled, anybody have any bright ideas?
It's homeland security infiltrating U.K.

I know, I know, it's not funny when your friggin' computer/router/network isn't working, but I hope you've already figured it out by now...
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #26
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No, you can change it per computer.

If you have DHCP and change in the router, then it will affect all your computer our clients.
Some firewalls/routers hijack it back to their settings as an anti-malware measure (I'm using one at work that does so by default, though it's easy enough to turn off).
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #27
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:32 PM   #28
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The reports on hijacking were alarming until I googled the sites.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:09 AM   #29
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Firstly, many thanks to all who chipped in with suggestions and my apologies for not coming back sooner, but hopefully you can understand why

I spent a lot of time investigating all the suggestions but never did get round to implementing any of them (mainly because I know from bitter experience that I am more than capable of totally killing a network if I start messing about from a position of ignorance).

Finally, yesterday, I was just starting to pluck up the courage to start messing about with router settings etc when my teenage son came to me and said, "Dad, the wireless printer I bought for my bedroom isn't working properly"! Basically, he'd stuck a wireless printer in his room and tried to get it working by messing about with various network settings without my knowledge. A quick uninstall of that printer and a reset of settings and all is well again. I've even successfully returned that printer (because there seemed to be nothing I could do that would get it to work) and replaced it with another one that both works and doesn't impact the network.
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