Google DNS: How to Install It and Access the Steam Store

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Google DNS: How to Install It and Access the Steam Store

If you can’t access the Steam store right now, here are Google’s public DNS addresses:

IPv4:

8.8.8.8

8.8.4.4

IPv6:

2001:4860:4860::8888

2001:4860:4860::8844

Depending on your OS, configuring your DNS will be different. The way to do so is written below, taken from “Get Started | Google Public DNS”

Windows:

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Windows 7

  1. Go to the Control Panel.

  2. Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.

  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection > Properties.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.

  5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.

  8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:

    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.

  10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.

  11. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

 

Mac OS:

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Mac OS 10.5

  1. Click Apple > System Preferences > Network.

  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.

  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.

  5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:

    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  6. Click Apply > OK.

  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.

  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change

 

It’s highly advised that you write down your ISP’s own details before deleting them in favor of the Google’s one. Aside from getting around this ban, using a DNS like Google Public DNS provides benefits like security as well as performance.

More information can be found on Google’s page here

The increased interest in Google DNS comes following government action against Steam, as a result of fighting game Fight of Gods amidst concerns of religiously insensitive content.

As a result, the entire store.steampowered domain has been geoblocked for Malaysians not using Public DNS.

 

 

About The Author
W. Amirul Adlan

Artist who loves games that just wants games to be as good as they can be. Completed the pokedex, loves Dark Souls lore.

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