SmartDNS systems are usually less complicated to set up on your Windows system than a Virtual Private Network. While they are usually less complicated even some of the best SmartDNS providers don’t provide software to carry out this task on your Desktop so for the new user even this simple process can seem difficult when dealing with editing settings and ultimately restoring them to your default settings when needed.
While editing DNS settings is rather straight forward it could be easy to make a slip up and render your internet connection dead if you make a mistake. While this isn’t a permanent state, if you are unsure what you are doing it could lead to expensive technical support phone calls to rectify or even a trip to your local computer repair shop to solve the problem. Again, as I mentioned already it wouldn’t be a complicated problem to solve but with computer repair shops charging an arm and a leg to repair even the most basic system fault you would be wise to follow the advice below to setup your SmartDNS on Windows with relative ease.
I’ve tested many solutions for new user setting up of SmartDNS systems and found a little program called DNSJumper to be one of the easiest to use and least hassle.
Where to download DNSJumper
- Firstly Download DNSJumper using this link.
- If you have a newer Windows system such as 8.1 you will be able to Double Click on DnsJumper_vX.X.X.zip and drag the folder DnsJumper_vX.X.X to your Desktop or another location of your choice.
- If you have an older version of Windows you may need to download an additional program to help you open the DnsJumper_vX.X.X.zip file. You can download this from the 7-Zip website. The top file Download .exe will be suitable if you don’t understand what type of system you have. Once installed Double Click on DnsJumper_vX.X.X.zip and drag the folder DnsJumper_vX.X.X to a location of your choice.
- DNSJumper does not need installing.
How to use DNSJumper to setup your SmartDNS
1. Open the folder containing the file and Double Click DnsJumper.exe.
2. You should be asked if you want to allow the following file from an unknown publisher to make changes to your computer. Click Yes.
3. In the centre of the new window that opened Left Click the small Cog icon to access the Settings.
4. A new Settings window will open. At the top of this screen are two boxes to enter the DNS Server settings supplied to you by your SmartDNS Provider.
5. Enter the DNS settings and select Row 1. Give the setting a name under DNS Server Name, using one that resembles the name of your SmartDNS Provider will help you identify the setting in future. Press Add.
6. The new setting will now be added, you can close this Settings window.
7. To set the DNS Settings on your Windows system look under Choose a DNS Server selecting the setting you named, press Apply DNS and then Flush DNS.
8. You do not need to leave DNSJumper open for the settings to remain and can close it if you wish.
You are now ready to access the streaming content site that you wish to watch if supported by your SmartDNS Provider.
How to revert to your Default DNS Settings
Once you’ve finished streaming the content that you wish to watch you are likely to want to put your system back to normal, i.e; the default settings.
- Run the DNSJumper program if it isn’t already running.
- Under Choose a DNS Server scroll up and select – Default.
- Press Apply DNS and then Flush DNS.
Your computer will now be reverted back to it’s default settings and you will no longer be able to access the streaming services that are enabled by your SmartDNS provider. You can of course re-enable the settings via DNSJumper at any time in the future while you have a subscription with your provider.
I hope this guide has helped you setup SmartDNS on Windows but if you get stuck please feel free to post in the comments and I’ll be glad to help.
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