What Is A DNS Server Address? All that You Need To Know

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In this article, you will get some fantastic and informative knowledge about DNS server address. You will get to know how to find DNS server. Some of the points discussed in this article are listed below:

  • What is a server?
  • What is DNS a server?
  • How to find it?
  • What is your DNS server address?
  • Find Google IP address
  • Open vs. Google DNS
  • Difference between preferred and alternate DNS server

What is a DNS?

What is a DNS

It stands for Domain Name System. It is a method for naming the resources that are connected to the Internet or any other private network. It has been serving us since 1980.

Domain names are translated to IP addresses to locate the device that is connected to a network. It holds the responsibility for assigning domain names and then assigns a name server to each domain. One would not be wrong if compare them with the online phone-book because they keep a record of domain names and then perform their duty of translating them into IP addresses.

What is a server?

The web server is an instance of the computer that responds to the request that is made by some other programs. They have various types. Some of them are listed below

  • Mail server
  • Application server
  • Proxy server
  • File server
  • Blade server

What is a DNS  server?

The function of this server is to respond to the queries that are against to its database.

They are configured in a network with the primary purpose of forwarding i.e.; they forward those queries that they cannot resolve.

Some of the public records in DNS database are listed below:

  1. Start of Authority (SOA)
  2. SMTP mail exchangers
  3. Name servers

How to find DNS server address?

By nslookup tool:

You just thought how to find it. Well, it’s not a difficult task. You can easily find it by ns lookup tool. This procedure involves these steps:

  1. First, start nslookup
  2. The set up your search type to NS. This is done to tell nslookup that you intend to search for name servers.
  3. Then enter your desired domain name i.e. for which you want to search name servers.

By nslookup command:

You can also view your DNS server’s address by just typing nslookup command.

  1. From the start menu type run
  2. Then type cmd in the search box.

cmd window

  1. This opens the command prompt for you as shown in the picture above. Then in the command prompt type nslookup and then your desired domain, for which servers’ address you want to find.

For example for YouTube, you may type nslookup www.youtube.com nslookup youtube

Google DNS server address:

Google DNS server address

similarly, you can find the DNS server address of google by typing nslookup goole.com in the command prompt.

nslookup google

What is my DNS server address?

The easiest way to find it is through your router’s admin status page. Theses web pages are built with the help of users so that they may customise settings and view their desired properties.

You can also view it by using ipconfig command. Open the command prompt by the method discussed earlier, then type the command: ipconfig/all. This will show you your DNS server’s address.

ipconfig all

This is how it will be shown.

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On Linux, Unix and Apple OS the command for finding it is different from the one for Windows OS.

Find Google IP address:

Google has multiple IP addresses to provide best services to its user. Some of them are

  • 8.8.8
  • 8.4.4

If you know the Google’s IP address then no need to type its domain name in the search box of your web browser. Just type its IP address and then you will be redirected to its website.


You can find the IP address of Google by tracert command. Open the command prompt by typing run in the search window and then type cmd.

Then type the following command in the command prompt.

tracert google.com

 tracert google

This will show you the IP address of Google. Then you can go to Google’s website by simply typing that IP address in the search bar in your web browser.


You can also find the IP address of Google by typing following command in the command prompt

ping google.com

 ping google.com

Open DNS server:

It is the one that solves DNS lookup for any request on the internet. Almost all web clients rely on this server. Hackers use this feature for hacking. They use this to make a DDOS attack called Amplification attack.

Open DNS vs. Google DNS:  

You can improve your browsing speed by using a third party DNS server. An example of such one is Google DNS server. Open one is faster than a third party server. It also gives you much flexibility.

  1. Open DNS server:

  • It provides you safety from phishing sites.
  • It gives you the option to block websites you don’t like.
  • It has been serving more than 30 billion requests per day.
  • It hasn’t and also will not go down for a longer period.
  1. Google DNS server:

  • It is reliable.
  • It is by Google
  • It responds to more than 100 billion queries per day.
  • It is too simple and has no domain blocking

The difference between preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server:

The preferred server works as the first choice. If they don’t work then alternate DNS server comes into action. The presence of these two benefits the user who is accessing a particular web page. If a user fails to access the web page trough a preferred server than other server does the work of that server which had failed. If your preferred server is down than your computer issues that request to the alternate DNS server.


By reading this article, you should have completely understood how to find the DNS server. At home, if you need this information then your modem starts concluding that for you. At work, your IT Company sets up large computers with IP addresses of the servers. They had both alternate and preferred DNS servers that have DNS server address. Thus this technology is serving people in the best possible way and playing an important role in the world of internet.