A dear friend, speaking of video games, advised you to modify the DNS server of the PlayStation 4, to improve the quality of online multiplayer and you, intending to follow his instructions, immediately opened Google in search of more precise information on the matter. To begin with, let me explain, roughly, what DNS are: they are computers or computer networks, scattered all over the world, used to convert the textual addresses of the servers of the Network (eg google.it ) in IP addresses (e.g. 18.104.22.168), and vice versa.
In other words, it is the intermediaries who allow us to view a website by typing an easy-to-understand textual address (e.g. google.it) instead of its real address on the Internet, i.e. a numerical IP address (e.g. 64,233. 167.99). It goes without saying that, by using DNS servers that are faster than the predefined ones of your operator, the loading operations of online resources are speeded up. Similarly, using international DNS servers, it is possible to bypass the regional restrictions that authorities sometimes apply to sites, preventing them from being displayed by local DNS servers (in this case, Italian DNS). Well, these advantages can also be obtained on PS4.
During this tutorial, it will therefore be my responsibility to point out which ones are the best PS4 DNS, giving you an accurate overview of why these servers are so important and also explaining how to use them on the console. So, without hesitation, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to say on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of this guide, you will be perfectly able to apply my tips to improve your online gaming experience. Seeing is believing!
- Preliminary information
- Best PS4 DNS servers
- How to set up DNS on PS4
- In case of problems
Before getting to the heart of this guide and understanding, in practice, what the best PS4 DNS, I feel it is my duty to let you understand how this operation can improve the performance of your gaming experience.
As I explained to you in the opening bars of this tutorial, DNS servers represent the mechanism by which simple text addresses are translated into numerical addresses.
Without getting into technicalities, just know that packages containing any type of data (from e-mail to Internet sites, passing through game data, operating system updates and so on) travel from one point to another on the network, taking as a reference thenumeric IP address of the destination.
However, since the numerical IP addresses could vary at any time, they are associated with textual addresses which, on the other hand, are hardly changed during construction: the latter, in particular, are used within various types of programs, including which games, to “locate” the reference servers.
Based on what has been said so far, it is easy to conclude that the use of fast DNS servers leads, in many cases, to a consequent improvement in gaming performance. However, keep in mind that there are many other factors that can affect the response speed of an online title: using a good DNS server helps, of course, but it cannot upset the performance of the Internet connection (I’ll talk about this in the last part of the tutorial ).
Best PS4 DNS servers
Having clarified the usefulness of DNS during gaming sessions, it is time to show you what, in my opinion, are the best DNS servers to use for the PlayStation 4 (and not only).
Personally, I suggest you use servers Google DNS, those of Cloudflare, or those of OpenDNS, all three with high performance, but with different peculiarities.
- Google DNS – widely appreciated and with high performance, they also allow access to IP addresses obscured by Italian service providers. They keep track of the addresses reached through them (albeit in a way not attributable to the natural person who uses them) mainly for statistical purposes.
- Primary / Preferred DNS Server: 22.214.171.124
- Secondary / Alternate DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
- Cloudflare– Cloudflare’s DNS also stand out for performance and allow you to visit IP addresses otherwise obscured by local providers. However, they promise not to keep track of address data “translated” through them.
- Primary / Preferred DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
- Secondary / Alternate DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
- OpenDNS – these are quite fast DNS servers, which allow you to resolve locally blocked addresses and block a priori a large number of addresses linked to phishing and other bad practices.
- Primary / Preferred DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
- Secondary / Alternate DNS Server: 18.104.22.168
- Open DNS with FamilyShield – is a variant of the servers seen above, which allows you to block addresses linked to adult material and other material potentially harmful to minors. They may not be suitable for all gaming situations but, if the PlayStation is primarily used by minors, they can have their say.
- Primary / Preferred DNS Server: 22.214.171.124
- Secondary / alternate DNS server: 126.96.36.199
Once you have identified the most suitable DNS servers for your case, write down their IP addresses, as they will be essential for you in the following steps of this guide.
How to set up DNS on PS4
To set the DNS chosen on the PS4, you must first set up a Static IP on the same, manually acting on the parameters of the Internet connection. For convenience, I recommend that you take note of the current IP address of the PS4 (if you have already connected it to the Internet before) and the IP address of the router to which it is connected: both information will be needed later.
To be able to do this, log in to the toolbar top of the PS4, select the icon of thegear (Settings) and press the button X of the controller; similarly, select menus Net And View connection status and write down the following information: IP address of the PlayStation, subnet mask And default gateway.
If you haven’t already connected the console to the Internet, you can retrieve the information you need using alternative methods.
- Default gateway – is the IP address of the router to which the PS4 must be connected (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1). You can retrieve this information from any other device connected to the network generated by the router, by following the instructions I have given you in this guide.
- Subnet mask – denotes the number of IP addresses that the router can assign, based on a given criterion. Usually this value is equal to 255.255.255.0.
- IP address of the PlayStation – it must be the same as the IP address of the router, except for the last three digits (e.g. 192.168.1.XX, replacing XX with any value between 2 and 254).
Once you have the necessary information, return to the menu Settings> Network of the PlayStation, this time select the option Configure Internet Connection and continue choosing whether to establish the connection via Wifi or with LAN network cable.
Now, select the item Personalized and, if you have chosen to proceed via Wi-Fi, choose the wireless network to connect to and enter, when requested, the password for access. This step is not necessary for the cable connection.
Next, on the IP address settings screen, select the item Manual and fill out the form that is proposed to you by entering, in the appropriate fields, the information retrieved just now: theIP address to be assigned to the PS4, the subnet mask, the default gateway they primary and secondary DNS addresses previously chosen.
Finally, set the value Automatic MTU, indicates to do not use proxy server and that’s it: the console, after acquiring the static IP address, should be able to use the new DNS. To make sure, check the connection by going to Settings> Network> Check Internet Connection.
In case of problems or second thoughts, you can easily restore everything to the initial state, setting the PS4 again to automatically acquire the IP addresses and DNS servers: to proceed in this sense, go to Settings> Network> Configure Internet Connection and select the item Typical, to have the PS4 automatically detect the optimal connection settings. Finally, select the network type you intend to use, enter the access key (in case of Wi-Fi network) and that’s it!
In case of problems
Although you managed to change the DNS of the PS4 slavishly following the instructions I gave you in the course of this guide, did you realize that the performance of your connection has not improved at all? Well, then it is easy to deduce that the problems you encountered are not attributable to DNS performance but to other factors independent of them.
For example, you may experience improvements using a wired network instead of a Wi-Fi network, by changing the NAT type or, if you really can’t use the connection via Ethernet, boosting the Wi-Fi signal. I have told you in detail about these aspects in my guides on how to improve the connection on PS4 and how to change the NAT of the PS4.
If the result, even in this case, should be satisfactory, I invite you to consult the official PS4 manual, available online, in which additional information is available regarding the configuration of the console and the resolution of the most common problems.