KeepSolid SmartDNS for Cisco Router: Setup Guide

Cisco, one of the most famous router companies worldwide, produces routers for networks of all types and sizes. Changing DNS settings of your Cisco router to KeepSolid SmartDNS server addresses, you can make all connected devices use KeepSolid SmartDNS service. This lets you unblock websites and enjoy unrestricted streaming on whatever device you want. 

Important notice before you change Cisco DNS settings           

Before you switch to KeepSolid SmartDNS settings on your Cisco router, make sure to take note of the current DNS server addresses. This information is required for backup purposes, in case you need to revert to your original settings.  

How to change Cisco DNS server addresses

Cisco router setup with KeepSolid SmartDNS service requires changing Cisco DNS server addresses. For this, just follow the few simple steps below: 

  1. Open your Cisco router Admin Panel. It is usually available by one of the following addresses:  http://192.168.1.1/, http://192.168.0.1/, or http://192.168.2.1/. In case none of these links works for you, check out your router manual, where the correct IP should be provided.
  2. Log in to your Cisco router. If you haven’t set a new username and password, the default ones are usually admin, both as username and password.
  3. Navigate to Basic Setup section.
  4. Make sure Enable DHCP is selected.
  5. Type in the addresses of KeepSolid SmartDNS servers in DNS server fields of your Cisco router:

    European DNS - 62.210.136.158
    US DNS - 69.162.67.202

    Note: We recommend to use the DNS server closest to your real location as the primary DNS server (the first one in the list of your Cisco router DNS servers) and the other server as the secondary one. This should provide you better speeds of DNS resolution.
  6. Save the settings.
  7. Reboot your router for the changes of Cisco DNS settings to come into force. 

Note: Access to KeepSolid SmartDNS service is granted basing on your IP address, which needs to be registered in our system. In case your IP address changes or differs from the registered one, our service will stop working for you. To get everything up and running again on your Cisco router, make sure to update the registered IP address via your User Office or KeepSolid SmartDNS app. 

How to block Google DNS 

In case you’re using Google Chromecast or Roku TV via your Cisco router to stream favorite content, you also need to block Google DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4).

  1. Make sure your Cisco router DNS is set to KeepSolid SmartDNS servers addresses (follow the instruction above).
  2. Write down the IP of your router. Check the address bar of your browser when in the router admin panel and note down the IP.
  3. Navigate to Advanced Routing.
  4. Enter dnsblock under the Router Name.
  5. Fill out the fields in the following way:
    • Set Destination IP to 8.8.8.8
    • Subnet Mask on all rows: 255.255.255.255
    • Gateway: Provide the IP from step 2.
  6. Press Save, then Apply.
  7. Repeat the steps above for the second DNS (8.8.4.4).

Note: In case you get a message "The specified gateway IP address is not valid" or "invalid static route",  try changing the last digit of the gateway IP.  

That’s it! Your Cisco router is successfully configured with KeepSolid SmartDNS service. Now you can enjoy all your favorite geo-restricted movies and TV shows on any device connected to your router. If you have any questions or comments, contact us anytime via [email protected], we'll be glad to assist!