How To Change DNS Settings On Panasonic Viera Smart TV

Smart DNS settings on Panasonic TV

In this article, I’ll guide you on how to change DNS Settings On Panasonic Viera Smart TV. This instructions also applies if you wish to use a Smart DNS service to access region restricted TV apps.


What Is DNS Setting On Smart TV?

A DNS (Domain Name Server) is a gateway to the Internet. They covert easy to remember domain names into IP address. Think about the contacts app on your phone which converts into actual phone numbers when you’re calling someone.

The DNS settings allow you to change the DNS addresses so your device can communicate to a specified server rather than to your local Internet provider server. Often this is done when you want your TV to use a Smart DNS service to access TV channel apps.


How Do I Change The DNS On My Panasonic Smart TV?

Depending on your TV model, there are two ways that you change the DNS on your Panasonic Smart TV and they are as per below:

Method 1

Enter the Options menu via the remote;

  • Press Setup / Settings
  • Go to Network
  • Choose Network Settings
  • Select IP Address/DNS Settings
  • Go to DNS Auto Configuration ( DHCP ) and set it to Off
  • Navigate to Primary DNS and add the DNS address you wish to use
  • Navigate to Secondary DNS add the DNS address you wish to use
  • Save settings
  • Restart your TV

Method 2

Enter the Options menu via the remote;

  • Select Network
  • Go to Network Connection
  • Select Custom
  • Go to Wireless at the Network connection type selection
  • Select No at the current settings to change the settings
  • Go to Acquire DNS address and change it to Manual
  • Go DNS address, enter the DNS address you wish to add.
  • Exit the menu with the return button.
  • Restart Your TV

You can also refer to the video instructions below:


Registering Your IP Address

If you’re using a Smart DNS service, you will now need to register your IP address. Just login into your service provider website and do the necessary.

For Smart DNS Proxy service users, please login into your Account and click on Activate next to IP activation.

Smart DNS Proxy Activate IP address

If you’ve activated your IP address successfully and you have configured your computer to use the DNS address, you will see green checkmarks next to DNS Setup and IP activation.

Smart DNS Proxy IP updated

Once you’ve registered your IP address, you should now be able to access TV apps on your TV.


Panasonic Viera Not Connecting To Internet

You may need to restart your Internet router and TV. This often clears the problem with the connection. If you’re still having problems, please check on the IP/DNS settings on your TV and ensure they are entered correctly.

Failing that, the IP/DNS addresses you’ve entered no longer works and you will need to contact your service provider to solve this.


How Do I Setup A VPN On My Panasonic Smart TV?

Generally, Smart TVs does not support VPN service. If you just want to access TV channel apps, you can just use a Smart DNS service.

However, if you still want to use a VPN service for your TV, I would suggest you get a second router and configure our VPN service on it. This method would leave you with your existing network which would be your local ISP and then a second router which would route your traffic via the VPN network. You would presumably then connect your TV to the VPN network.

Note: Using a single router solution is not recommended. It can be done, but the problem is that if there are any problems or issues with it, you have lost your connection to the Internet. If you set up VPN on a secondary router, then any issues with VPN setup will not impact your local internet connection.

For more information on the setup, please contact a VPN service provider and they’ll be able to assist you further.


Conclusion

Changing DNS setting on your TV is pretty much straight forward but if you don’t see such option, most likely your TV doesn’t support such feature. To confirm on this, you can check on your TV’s manual and/or contact the TV’s manufacturer.

You may also be interested to read about the difference between a Smart DNS and VPN service.

Did you manage to set up your TV? Was this instructions applicable for your TV’s model?


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