Find DNS Servers

Domain Name System (also known as DNS) is a special naming system that applies for services and resources associated with computers and the Internet. This system is very useful for computer users since it can identify the location and address of computer networks worldwide. DNS was developed to assign domain names as well as to associate these names with IP addresses. It is also the one responsible for assigning authoritative name servers for every computer domain.

How do I find my DNS servers? There are different ways of finding these servers. It is important to know that the steps differ on the operating system and Internet connection that you are using in your laptop or computer. Below are the instructions for finding Lincast, Shaw Cable and MCI DNS servers.

Minimum System Requirements

  • A laptop or personal computer with any OS from Linux and Microsoft

Instructions for Finding Lincast DNS Servers

  1. Launch the nslookup tool of your computer.
  2. To find this, select start and type nslookup in the search box and press enter.
  3. Type the domain name that you want to find. In this case, type lincast.com and press enter.
  4. The nslookup tool will provide information on the server and address that you are looking for.

Instructions for Finding Shaw Cable Servers

  1. Launch the nslookup tool.
  2. Type shaw.ca in the command prompt and press enter.
  3. Information about the address and server will appear on the screen.
  4. You can also see the address for non-authoritative answer as well as authoritative answer.

Instructions for Finding MCI Servers

  1. Open the nslookup tool in your computer.
  2. Type mci.com and press enter.
  3. Several non-authoritative and authoritative answers will appear.
  4. You can also find information about the address and server that you can use in the computer.

Instructions for Finding Servers in Linux Computers

  1. Open the command prompt.
  2. Type $ less /etc/resolv.conf or $ cat /etc/resolv.conf.
  3. The computer will provide the IP address of your DNS server.

Instructions for Finding Servers in Microsoft Windows Computers

  1. Select the Start button and click the Run tab.
  2. Write command cmd in the page and press enter.
  3. When the command prompt appears, type C:>ipconfig / all.

Additional Tips

  • You can also find your DNS server in your Microsoft Windows computer by checking the Internet properties.
  • To do this, you need to select Start, Setting and then Network Connections. Afterwards, click Local Area Connection, Properties, Internet Protocol, Properties as well as Look for Preferred DNS Server. Click apply to find the servers.