FAQ: Changing DNS

FAQ: What does DNS mean? How do I change my DNS settings?

What does DNS mean? What does it do?

DNS stands for Domain Name System. We won't go into all the technical details here, but DNS plays a vital role in internet communications, and the DNS service you choose can impact the performance of your system. If you're having trouble streaming, connecting to our servers, or just feeling that things are a little slow, switching the DNS you're using can improve things drastically.

What DNS services are the best? 

There are a lot of DNS options out there, and plenty of them will work great! We find that ISP (Internet Service Provider) default DNS options can be a bit lacking, so going with a public option can help a lot. Many of our customers have had success with Google DNS ( and Cloudflare DNS (, so it's definitely worth giving those a try. 

When should I change my DNS?

There are a lot of great reasons to switch your DNS to something faster (you'll see performance improvements across the board) but if you're experiencing any of these issues with Roon, changing DNS is definitely a good step: 
  1. Trouble streaming TIDAL or Qobuz
  2. Trouble logging in
  3. Slow search performance

How do I change my DNS settings? 

Typically changing your DNS settings should be pretty easy, but the exact steps will vary depending on what router you're using. For most routers, you can go to your router settings and change them pretty easily. If you're unsure of how to do this, refer to your router's manual or contact your ISP. 

Example - Setting Google DNS on Plume

I have a Plume mesh router, so I can change DNS options right in the app. In Advanced Settings, I choose custom DNS and enter for Primary and for Secondary. Now, just like that, I'm using Google DNS.

    • Related Articles

    • DSD to PCM Settings

      Overview Roon supports a couple of settings related to DSD to PCM conversion. This is a technical explanation of what they do and why they are needed. You can find the DSD to PCM settings at the bottom of the Audio tab in Roon's settings window. DSD ...
    • Import Settings

      Overview Roon's Import Settings provide control over how Roon handles your music files. When you modify import settings, Roon re-evaluates each file in your library taking the new settings into account. This approach allows for the settings to be ...
    • FAQ: My compilations and soundtracks aren't sorted by artist name in the album browser, can I change that?

      Yes, in the General tab of Settings from the Sort Compilations To dropdown, select "Various Artists". This will put all of your Various Artists soundtracks and compilations together under "V" in the album browser.
    • FAQ: Where do an album's star ratings come from? Can I change them?

      Star ratings are part of the editorial data we source from Allmusic.com. You can add your own ratings to your albums, and each profile in Roon can choose their own ratings!
    • FAQ: What's a watched folder?

      You add your local music to Roon via "watched" folders. These are folders that will be monitored by Roon for new music. Your files are left in the folder and won't be copied or modified in any way unless you explicitly choose to add or delete them ...
    Visit the Roon Community!
    Need help? Thousands of Roon subscribers and audio enthusiasts are chatting over on our community site right now, join them! You don't even need a Roon subscription to sign up.