This is why many users still edit the HOSTS file and add names and IP addresses of servers, websites and other computers they frequently access to it.
In Microsoft operating systems, the HOSTS file is located in the following location: Note: We also have tutorial articles on how to edit a hosts file in Windows 8, edit a hosts file in Windows 7 and on a mobile device running Windows RT.
So the browsing and accessing other network places/shares by ‘name’ will be smoother by avoiding DNS server requests.
We can manually customize DNS name and IP address for specific sites in this file which will be helpful in several ways in Windows or Mac OS X.
For example, if you wanted to add a manual line to translate a FQDN of a computer called “webserver.domain.com” into the IP address of 188.8.131.52 (this is just an example, actually 184.108.40.206 is the IP address used by Google’s DNS servers), you would add this line: When you ping it, your computer will resolve the name to the correct IP address: You can also include comment lines by placing a hash character (#) at the beginning of the line. Next, copy and paste the file to its original location. You will be asked if you want to overwrite the file.