Recently I have found my self at the mercy of my ISP and diabolical download speeds in an attempt to download the massive (2+ GB) download that is Apple’s xCode. Which is where my latest blog article stems from, and the latest software review.
A lot of time is spent waiting for webpages to load… Or so you think! One thing you might not know is some of that time is spent waiting for results to come back from your ISP’s DNS servers most people will never bother to change their DNS server settings therefore leaving some ISP’s servers with huge volumes of traffic which could impact the speed of your internet experience.
As a heavy internet user I am always looking at ways to improve response times of websites… Thanks to Chris Prillo via Twitter I have now discovered the magic that is OpenDNS. I have tried free DNS servers in the past, but never been happy with the results. However this one seems to be working well for me.
OpenDNS has servers situated strategically at the most well-connected intersections of the Internet. Unlike your ISP, our network uses Anycast routing technology, which means no matter where you are in the world your DNS requests are answered by our closest datacenter. Anycast routing also means that you are automatically routed to our next closest datacenter in the event of maintenance or downtime. This makes your Internet faster and more reliable.
If you want to try OpenDNS for yourself, you can find detailed instructions over at their website: https://www.opendns.com/start
Give it a go, and let me know what you think.