Switch DNS providers for a faster internet experience

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.

Public DNS providers are becoming more and more common and more popular among speed hungry keyboard warriors, so it seems fair to suggest theres a need for an application to speed test these servers an provide you with the best possible combination based on your locationconnection.
That’s where namebench comes in. “namebench hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way.”
namebench is open source and is available for Mac, Linux and Windows
NB: To implement namebench’s suggestions will require changing advanced system settings, or settings on your internet router which could render your internet connection useless. Make a note of the changes you make and where you make them in case you need to roll back the implementation.

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Use OpenDNS to improve web browsing speeds

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.

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