How-To: Boost Your Web Browsing Performance Like an IT Pro Using DNS



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In general, you can access most consumer routers by opening a new tab in your browser and typing either or
You’ll know this worked correctly when you are prompted for your user
name and password to login. If you lost this information, don’t
despair, just look for any type of reset button on the device itself to
restore it to defaults. Look for a tab named Network or Configuration and look for the section that allows you to enter your DNS. Once done, simply click save and reboot your router.

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The  DNS benchmarking tool made by Gibson Research Corporation mentioned above is working now.  I suggest using it to test your connection.

I use Quest DSL. It tested out to be by far the fastest.

In order to properly test the Quest DNS server I had to enter the IP addresses manually. If you're using a router you will find your actual DNS server there. It should be found under Connection Status.

I entered both the primary and the secondary DNS into the benchmark tool. both of them tested out to be the fastest out of any servers that the tool tests.

I also discovered something. By default Windows is set to automatically obtain a DNS. It picks the router. The router also gets it's DNS automatically. It should look to your ISPs DNS server. This means that every request must be processed by the router. If I cut out the router and enter the Quest DNS servers into Windows manually then I seem to get faster page loads.

The DNS Benchmark showed my router IP as It's marked by a solid gold dot and it's named Home. If your router shows up as being slower than your ISPs DNS servers then you should benifit by entering the IPs for the DNS manually as well.



Just tried it, and it seems to work pretty well.  I will have to do some more testing on it, but it reduced my ping a little bit and of course passed all of the security tests.  I'll be using OpenDNS on all routers that I set up now.



This worked awsome! My ISP's DNS failed the security test miserably!

I also reduced the quary time from 400+ ms to less then half that, the browser feels way snappier now.

Awsome guide, if the magazine is anything like this, I should definatly consider subscribing.



Overall this works out really well and I'm happily using OpenDNS...but I ran into an issue where I could no longer ping or remote into computers on my LAN.  After a bit of research I discovered this is because the names were going out to the DNS server to be resolved instead of staying on my LAN.  I don't know exactly why this happens and didn't when I was using my ISP's DNS servers, but if you run into this, it can be fixed (if you're using OpenDNS anyway).  You have to go into the VPN exceptions section (can't recall the exact name at the moment) and setup "your domain" as an exception so it'll resolve the name locally.  Once you know what's going on, finding your domain is pretty easy - when you do a ping (i.e. ping mycomputer) it'll come back with something like "pinging" so you just add an exception for "", wait the three minutes and try again...  you may have to also add "" so just keep going until you get a ping and ip from your LAN.

Hope this saves someone some time as it took me awhile to figure out why my WHS wasn't talking to my computer, etc...



I would like to give this a shot but OpenDNS doesnt seem to support my DLink DIR-625 does it work on any router?



OpenDNS will work on any router.



I have been using openDNS for close to a year now and have no problems with it. I started using it after my ISP had a very bad case of On any compter or any device that tried to access the internet was redirected to on about 80% of all pages visited. So i switched to openDNS and have had no issues since. I tried a month or so ago the DNS servers of my ISP again and while alot better I still get the occasional reroute to fox.


Mr Pockets151

searching for recommended DNS and OpenDns.  Compare the difference for myself.  I am going to be using the router option-question: Since I'm changing the DNS inside my router, will all my other OSes( triple boot WIN 7, XP, Ubuntu), be covered?  


To the last nugget!



As long as you use the same router to connect to internet



OpenDNS saved my sanity.  Once upon a time, I was a subscriber to Time Warner Cable for my internet service.  I like many others on TWC played online games (including WoW) but during those Dark troublesome days I would log in to my favorite games online and after a few minutes of play I would start getting Ridiculous ping times sometimes in the multi thousand millisecond pings.  I reported this to TWC to NC Soft to Blizzard to just about everybody.  Did the trace routes troubleshot till my eyes were bloodshot my hair falling out (still is but its slowed considerably since then :D) and my hands were raw and bloody from typing tracert -d at a command prompt. 

Finally I got fed up to my eyeballs with TWC after having resolved the issue ( a bad actor server in the dallas Fort Worth telco area) and reported same to TWC NOTHING was done to correct it.  The Hops on the network all went star for tcp at hop 7 out of 30 and in the multi thousands of ms and TWC had this info and did squat.  I switched from TWC to windstream  For a while life was good and then all of a sudden I started getting the same kind of behavior from windstream.  More sleepless nights troubleshooting.  Then I read a forum post on world of warcrafts forums talking about OpenDNS.  I went to their site and read up on them.  changed the dns entry on my from auto to OpenDNS servers and the problem went away.  Immediately.  did a tracert out to after doing a release renew through ipconfig.  No more hop 7 dallas fort worth area hops!  I was being routed through Philidelphia to Boston (im on the east coast and the datacenter for one of my realms is in Boston) ping never went above 38-40ms on any hop!!!!!  ping time in WoW was down to an acceptable 128-145ms on a busy night and down to 74-75ms on a off peak hour run. 

I have also had less intrusion attacks inbound to my router since begining to use OpenDNS for my Domain Name Server needs.  KickAss!  9 of 10 +SpeedRacer:  Avoids Dallas Fort Worth area att Backbone,  Improved speed and ping immediately and immensely, Secure and feature rich client.  -SpeedingTicket:  sometimes interacts strangely with Kaspersky Anti Virus




Well based on what I've read so far on this site, the last thing TWC gives a rat's ass about is its customers!

Thanks for the heads up regarding WoW, despite all that I'm learning, its obvious that I still have a very long way to go.

Oh yeah, kick ass article, can't wait to put what I've learned to use when I get home.



For me using openDNS saved 20ms BUT when testing dig net. N S timing using openDNS was over 200ms but using default was 67ms.... i guess ill stick to obtain dns automatically.



Try some alternatives. OpenDNS as we mentioned is fast, but it is also popular. Find yourself another less populated server if raw speed is your goal. You also inspired me to add another few sentences to the end of my benchmarking paragraph. Make sure you are testing your DNS server's during peak hours, typically this is the early evening. Your ISP may give you good results now, but buckle under the weight of their subscriber base. You might also just be lucky enough to have an ISP with excellent DNS server, with all the choices out there maybe your lucky! But you won't know till you try.



I know that this is asking a lot, but I was wondering if it is possible for maxpc to provide us with 3 top dns server instead of just 1?

since it is nearly impossible to try all the 1.9 mil dns server.

by the way great how-do article though.




In the article, we suggest checking out . This will give you three seperate independant recommendations aside from OpenDNS to try out.



I'll save the OpenDNS users the trouble and say that it passed the Spoof Test with flying colors.



You can also use a DNS server on your home server, using your old PC.

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