Many of us worry about internet speed often. Even having a high speed broadband connection, we don’t get the expected internet speed most of the time. Generally we go with the default connection settings as provided by our ISPs or choose to obtain automatically. But do you know that you can enhance your connection speed significantly by changing your DNS(Domain Name System) server addresses??
What is DNS?
Domain Name System or DNS is a system which translates the website domain name to their unique IP addresses. Each Website, Computer System, Tablet or Mobile has a unique IP Address which identifies that website or system distinctively over internet. As the IP addresses are hard to remember for a human, the websites are given a domain name. The same domain which we use to access through our browser. As we request any website or webpage from our browser the DNS comes into play. The DNS checks IP for the requested domain in root servers and translates the domain into respective IP address, which in turn use to get an response for the user.
There are a number of DNS servers in the world. Each ISP has their own DNS servers. These DNS servers have different speed on different geographical locations. So it is advisable to use DNS servers that provide better results at your locations. In addition to DNS provided by your ISPs, You can use public DNS servers Google DNS and OpenDNS which give faster internet speed.
OpenDNS is offering free and premium DNS for individual or organisations. The OpenDNS loads faster and more secure. These DNS blocks malicious pages from loading, protect from phishing attacks and provides content filtering optionally in addition to DNS lookup. For individual users or for home use free DNS by OpenDNS are good enough. You can use the following free DNS provided by OpenDNS.
IPv4: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
IPv6: 2620:0:ccc::2 and 2620:0:ccd::2
Google DNS is another free alternative public DNS service for any internet user in the world, irrespective of their ISP. The Google DNS addresses are mapped to the nearest operational server, which make these DNS faster. Currently Google DNS are operational on following addresses.
IPv4: 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and 2001:4860:4860::8844
Namebench for Finding best DNS servers with better internet speed:
Alternatively you can look for best(faster and nearest) DNS server for you. Namebench is an open source benchmark utility program by Google. It can be used to find fastest and nearest DNS server available for you for better internet speed. Just Download it and run on your system and have a list of best DNS at your location.
Test either of Google DNS, OpenDNS or DNS obtained from DNS benchmark and use what suits you.