Improve your internet speed by changing your DNS.
Did you now that you may be able to speed up your internet searches by changing just 2 sets of numbers? This article will show you how you can find out. Your computer uses DNS (Domain Name System) servers to lookup and translate the web address that you type in such as www.ebay.com into the IP address of that site. The internet does not really work with web site names, it only works with IP addresses. By checking the reply speed of your current DNS provider and comparing it to other providers you may be able to reduce the time required to look up IP addresses which will increase your internet speed.
You ISP provides a DNS server either at their server site or by redirecting you to another DNS provider. It may sound strange but you may get faster responses by changing the DNS server that you use. Steve Gibson from Gibson research created a free utility program that you can download and run that will perform a DNS query on over 100 DNS servers and give you a breakdown comparison between them. If you ISP provided DNS is not in the top of the list then you should charge yours to one that is and your internet lookup speed should show improvement. Just think, every time you either go to a web site every item on that page has to be looked up in the DNS server – Every picture, every video even every link. By switching to the fastest DNS server available you should be able to cut out some of this delay.
The DNS benchmark program should help you select the best DNS server for you area, you can also check every few months to be sure you still have the best DNS server chosen. The program is available here: www.grc.com
Once you have the fastest DNS server found, write down the IP address that it uses. Go into your control panel, under “Network and Internet” click on “view network status and tasks”. Now click on “change adapter settings” on the top left side.
Next you will need to select the network interface that you use for the internet connection, this could be a wired or a wireless connection. We have the wired interface circled in the picture below (your interface name may be different based on the brand computer you are using and the card installed)
Double click on the interface and the following dialog box will pop up. Click on IP V4 and then click “properties”.
You will now see the settings dialog box as seen here. In the bottom section click “Use the following DNS server”. The bottom two sections will then be open to type in the two IP addresses you found in the DNS benchmark software.
Once the settings have been entered just click “ok” to exit out and reboot your PC. You should now be setup for faster DNS lookups. Try a little browsing and see! If you find this helpful leave us a comment and let us know.
The DNS benchmark utility is available from www.grc.com.
For information on how DNS works check out the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System