OpenDNS.com - if you don't know what it means, read!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Petros, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    I searched around for improving DNS queries, and stumbled on OpenDNS.com.

    My ISP's DNS sucks, as a lot of people's do. Since I set up my router to use it for DNS queries, things have been better. No more sitting around waiting for a web page to come up (i'm looking at YOU, myspace), no more "page not found" when I accidentally type .cmo into a web address...everything about it is great!

    Just to make sure I gave credit to the first person to mention it on this site, I did a search.

    Thanks, fitz, for posting it in news and to rotjong for bringing this up in the forums!
     
  2. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    Thanks for the info, I will have to check this out when I get home. Is there a noticeable lookup speed difference?
     
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  4. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    Cool, good for those people that don't have their own network DNS cache ;)
     
  5. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    I'd say. I don't know if you use myspace much if at all, but I don't get a lot of slowdown from it that I used to, or pages that have a lot hotlinks to images and media on other sites are faster too.
     
  6. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    My ISP's DNS server's totally suck, so I found OpenDNS a while back and they simply rock. They're the best one's I've used so far. I use em on all my friend's and families' configs (when it's possible to specify my own).
     
  7. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    That sounds awesome, I do use myspace (more than I care to admit :p )

    I'm heading home in a few minutes, this will be the first thing I do when I get logged in :)
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Maybe the ISP's I've used just have decent DNS, but I've not noticed any speed difference when using OpenDNS... I use it for the handy features though. Auto corrections, search and phishing protection :)
     
  9. X-Istence

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    You are lucky. Here in the US many ISPS have two or three DNS servers, and that is it. OpenDNS is a cluster or farm of DNS servers, so response times are a lot better than the response times from the ISPs servers. I personally always use the Level3 customer provided ones, 4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2. They have 40> msec response times at all times.
     
  10. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    I've always set up my router to receive DNS automatically from the ISP and then manually configured the L3 DNS servers as my backups. Never had a problem.
     
  11. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    Very nice thanks
     
  12. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Bulldog's DNS servers used to be shocking, Pipex' seem to be working fine for me at the moment.
     
  13. synical33

    synical33 X2 & Lovin' It

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    I am currently trying this OpenDNS thing too. There is just one thing that kind of bothers me though...every time I bank is it safe? I mean these are other DNS Servers im hitting outside of my ISP's so doesn't it make you wonder? I have just a slight worry on that.
     
  14. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I'd say your as safe as using your ISP's servers. Banking online is encrypted anyhow, so there shouldn't really be a problem. :)
     
  15. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    i'll give it a whirl :)
     
  16. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Shameless bump for me, but I think I will actually be adding these tonight and seeing how things go!
     
  17. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    I run my own caching servers locally, with 7 people there is just too much DNS traffic that otherwise has to run over the pipes.
     
  18. unknownsoul

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    I just added it, hopefully I'll notice the changes here at work and at home.
     
  19. hansrijf

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    How would you set this up on a XP system?
     
  20. X-Istence

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    I have not a single clue. When I said locally, I meant on my private network at home. And if I am anywhere in public, I have a VPN set up, so I still use that very same DNS server, and use my home gateway as the outgoing machine and have all my traffic encrypted.