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

Petros

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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!
 

Aprox

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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?
 

Petros

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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?
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.
 

Admiral Michael

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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).
 

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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.
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 :)
 

SPeedY_B

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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 :)
 

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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 :)
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.
 

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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.
 

Electronic Punk

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

synical33

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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.
 

SPeedY_B

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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. :)
 

Electronic Punk

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

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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.
 

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How would you set this up on a XP system?

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.
 

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