Find Your Fastest External DNS Server – Speed Up Web Browsing

Written by Allen White on. Posted in Apple, General, SBS2008/2011, Server 2003, Server 2008, Web, Web Browsers, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

IT Problem

Is your Internet web browsing speed slow?are your download speeds slow?  do you travel and sometimes have problems browsing the web when you are on the road? If so then carry on.

When browsing the web we use something called DNS, it converts IP addresses to Host Names, meaning each website you go to has a number that ties in with it. www.google .com is 209.85.229.147 .

The job of converting these names to IP addresses is done via DNS servers. so if you can find the fastest DNS servers for your server or pc then you can in theory browse the web faster. To do so read this solution.

 

IT Solution

We are going to use a little tool called Name Bench, this is now owned by google, it scans the web for the fastest DNS servers that would work for you and gives you the P addresses of them

So first download it from here… http://code.google.com/p/namebench/ | Download Name Bench

 

Once downloaded simply install it, then run it, you will see this screen below.

 

speed up internet tool

speed up internet tool

 

 

Leave all the default settings, it will pick up your country and also what browser you are running, click in the bottom right hand corner to start the test.

This will now go away for about 5 mins , testing servers on the web to see what suits your system and setup best. Be patient.

Once done it will provide you with the report load into your browser. It will give you the DNS servers that it thinks are fastest for you. Notice I have highlighted these addresess.

Fastest DNS server for web browsing

Fastest DNS server for web browsing

 

This is basically telling me that that the fastest DNS server for web browsing for me is google on 8.8.8.8 and second is 158.43.192.1.

we now need to take these addresess and use them ou our server or pc…heres how.

 

Speed up Web Browsing on Windows 7

So we need to tell your windows 7 machine to use the numbers provided from name bench. In your task bar in the bottom right hand corner you will see this Icon..right click it and select Open Network and Sharing Centre.

network and sharing centre

network and sharing centre

 

 

You will then see the screen below, select the highlighted section that says Change Adapter Settings

 

change adapter settings in windows 7

change adapter settings in windows 7

 

 

You will now see your network cards. You will most likely have two. One called Local Area Connection and one called Wireless Network Connection.

You need to select the correct connection here so if you are on wireless right click Wireless Network Connection then Properties. If you have a network cable plugged into your pc then right click Local Area Connection then select properties. You will then see the screen below.

local area connection properties

local area connection properties

 

 

Double click the section ive highlighted in blue called Internet Protocol Version 4 and you will see this screen below.

internet protocol version 4

internet protocol version 4

 

 

You will see the section called Use the following DNS server addresses. Ive highlighted below. Select that it will enable you to enter the ip addresses that name bench gave you.

Do so.

 

enter dns address

enter dns address

 

Once done click OK, then OK again to close the screens. You are now using the faster DNS servers , your downloading speeds should be better as should your web site browsing faster. :)

Change Your Servers DNS Forwarder

If you have a server and you want to change your DNS forwarders to use the address supplied by name bench then do the following.

 

Click on start > Programs > Administrator Tools then DNS. Right click on your server name select properties , a screen will appear , select the forwarders tab as seen below.

 

change forwarder in dns

change forwarder in dns

 

Again, enter the addresses given by name bench in the section called Selected Domains Forwarder IP Address. Click ok. Right click on your server again and choose Clear Cache. You are now using these servers for DNS look up

 

 
 

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Allen White

Allen is a Technical Consultant for an IT company in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure. Backup Academy Certified. I run this site in my spare time so if I help you then PLEASE take the time to share using the share tools on the site.

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