How to use DNS Optimization for faster internet?


I've heard about using DNS Optimization to speed up your internet connection, but how do you go about it? Do you just try a DNS server and maybe it will have a positive impact, but maybe it won't? I'd love to get faster download speeds for free, but I don't want to go through a blind trial and error process until I find a "good" DNS server. Which makes me sound cheap AND lazy, but whatever. Is there a better way to do it?

Topic: Internet
Answer this Question


2 total
Vote Up (12)

This article might be useful:

Find Fastest DNS and Optimize Your Internet Speed

"Google recently started a new service called Google Public DNS to help speed up your web browsing. This is an alternative to the DNS provided by your ISP, and other public DNS services like Open DNS, that we covered previously on MakeUseOf. Which of these options best optimize your internet speed? The good news is that you can test this yourself, and don’t need to be misled by anyone’s marketing pitch."

Vote Up (9)

Try benchmarking the DNS servers with something like Domain Name Speed Benchmark. Or just try Google Public DNS.


To really see results, the easiest way is to use a program the was developed by the good people at Northwestern University called namehelp. You can download it from the University website, and there are versions available for Mac, Window, and Linux. From the website: 


"namehelp improves web performance by obtaining more accurate redirections to nearby content delivery network servers.


Basically, namehelp improves your web performance when either you or your ISP uses a remote DNS service."

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part.
Microsoft paid more than $7 billion for Nokia's handset and services business, and the jury is still out as to what it means for its future. In the past quarter it boosted Microsoft's revenue but also ate into its profit.
Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.
Big Switch Networks this week is unveiling an SDN controller designed to bring Google-like hyperscale networking to enterprises.
Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft's revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined.
Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform.
There's a new dating app trying to let in only the most desirable bachelors, by letting women choose who can join.
Researchers have concluded that those billions of connected devices could help save lives in the event of disaster, even one that knocks out the Internet
Three stealthy tracking mechanisms designed to avoid weaknesses in browser cookies pose potential privacy risks to Internet users, a new research paper has concluded.
Yahoo has reached an agreement to acquire Flurry, a mobile analytics company, as part of a push to grow its advertising revenue within its mobile products.

White Papers & Webcasts

See more White Papers | Webcasts

Join us: