Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Finding the fastest DNS to use... locally

While trying to resolve the slowness of our family internet cafe, I came across MacWorld article which tells about finding locally available DNS numbers to use near your geographic location. This DNS ("Domain Name System") thing kept ringing on my ears at work as well. Well, in the office - we do have problems regarding our ISP's DNS and it keeps on getting worse :-(

Prior to writing this supplementary article about this DNS thingy, I've been a fan of mixed cocktails of other DNS services like OpenDNS, NortonDNS, and so on. Went testing OpenDNS before and deploying it in a faith-based private hospital in Cebu, Philippines as well to a couple of organizations that I have performed consultancy projects. As for OpenDNS, I was able to do (as I've already said "cocktail" mix-up) together with some Linksys router restriction setup. The byproduct was a Conficker-free, malware and phish-free network that made an ease out of my work as a former Systems Administrator. At the same time, increasing working productivity by blocking certain restrictions on web browsing, etc. In short, non-essential things that aren't included in your usual job description which you're trying to include.

Now back to the finding a local DNS service thingy, here's a screenshot of namebench - a program which I've downloaded within Google Code that looks for DNS providers globally, as well as those near you. Well, since I live in the Philippine - I do need one here. Not necessarily the one my ISP assigned.

Now here's the end product screenshot of namebench - a clearer view of what should I have been using as my DNS numbers for all these times.

Trying namebench...

For those who want to test their ISP assigned DNS numbers, as well the possibility of finding a DNS number better than what their ISP has assigned them, namebench is readily available for downloading. To download, just click here.

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