Everyone would like to browse faster and faster. Google has started a new venture to help people around the globe to browse faster than ever before. They have done this by launching their own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS. Till now there was only one popular DNS service Open DNS. OpenDNS services are normally used by ISPs to block certain websites, load websites faster and provide more security. But most often it ends up in certain configuration problems. We earlier covered a method to remove OpenDNS hijacking from Firefox. Though it useful to have a DNS service, it would redirect our typos and searches to their website. This was the problem associated with OpenDNS. A simple typo will take us to the OpenDNS search result page. Since the Public DNS service is from Google, the URL typos would get re-directed to Google search results. And this is something what we need. Google servers are faster and they are able to provide effective malware warning* on websites. So here is a comparison between Google Public DNS and OpenDNS in configuration.
What is DNS?
DNS means Domain Name System. It can be considered as a system that converts easy to remember domain names like www.mobiclue.com into unique IP (Internet Protocol) numbers (eg: 22.214.171.124) that computers use to communicate with each other.
How to configure DNS in your Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine.
DNS configuration on Windows 7– Control Panel >View network status and tasks (under Network and Internet)>Change adapter settings>Right click on network connection and take properties>Select TCP/IPv4>Click on properties button>Change preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server.
DNS configuration on Windows Vista– Control Panel > Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Manage network connections > Right-click Local Area Connection / Wireless Network Connection > Click Properties > Select Networking tab > Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > Click Properties > Replace Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server.
DNS configuration on Windows XP– Control Panel> Network and internet connections> click network connections> right click the network connection you want to configure and go for its properties> select TCP/IP either in general tab or networking tab and click properties> Change preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server.
Comparison between Google Public DNS and OpenDNS configuration:
Open DNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the internet safer. Open DNS is used by millions of people. Advantages of using Open DNS are: Anti-phishing, Web content filtering, detailed statistics that helps in understanding network traffic, websites load faster due to globally distributed network, anycast routing technology, browser shortcuts, and typoerror correction. With the help of smart cache technology, open DNS users can access the websites which appear down for other users.
OpenDNS configuration :
Configure DNS of your machine as mentioned above. Use preferred DNS server- 126.96.36.199 and alternate DNS server- 188.8.131.52 as shown above.
Google public DNS configuration:
An average internet user performs hundreds of DNS look ups each day. Some pages need multiple DNS look ups. This will reduce the browsing speed considerably. But if you use Google public DNS you can have much faster web-surfing experience which is safer and more reliable too.
Configure DNS of your machine depending on the OS you use as mentioned above. After that use preferred DNS server- 184.108.40.206 and alternate DNS server- 220.127.116.11 as shown above.
Google IP addresses are easier to remember as compared to open DNS. Google public DNS works at lightning fast speed as of now. Try changing the DNS and feel the difference.