Speed up Internet Access with OpenDNS
There are a lot of tweaks around to speed up your internet access but today I’d like to share one that includes many other features you won’t believe you lived without.When you enter a web address into your browser you don’t go directly to the destination. The text based web address is first submitted to a DNS(Domain Name System) service. A DNS service converts this friendly text name URL to a numeric address that might look something like 192.168.1.112. Once you receive your web page, every component on the web page that includes a web address must also go through the DNS to convert the address before rendering the image or other object on the page.
The DNS you’re using is determined by your local ISP. If you’re using Verizon, Road Runner, Comcast or dialup, they pick the DNS for you. Did you know you can actually pick your own DNS. The results may be faster browsing and some custom features including the ability to filter unwanted websites.I’ve been using the DNS service, OpenDNS and I’m very happy with their speed and service. You can learn more at https://www.opendns.com/
For the average user the DNS can be changed for just one computer or you can make a change to your router so it all the computers in your home or office will benefit from a single step.To make the change on a single computer here are the screens for Windows XP modification. Open up your Network device and select the Properties for the Internet Protocol.
Next just choose to use your own DNS and enter the IP address for OpenDNS. The magic numbers are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
Instructions are provided on the OpenDNS website to change other operating systems and they also have instructions on how to just make a single change on your router. Click Get Started and see what you think. You’ll need to create an account to benefit from the custom features.
Click to Get StartedSpeeding up internet access is a plus but you’ll find many other advantages in using OpenDNS. One popular feature is the ability to block complete categories of web sites. You can still add sites to a white list if one of your favorite sites is included in one of the categories.
There’s more! How about Internet Shortcut? Type in a single word intoyour browser and OpenDNS will return the web site you specify.
My current personal shortcuts.
Update: Thanks to Jeber to pointing me to another OpenDNS post.
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