How to improve internet speed with Namebench

Namebench recommended configuration page
How to improve internet speed with Namebench

Learn how to improve your internet speed with Namebench. Namebench is a small app which can help you to find the nearest and fastest DNS server that you can use.

It has been a while since I use Google Public DNS to improve my internet speed. With Google Public DNS, I can feel that there is a significant improvement from my last DNS server which was the default provided by my ISP.

However, here I’m going to show you how to find the fastest DNS server with Namebench. Then you can set up your device with the recommended DNS server and see the improvement by yourself.

Here’s how to do it.


Find the fastest DNS server with Namebench

First, you need download this simple app called Namebench. The download link is available at the end of this post. Go click on the download link and follow the instruction.

  1. Basically, there’s no installation needed, you can simply download and double-click the file to run it.
  2. Choose whether you want to include global (like Google DNS) and regional DNS services, your data source (probably Firefox) and the Benchmark Data Selection.
  3. Hit the Start Benchmark button and Namebench will begin testing the speed for all DNS server available around your area. The test will take a while and you can continue your job while the test running in the background.
  4. Once complete, the result will appear in your default browser as a page of charts and tables. At the top of the page, it tells you whether you are using the fastest service. You can scroll down the list and see the details of each DNS configuration.
  5. At the top right of the page, Namebench will recommend you the best DNS configuration. It includes the detail of the Primary to the Tertiary server settings.

Namebench is available for download here.

Note: Namebench will not help change your DNS server automatically after the test. Read the following steps to change the DNS server in Windows 10.

Change DNS server in Windows 10

Windows 10 DNS Server settings
Windows 10 DNS Server settings
  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Network & Internet.
  4. Select Status.
  5. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  6. Select Change adapter settings.
  7. Select the active network.
  8. Select View status of this connection.
  9. Select Properties.
  10. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4).
  11. Select Properties.
  12. Click to check Use the following DNS server addresses.
  13. Enter the DNS server in the following option:
    • Preferred DNS server: 
    • Alternate DSN server: 
  14. Click OK to save the changes.

Done. You have successfully setup new DNS in your Windows 10 computer.


The DNS server will surely impact your internet browsing experience. That’s why choosing the best DNS server is important. You’ll be surprise by how much change the DNS server can make.

If you have anything to share, just let me know in the comment below.

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