How to find the fastest DNS servers with Namebench

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How to find the fastest DNS servers with Namebench

Learn how to find the fastest DNS servers with Namebench. Namebench is an app which will help you to find and recommend the nearest and fastest DNS service available around you. Then, from the recommendation given by Namebench, you can change the DNS server on your computer, Android or iPhone.

I was using a default DNS server provided by my local ISP before I know about this app. And it has already been a while since I use Google DNS to improve my internet connection speed. Even it is not really a significant improvement — I think it is mostly due to my internet plan but overall I can feel the difference.

Google claims that their public DNS is fast and will enhance your internet browsing speed. However:

Note, however, that because nameservers geolocate according to the resolver’s IP address rather than the user’s, Google Public DNS has the same limitations as other open DNS services: that is, the server to which a user is referred might be farther away than one to which a local DNS provider would have referred. This could cause a slower browsing experience for certain sites.

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How to find the fastest DNS servers 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 to complete the installation.

  1. No installation is needed, you can simply download and double-click the file to run it. After that, choose whether you want to include global (like Google DNS) and regional DNS services, your data source (probably Firefox) and the Benchmark Data Selection.
  2. Simply 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Then you can read this post on how to change your DNS server.

Namebench is available for download here.

Note: Namebench will not help change your DNS server automatically after the test. Please read above post carefully to learn how to change your DNS settings.

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