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Free Public DNS Servers from Google!
Free Public DNS Servers from Google!

Free Public DNS Servers from Google!

Read an article about this this morning, was just announced today.
I have started to use it on my 3 mobile broadband dongle and everything seems to load much 'zippier'.! Had tried the OpenDNS.com servers to help things along from the seemingly congested ISP offering... not to much avail. (perhaps a victim of their own success?)

If they make any difference to you is subjective to what you are using currently traffic/ traffic shaping etc... Google say items such as 'prefetching' and massive high level server farms will help move things along a wee bit faster.

DNS Servers are at:
8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

See a Google-based overview from 'go to deal' button
Link to user guide in post 2 and privacy policy, which begs us to believe they are angels!
A better connecting web improves google's margins after all !?

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Am interested to see anyone else's feedback on whether this has made any difference to their browsing times...

What's the deal for google in provide DNS services?

I can't see what they want achieve with this.... :thinking:

heated for image... is this like openDNS?

roberto.alves;7107867

What's the deal for google in provide DNS services?I can't see what they … What's the deal for google in provide DNS services?I can't see what they want achieve with this.... :thinking:



At the moment they track and store details of all your searches, this enables them to track and store details of every site you visit so keeping more information about YOU

will this give you a different IP address?

punkrjb;7108543

will this give you a different IP address?



No

punkrjb;7108502

heated for image... is this like openDNS?



Yes it's an Open DNS.

I don't mind google gaining information on me as long as I get something in return.

I've long ago ditched my ISPs DNS servers (or at least had them lower down the stack)

I'm up for trying them.

Noticeable speed increase whilst surfing, thanks.

Faster here too (for now!), thanks

"Seems" quicker. Thanks OP

I used to use OpenDNS but their custom search engine which used to pop up when I mistyped something was a little annoying.

Now with Google DNS, anything you type in the address bar is taken straight to Google search which I prefer. thanks for sharing it!

I was getting some issues with BE's own DNS servers, so I moved to OpenDNS and that sorted things out.

Going to give this a try to see whether it's noticeably better.

cheers m8,it does seem to work very well

I've been using OpenDNS for years. Would also like to hear if people have better experiences with this.

I particularly like the "refresh cache" feature of OpenDNS which is very handy to quickly access a DNS change I've just made. Does Google support this too?

Is there an idiots guide to setting this up anywhere?
Edit.
Whoops should have clicked the link first!
It's all there

Hi everyone! I just made the changes but I cant go on to 18.62.1.6/ for testing. For testing Step 1 works but not step 2. However, I'm not sure if I should bother with step 2 if step 1 works...help?

well it works at least, cant say its noticeably faster right now.

Working good, cheers

Wow it really is loads quicker thanks,

Noticeably faster for me. Heat and rep to OP.

Umillion;7116566

Hi everyone! I just made the changes but I cant go on to … Hi everyone! I just made the changes but I cant go on to http://18.62.1.6/ for testing. For testing Step 1 works but not step 2. However, I'm not sure if I should bother with step 2 if step 1 works...help?



Do you not see something like this:
Are you looking for the MIT EECS Web site?

It is eecs.mit.edu. Please change your bookmark accordingly.

If your browser is suitably equipped, you will be redirected there in 15 seconds.

Just did a ping test (on ping.eu) to see which DNS server out of my ISPs (Virgin media), Google and Open DNS was fastest. Google won with OpenDNS then Virgin media following...
Here's the results:

Ping test for Google DNS server 8.8.8.8

--- PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 bytes from … --- PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=1 ttl=248 time=3.07 ms64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=2 ttl=248 time=2.46 ms64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=3 ttl=248 time=2.29 ms64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=4 ttl=248 time=2.77 ms--- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics ---packets transmitted 4received 4packet loss 0 %time 3002 ms--- Round Trip Time (rtt) ---min 2.290 ms>>>> avg 2.649 ms max 3.072 msmdev 0.301 ms



Ping test for OpenDNS server 208.67.222.222

--- PING 208.67.222.222 (208.67.222.222) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 … --- PING 208.67.222.222 (208.67.222.222) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_seq=1 ttl=59 time=7.32 ms64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_seq=2 ttl=59 time=7.28 ms64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_seq=3 ttl=59 time=7.28 ms64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_seq=4 ttl=59 time=7.29 ms--- 208.67.222.222 ping statistics ---packets transmitted 4received 4packet loss 0 %time 3002 ms--- Round Trip Time (rtt) ---min 7.280 ms>>>> avg 7.297 ms max 7.323 msmdev 0.016 ms



Ping test for Virgin Media DNS server 194.168.8.100

--- PING 194.168.8.100 (194.168.8.100) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 bytes … --- PING 194.168.8.100 (194.168.8.100) 56(84) bytes of data. ---64 bytes from 194.168.8.100: icmp_seq=1 ttl=246 time=26.2 ms64 bytes from 194.168.8.100: icmp_seq=2 ttl=246 time=26.2 ms64 bytes from 194.168.8.100: icmp_seq=3 ttl=246 time=27.0 ms64 bytes from 194.168.8.100: icmp_seq=4 ttl=246 time=26.6 ms--- 194.168.8.100 ping statistics ---packets transmitted 4received 4packet loss 0 %time 3002 ms--- Round Trip Time (rtt) ---min 26.261 ms>>>> avg 26.541 ms max 27.000 msmdev 0.297 ms

Set up as google says but after a short period of time of working perfect it disconnects from the web and will not work again until i reverse the changes to VM's automatic settings? does this need to be done on the router too?

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jamhops;7118940

Set up as google says but after a short period of time of working perfect … Set up as google says but after a short period of time of working perfect it disconnects from the web and will not work again until i reverse the changes to VM's automatic settings? does this need to be done on the router too?



put the dns servers into the router and tell the OS to use the routers' IP address as the DNS server :thumbsup:

jamhops;7118940

Set up as google says but after a short period of time of working perfect … Set up as google says but after a short period of time of working perfect it disconnects from the web and will not work again until i reverse the changes to VM's automatic settings? does this need to be done on the router too?



Yes, you need to set up your router to use the Google DNS servers too,.

edit: beaten to it

thanks, i'll give em a try :thumbsup:

Working well, does seem to be faster but it could be that im kidding myself and I really want it to be super fast.

I dunno. Heat anyway

abarthman;7115380

I was getting some issues with BE's own DNS servers, so I moved to … I was getting some issues with BE's own DNS servers, so I moved to OpenDNS and that sorted things out.Going to give this a try to see whether it's noticeably better.



yeh I'm with o2 (same as BE) and had loads of issues. google has made it miles faster

quicker for me too, not done the router yet, will do that tomorrow

:-D

Seen this the other day also

quicker...thanks.....short technical class.....

Pardon my ignorance, but as a network admin of 10 years I've never noticed any noticable 'delay' in DNS as part of fetching a URL and people are talking here about ping time differences to DNS servers of milliseconds?

How on earth are people accurately timing these differences when changing the DNS server?

Anyone can use any public DNS server. What is special about Google's?

DNS is DNS - updates don't generally propagate faster to certain servers. Even if they did you'd get a success or fail, not a slow response.

I'm sure I've missed something here?

Original Poster

MKultra;7125141

Pardon my ignorance, but as a network admin of 10 years I've never … Pardon my ignorance, but as a network admin of 10 years I've never noticed any noticable 'delay' in DNS as part of fetching a URL and people are talking here about ping time differences to DNS servers of milliseconds?How on earth are people accurately timing these differences when changing the DNS server?Anyone can use any public DNS server. What is special about Google's?DNS is DNS - updates don't generally propagate faster to certain servers. Even if they did you'd get a success or fail, not a slow response.I'm sure I've missed something here?



press the 'go to deal' button :thinking:

For me it's not the ping time that makes the difference it's how quickly my system gets the address translation (and how much more reliably) .

The real timing should be from request to response (not ping response) not sure how you meassure that other than I know it's perceptable between gfood and bad DNS servers.

P.S. for those that asked earlier DNS is a service that translates what we call sites (i.e. HotUkDeals.com) into what the computers actually use to communicate with it (its IP address).

If your ISPs DNS server isn't working you won't be able to browse most web pages even if you have connection to the web as your PC won't be able to find out where to go for the location you specified.

google is becoming the bigbrother that everyone thought microsoft was going to be

Weird how things turn out, google was seen as the little guy hero who was taking on microsoft, now they are turning into little monsters who want to spy on you more than even the government does.

YES IT DOES faster

John: I don't think that's true.
Jen: With all due respect John, I am the head of IT and I have it on good authority. If you type "Google" into Google, you can break the Internet. So please, no one try it, even for a joke. (the executives laugh) It's not a laughing matter. You can break the Internet.

c.grex;7121795

yeh I'm with o2 (same as BE) and had loads of issues. google has made it … yeh I'm with o2 (same as BE) and had loads of issues. google has made it miles faster



Hi, i cant see where to do it from on the o2 router, can you point me in the right direction pls?

ignore my request!!

just found this and run it:

o2help.co.uk/rou…ns/
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