How to Get Faster Internet Speed Using DNS Hack

dns-hack-faster-internetShort Bytes:  There are times when your internet connection is fine but you’re still not able to open any website. One of the possible causes could be the issues with your ISP’s DNS server. Configuring a custom DNS server on your make contribute to make your internet faster and load websites quickly.

There are many ways to get a faster internet speed in Microsoft Windows. Today, I am going to show you a simple DNS hack that can speed up your web browsing considerably. Before that, I need to remind you an obvious thing that happens with most of us when we are using a slow internet connection.

The only thing we blame is our Internet Service Provider (ISP) for slow internet connection, but this isn’t the only case all the time. Sometimes, the problem is related to the default DNS (Domain Name System) used by the ISP. So, let me explain you something about DNS before telling you the method to get a faster internet speed.

What is DNS?

DNS – Domain Name System – is a naming system that is used to convert the domain names into IP addresses. The domain names are usually alphanumeric for us to remember quickly, but in actuality, the Internet works on IP addresses. The DNS server, for a domain name, returns its corresponding IP address when requested by your computer (client).

The DNS has a network of its own i.e. one DNS server can ask other DNS servers about translating a particular domain name to its corresponding IP address till it gets the correct result.

Computers and other devices make use of IP address to route the traffic, and it is very much similar to dialing a phone number. DNS acts as an intelligent operator that helps us bypass the infinite address book of IP addresses. Your DNS manages this enormous task. You can read more about DNS and how it works in our detailed post.

How an Alternative DNS Service Will Speed Up Your Browsing?

As I mentioned earlier, your tortoise-like internet speed isn’t always your Internet Service Provider’s fault. Instead, it may be because of an inefficient DNS server. So why not use an alternative DNS service? As the present web pages continue to become more and more complicated by inculcating innumerable things, clients go for multiple DNS lookups for rendering one single web page. With the internet blowing up size by the clock, the existing DNS infrastructure is under more load each day.

Now, I’ll tell you to use free public DNS services that will ask your computer to use custom DNS servers instead of the default DNS server from your ISP. It will help you to get a faster internet speed.

Recommended: What is DNS (Domain Name System) and How it Works?

How To Speed Up Web Browsing Using DNS Hack?

To get faster internet speed, I’d like to tell you about OpenDNS. You can also use Google DNS for speeding up your internet. OpenDNS is one of the most popular free DNS services that was started to provide an alternative method to the users who weren’t satisfied with their existing DNS servers.

How to configure OpenDNS in Microsoft Windows?

By following the steps mentioned below, you can set OpenDNS as the preferred DNS server in Microsoft Windows. This will allows various applications to perform nslookup using OpenDNS rather than your ISP’s default DNS servers.

  1. To get a faster internet speed using OpenDNS, open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Here, click the name of the network connection, be it WiFi or Ethernet.
    Get Faster Internet 1
  4. On the next window that pops, click Properties.
    Get Faster Internet 2
  5. Click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
    Get Faster Internet 3
  6. Now click Use the following DNS server addresses radio button and enter the addresses given below to get a faster internet speed:
    Preferred DNS server: 208.67.222.222
    Alternate DNS server: 208.67.220.220
    If you want, you can interchange these addresses. Click OK to save and continue.
    Get Faster Internet 4

Now, you are using OpenDNS’s servers now which helps you to get a faster internet speed.

How to configure IPv6 custom DNS:

Since the adoption of IPv6 addresses is on the rise, it’s time you should configure iPv6 DNS servers as well. Highlight the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click Properties.

Choose the following DNS server addresses:

  • Preferred DNS server: 2620:0:ccc::2
  • Alternate DNS server: 2620:0:ccd::2

How to configure Google Public DNS in Microsoft Windows?

Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers in step 6.

For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.

For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844

Conclusion

In a nutshell, OpenDNS, Google DNS are reduce the time taken to resolve the domain name on the web and make the internet faster in the process. Obviously, it won’t increase the maximum available bandwidth for your connection. Moreover, they are more reliable than the default ones used by your ISP. Do I need to mention one of them is maintained by Google? These custom DNS servers face downtime, due to power outages or some other hardware issues, less often.

Both Google DNS and OpenDNS work just fine but people prefer Google DNS these days. You can choose to go for any of these and see if your internet speeds up.

Did you like this method to get a faster internet speed using simple DNS hack? Drop your thoughts and feedback.

Also Read: How To Get Faster Internet Connection Speed – The Complete Guide
Arpit Verma

Arpit Verma

fossBytes co-founder and an entrepreneur who is in love with budding technologies. A tech enthusiast and a guy who loves to play games and have a good time with his friends!

0 thoughts on “How to Get Faster Internet Speed Using DNS Hack”

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    i do not recommend open DNS servers cause most of them from unknown sources plus we dont know how secure they r from DNS attacks specially DNS poisoning & how hard r they secured they wont be secure as the ISP servers. I think it is better to be alittle bit slow than being vulnerable to fraud pr phishing beside most of the internet users transact cash on the internet so it wont be secure at all

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    If a ping is 1 ms!, does it mean the DNS response is the fastest..
    since Ping tool sends a packet and it takes time.. is it related to the DNS ?
    And what if we started accessing websites using their IP addresses, without their domain names..So now we left DNS without a JOB right ?!..
    and this should be the fastest way to access a website right ?

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    GoogleDNS is lot better and secure than this
    The Google Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are as follows:
    8.8.8.8
    8.8.4.4
    The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:
    2001:4860:4860::8888
    2001:4860:4860::8844

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    Inaccurate information.. DNS does not speed up web browsing. DNS data is stored in the DNS cache server base on TTL, thus the latency only for the first DNS query for 0 TTL and the rest will be return by cache server usually in 0-10 ms. So it is good to contact your local/internal cache server instead of pointing to external cache server. 2cents.

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    just use dns jumper…it has tons of dns’ and it automatically will configure the fastes dns for you and yes google’s dns 8.8…is in the list including open vpn amongs others

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    I’ve been using a dns cache to speed up requests on a network I manage (hopefully I will have more than a thousand devices on it soon), the fastest and only dns I use now is….87.118.111.215 it is faster than googles 8.8.8.8/8.8.8.4 and faster than all the service providers I’ve tried.

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    I have 1 Gigabits per second bandwidth, If i follow this will my downloading speed increase more or not, most of the times I got 70-90 MegaBytes per second download speed through IDM.

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    even if you put dns ip address in the pc or laptop deosnt work , because the router in you home or whatever have dns server of the company that they give you publice @ ip so you cant change dns ip in the machine

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    90% of home users are using some sort of broadband connection, and DOCSIS 2 and higher require a fronloaded cache of top-level domain information. How could using public DNS servers possibly be faster? Your claim doesn’t make any sense. You can get your DNS information from the ISP you’re hooked up to, or you can query the internet for it. Which sounds faster to you?

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    about the STEP 6… Google DNS:
    Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers in step 6.
    For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844

    where will i put these IP addresses? can u make a screen shot too? thanks!

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    I have several devices connected to my new wireless Linksys WRT router How would I configure this to run these newer DNS settings for all my devices? I use Atlantic Broad Band, PA for my service and let me tell you it does goes down quite often and the phone service; I use (Cable Modem) would these new settings help me with this issue?

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    i do not recommend open DNS servers cause most of them from unknown sources plus we dont know how secure they r from DNS attacks specially DNS poisoning & how hard r they secured they wont be secure as the ISP servers. I think it is better to be alittle bit slow than being vulnerable to fraud pr phishing beside most of the internet users transact cash on the internet so it wont be secure at all

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    I think this article is misleading at best. Changing DNS servers will not increase your Internet speed. Less utilized DNS server could possibly make sites slightly more responsive , But modern operating systems are going to cache DNS records locally for some time anyway

    1. Third-party DNS servers may be faster than ISP’s DNS servers, not guaranteed — it depends on your location and how close the 3rd-party DNS servers are to you, and how slow your ISP’s DNS servers are. If you care about is speed, you may see an advantage from switching to a third-party DNS server — or you may not. To be sure, you should run a DNS benchmarking tool like Namebench, which will make DNS requests to your current DNS server and other DNS servers, testing how long each server takes to respond.

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    Thats a very old trick, i would suggest using google dns instead of provided one above.

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    I only use openDNS as the alternate along with google DNS as the primary. Just incase google DNS ever goes down. And it has before but, never effected me.

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    If a ping is 1 ms!, does it mean the DNS response is the fastest..
    since Ping tool sends a packet and it takes time.. is it related to the DNS ?
    And what if we started accessing websites using their IP addresses, without their domain names..So now we left DNS without a JOB right ?!..
    and this should be the fastest way to access a website right ?

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    I think you have mistaken open DNS servers with OpenDNS. They are suggesting that you use OpenDNS a cloud-delivered DNS security service. OpenDNS is one of the leaders in DNS security. FireEye, InfoBlox, RSA, Check Point, Aruba Networks are just a few of the security companies running on OpenDNS backend systems

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    I also found this article quite misleading. When you use open DNS, many of the sites won’t load. It happened in my case. What I do is use goodle dns server in my router DHCP settings. It at least makes the Google services more available to me.

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      @tech R: The article is not misleading but our knowledge to understand it. Open DNS has blacklisted many IP’s because of security reasons so we can’t access it. This can happen with any DNS server even some companies DNS server do the same and we were unable to open many sites. If you want to access those site you probably need to go with google DNS or your ISP’s DNS server settings.

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    GoogleDNS is lot better and secure than this
    The Google Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are as follows:
    8.8.8.8
    8.8.4.4
    The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:
    2001:4860:4860::8888
    2001:4860:4860::8844

  20. Avatar

    Inaccurate information.. DNS does not speed up web browsing. DNS data is stored in the DNS cache server base on TTL, thus the latency only for the first DNS query for 0 TTL and the rest will be return by cache server usually in 0-10 ms. So it is good to contact your local cache server instead of pointing to external cache server. 2cents.

  21. Avatar

    Inaccurate information.. DNS does not speed up web browsing. DNS data is stored in the DNS cache server base on TTL, thus the latency only for the first DNS query for 0 TTL and the rest will be return by cache server usually in 0-10 ms. So it is good to contact your local/internal cache server instead of pointing to external cache server. 2cents.

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    just use dns jumper…it has tons of dns' and it automatically will configure the fastes dns for you and yes google's dns 8.8…is in the list including open vpn amongs others

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    if I’m using open DNS, and my service provider is down, open DNS will give me access to surf the net, this access will be free? since its not from my service provider

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    A great article and some really good advice ,OpenDNS is wonderful ,everyone should use it

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    This is a good thing for people on Frontier. When you try to get to an invalid website, they redirect you to their suggestions. And they have been causing a problem getting to Windows Updates. I was pulling my hair out until I changed my DNS servers. They’re ‘working’ on it.

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    Third-party DNS servers may be faster than ISP’s DNS servers, not guaranteed — it depends on your location and how close the 3rd-party DNS servers are to you, and how slow your ISP’s DNS servers are. If you care about is speed, you may see an advantage from switching to a third-party DNS server — or you may not. To be sure, you should run a DNS benchmarking tool like Namebench, which will make DNS requests to your current DNS server and other DNS servers, testing how long each server takes to respond.

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    Great bit of information. I set up the DNS information and immediately saw an improvement.

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    I've been using a dns cache to speed up requests on a network I manage (hopefully I will have more than a thousand devices on it soon), the fastest and only dns I use now is….87.118.111.215 it is faster than googles 8.8.8.8/8.8.8.4 and faster than all the service providers I've tried.

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    I have 1 Gigabits per second bandwidth, If i follow this will my downloading speed increase more or not, most of the times I got 70-90 MegaBytes per second download speed through IDM.

  30. Avatar

    even if you put dns ip address in the pc or laptop deosnt work , because the router in you home or whatever have dns server of the company that they give you publice @ ip so you cant change dns ip in the machine

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    fossBytes I have 1 Gigabits per second bandwidth, If i follow this will my downloading speed increase more or not, most of the times I got 70-90 MegaBytes per second download speed through IDM.

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    In Venezuela, in January of 2015 the main ISP called CANTV, their DNS servers fell down and the all country had not internet about 3 days. Only the persons with an alternative DNS could surf on the web

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    hey im from india n i wanna test the ur this no 87.118.111.215 but im a bit confused as it asks for preferred and alternate so acording to ur fastest connection what should i enter nos. in ipv4 and 6 both .
    can u help me out here?

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    That is interesting that sometimes you can get fast internet service just by upgrading your DNS. Maybe I will try this out on my laptop. I noticed some of the people below mentioned that this might cause some security issues though. Perhaps I will call my internet service provider and see what they suggest.
    https://www.rtconline.com/?page_id=367

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