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Old 20. Nov 2009, 04:54 AM   #29 (permalink)
Brendan Bryson
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Originally Posted by kendall View Post
Brendan, I would be more interested in the details of how you did this. What DNS servers did you ping and how? Please be specific.
Hi there I will list all the DNS that I have tried and try give a brief description of how I found them.

These are all level 3 dns, they have been around for a long time and use anycast which makes for a very resilient dns which is distributed evenly across the network.

If you use mobile broadband this is the way to go.

Open DNS which is much safer than other dns and also faster for some people. The only thing with this is that even thought it does use anycast servers are not located near some areas so you would not benifit on using open dns for speed if you stay far from there server.

Secure DNS (Comodo) basiclly the same as Open DNS. I get a slightly better ping with this so this is what I use.

My ISP DNS which gets around a 60ms ping average so not as good as Open DNS or secure DNS

These are dns servers in different areas.


Here are some other DNS servers

Sprintlink General DNS


There are loads online to chose from.

What I do is I ping them using the comand promt like this

C:\Documents and Settings\PC>ping

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=53
Reply from bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=53
Reply from bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=53
Reply from bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=53

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 32ms, Maximum = 32ms, Average = 32ms

And you get your average ping. I do the ping test 2 times so that the server address is in my cache.

there are a few programs out there that claim to do this for you but beware some are malware.

Do a google search for public dns servers list and you will find loads more. I only recommend Open DNS and Secure DNS for safety and have heard that Secure DNS is the best but it all depends how close you are to the serer for quicker responses.

This is my take on the whole dns situation anyway. If you really want super fast dns then you may want to look into running your own caching server which has benefits but like all thins it has downsides as well. Anything else you want to know I would be happy to share.


Last edited by Brendan Bryson; 20. Nov 2009 at 05:07 AM.
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