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Old 15. Aug 2009, 04:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I've spent time trying out each of the 3 alternative DNS services mentioned in this thread.

Based on nothing more than my personal perception when browsing (I'm based in the UK), here's my conclusion :-

Although there's very little in it, DNS Advantage seemed fastest, followed by OpenDNS, with Comodo Secure DNS slowest.

From what I can tell (and have found to read), OpenDNS has most security features, followed by Comodo DNS, with DNS Advantage coming in last.

All 3 gave me no technical or site specific problems during my usual browsing habits.

So I've chosen to go with OpenDNS for now.
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Old 15. Aug 2009, 05:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks for the useful info. In terms of speed I find Comdo quicker but again I'm in Brazil so there are no OpenDNS servers close to my location. The other issue I had with OpenDNS was that because my ISP issues dynamic addresses I had to update the conection details every time to save my preferences. The OpenDNS updater which I downloaded from their site flat refused to run with Windows many times despite being set like this and included as an entry in "Starter" too. Sometimes it wouldn't run manually either. Because of this mainly and because I also trust Comodo to be on top of the lastest security issues (blind faith?) then I've chosen to stick with them.
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Old 16. Aug 2009, 04:07 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I also have a dynamic IP.
When I originally started using OpenDNS I didn't bother registering an account (just accepted their default settings were good enough for my purposes). However I have registered since, but I was reluctant to have yet another app running on my PC at startup (serving an only occasional purpose), so I've decided to monitor my IP address and reconfigure OpenDNS as and when it changed. With my particular ISP it turns out my home IP address hasn't changed in months! So it looks like I can easily do without the OpenDNS Updater anyway.
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Yes, this would appear to be an easier option for you. The trouble I have here is that sometimes on a bad signal day (which is often!) my wireless can go down on several occasions resulting in a new IP being issued each time. I wasn't so much bothered about the extra resource use with the OpenDNS updater, just the fact that sometimes it just didn't plain work Plus, I have Melih's email address so by using Comodo if something's not right I can bend his ears directly
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Old 18. Aug 2009, 09:44 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any knowledge or experience about this (other than what they've read on Comodo's website )

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http://www.comodo.com/secure-dns/
its simple, you just add comodos DNS server address to windows built in TCPIP settings or on your Router DNS section. They have servers all over the world so the ping is very quick, plus their servers are very efficient, and secure as well, so that DNS information sent to Comodo, vs your ISP. Some people find it faster than their own ISP's DNS servers. For me its a little bid slower.

Try and see what you think
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Old 18. Aug 2009, 01:13 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Thanks Julia, I actually decided to use it soon after I made the original post. I returned to OpenDNS briefly but then went back to Comodo. I must say I'm very happy with both the speed of service and the reliability. I've not always been too kind towards Comodo in the past regarding their product development, but I'm still a fan and somehow feel safer by using this service.
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Old 19. Aug 2009, 04:23 AM   #27 (permalink)
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According to this software: http://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm, my ISP's DNS is the fastest. It isn't the most secure of course.

What did surprise me is that DNS Advantage and Comodo Secure DNS were very similar in speed and near the top, but OpenDNS is the fifth slowest.

Guess I'll be switching, since I don't use OpenDNS for anything other than blocking malware sites.
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Old 19. Aug 2009, 04:14 PM   #28 (permalink)
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According to this software: http://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm, my ISP's DNS is the fastest. It isn't the most secure of course.

What did surprise me is that DNS Advantage and Comodo Secure DNS were very similar in speed and near the top, but OpenDNS is the fifth slowest.

Guess I'll be switching, since I don't use OpenDNS for anything other than blocking malware sites.
Nice tool! - thanks for pointing it out.

My results (fastest first) :-

1) My ISP (servers 1 + 2)
2) OpenDNS (servers 1 + 2)
3) DNS Advantage (server 2)
4) Comodo DNS (servers 1 + 2)
5) DNS Advantage (server 1)

Interestingly both Comodo Secure DNS and DNS Advantage are owned by Neustar which is presumably why they are so close in response times. I wonder if they also share the same levels of security in that case?

So I'm satisfied with my choice of OpenDNS but obviously the benchmarking tool proved my feeling for their relative speeds in use, was wrong.
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Old 19. Aug 2009, 05:46 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Im confused by the stats.
i found 203.55.230.105 and 203.55.230.104 iinet to be a lot faster than opendns or comodo dns
should I swap over? can someone check it out and give me suggestions?
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Old 19. Aug 2009, 06:18 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I removed all the default addresses from the tool and just ran it for the 3 mentioned in this thread plus my own ISP. Reason being that I am more interested in using a DNS that offers added security by blocking know malicious sites rather than merely the fastest. Also, people in different locations worldwide will get results that vary.
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