Google DNS: Something that you might want to try

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Google DNS: Something that you might want to try

What is a DNS server? In layman’s terms it translates internet addresses into IP addresses.

Each computer on the internet has an IP address which is a set of numbers, for example Google’s is 64.233.181.147. Being humans, it’s often hard to remember such numbers so a DNS makes it possible to use words such as ‘google.com’ to point the computer to the numerical IP address.

Malaysian ISPs use DNS also as a censoring mechanism by blocking certain sites from their DNS servers hence if you type ‘gutteruncensored.com’ it would refuse to load the site due to its pornographic and politically sensitive nature. To ensure you get unfettered access to all sites and possibly faster performance (I do), the best DNS servers I have found are Google’s DNS which are at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

For full instructions on how to use them, you can click here.

You can also try OpenDNS but its servers are not located near Malaysia, hence performance wouldn’t be as great. Google has the advantage of having DNS servers in every geographical region.

0 Comments

  1. adam7979 says:

    lol nice ip, if today is the first of april i’d just take it as a joke!

  2. Haris says:

    I ran namebench http://code.google.com/p/namebench/ a few days ago and it decided that Singnet’s 165.21.100.88 and P1’s 122.255.96.132 are the best to use for me. Performance-wise, it does feel a bit faster than Streamyx’s regular DNS, but that’s probably just confirmation bias.

    Bypassing censorship is probably the best reason to use Google’s DNS instead.

  3. ADiB says:

    Good info, thanks!
    I’m applying it right now, and its working fine!

    ( ^_^ )

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