OpenDNS is an alternative world respected DNS service which you can use instead of your Internet Service Provider’s default.
One of the many benefits of OpenDNS is that you may get faster speeds for DNS tasks and you might get less errors when trying to load new pages or from servers which are moving domains etc.
So what does DNS do?
It’s to do with Domains and IP addresses. When you type in google.com for the first time your computer has no idea where google.com is. You query google.com at your DNS server to get the IP address and all the other information you need to get to it. This rarely takes a second for many people and your computer than caches the result to save querying it again for speed reasons.
What’s wrong with my DNS already? Well there might not be any problems, but if your suffering from slow speeds this may help.
Most ISP’s give you some crappy DNS which slowly updates. This means that if you register a domain it really can be upto 48 hours before YOU can use that domain because it’s going to take that long for your DNS to update. OpenDNS on the other hand… For me registering new .co.cc domains I have access with in 30 minutes
OpenDNS is totally free, and all you need to do is edit your network settings to use a preferred DNS server and enter the primary and alternative IP address.
Head over to your default network connection, that you use to connect to the internet. (On Windows Vista you can usually get there by going to your network sharing center and then hitting View Status on your connection.
In the dialog head over to Properties for that connection.
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then choose Properties.
In the properties dialog for the IPv4 connection… towards the bottom you should have your DNS related stuff. Given the choice to Obtain the DNS server automatically and manually entering them for yourself.
Choose to Manually enter:
Preferred DNS Server: 22.214.171.124
Alternative DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
Choose OK, Save settings… Your all done!
To ensure you get fresh results:
Open CMD (Start then RUN, then type cmd and enter)
type: ipconfig /flushdns
You will get a notice saying the DNS resolver cache has been successfully flushed.
You will not get new DNS results from OpenDNS.