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Boost Internet Speed with DNS

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

DNS stands for Domain Name System. It is basically like a phone book for the internet. When you type web address, the DNS is what gets that website through its IP address. Therefore, it is possible to increase the connection speed using faster DNS servers. Here is how you can do this.

Step 1- Perform an Internet Speed Test

Before you start, test out your current internet speed. Go to []. Next, perform a download and an upload test.

Step 2- Download the DNS Benchmark Tool

The next thing to do is to download the DNS benchmark tool. Go to [] to download the DNS tool. The download should take no more than a few seconds, because the file size is only about 150 KB.

Step 3- Run the Benchmark Test


After the download process is completed, click on the icon and start the program. Next, go to the “Nameservers” tab and then select “Run Benchmark” on the right hand corner. The benchmark run should take about 2-5 minutes to complete.


This what the colors in the benchmark results mean:

Red Bar: Time it takes to load cache pages
Green Bar: Time it takes to load regular pages
Blue bar: Time it takes to load “.com” pages.

Now, it is best to choose the DNS server that has the shortest regular and dot com load times.

Step 4- Changing DNS servers

To change your DNS, go to the control panel, and then go to the network sharing center. Now select your net work connections and select “properties”. Then select Internet protocol version 4 and select “properties” again.

In Windows 7: Go to the control panel, and then go to Network and Internet and select “View network status and tasks” under the Network and Sharing Center heading. Now click “Local Area Connection” and select “properties”. Select internet protocol version 4 and select “properties” again.

Then select “use the following DNS server address” and copy and paste your chosen DNS address into both slots and save settings. Now go back to to check out your increased connection speed!


If you want to go back to the way things were, just repeat the same steps and re-select “Obtain DNS server address automatically“.

~Jean-Baptiste Juderson

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