Google DNS rocks!

I am trying this out now thanks to this thread.

Speed isn’t much faster for me, if at all, but there is one HUGE benefit for me here (Afghanistan)…it bypasses the DNS blocker that they have on our connection and there aren’t any blocked sites now.




Collecting data about me is totally a waste of effort. I have nothing, I buy nothing, I do nothing. I don’t do chats, I don’t do porn, I know that there is NOTHING secret on the intwarnets…

There is no 100% unbiased news place that they can hide from me, I do not do stuff that means anything to me much less anyone else.

If all the little people play nice, cool, or the big guys play nice, all is good.

I do care about keeping the net free and open to all… We pay enough to stay connected as it is.


Sheesh, why do you even bother with the internet?


I started using it just because earthlink will redirect you to a search page with suggested sites if you type in a bad domain name and I found that to be annoying.
With OpenDNS, my understanding is that I had to open an (free) account with OpenDNS to start using it and I was too lazy to bother. Or Am I wrong?

You do not need to open an account with them to get basic DNS service. I believe that you do have to open an account if you don’t want add pages for non resolving querries.

Now that I think about this I don’t understand how dns accounts work in the real world. I guess they assume that while most people get dynamically assigned IP addresses they tend to get the same address each time. I know I have had the same IP address at home for years now.

Well, it’s fairly easy to measure how fast it is compared to your normal DNS servers. Just run NameBench; it will try out your ISP’s DNS server, Google’s DNS, and a bunch of other public DNS servers (including OpenDNS and UltraDNS), find out which gives the fastest response, and return the result to you in the form of a bunch of nice pretty graphs and tables, along with recommended DNS settings.

Have you tried Apple’s app for scam outrage, iBurningYourDog? <-- is actually a hilarious page on Uncyclopedia.

I just ran this. It told me that OpenDNS was my best option. :slight_smile:

A lot of them work by having you set a cookie in your browser, which is a completely lame version of “opt-out” that doesn’t actually opt you out. I have no idea whether OpenDNS works this way.

What does DNS have to do with cookies? It is not the browser sending DNS requests it is the IP driver that sends them isn’t it? I am not trying to be snarky. I am just curious how cookies could be used to influence the results of DNS requests.

I’ve been using Google DNS for a few days, and it does seem to have sped up browsing a bit.

I have been trying to enter the Google DNS IPs in my router (Linksys WRT600N), but the settings won’t stick, so my PS3 still has to use the DNS’s provided by my ISP.

That’s why it’s a lame, not-really-opt-out solution. What will happen is that your NXDOMAIN requests will still get redirected to the service’s pages, but the webserver you get redirected to sees that you have the magic opt-out cookie and doesn’t serve the ad-laden page. In my ISP’s case, it actually serves me a copy of the IE 404 page.

I run Firefox. On Linux. :dubious:

Well, I’m trying it now, and it’s already made a world of difference. I’m living in an business apartment, and we have shared, wireless internet. It always (always!) sucks this time of day, and I usually resort to tethering my iPhone (thank you, blackra1n). Today was no different. Nothing would load, servers weren’t found, etc. So I plugged in the Google DNS addresses, and now things are running just like normal again.

I also reviewed my Ethernet settings (no ethernet here), and it reminded me that at home I usually use the AT&T DNS servers because Comcast’s suck so bad. So, no stranger to using non-DCHP servers here!

That is so lame. It give the address not found result only to the one tool that basically doesn’t care, while returning a valid address to everything else. That is pretty lame. Open DNS actually does seem to work correctly for me at home. It reports that it could not find the address instead of giving out a proxy address.

I stated my reason why I believe Google is less likely to abuse any information collected. They have a reputation to uphold and the revenue stream from other sources to do that with.

I don’t know what the revenue model of OpenDNS (as an arbitrary alternative to Google) is, but I assume they sell ads. Without the reputation or revenue of Google I fail to see why they would be less likely to abuse the information they collect. Google may be evil and OpenDNS may be wonderful, I don’t know. Personally I would bet on Google but only because there is more arguments in their favor than a lesser known alternative.

I have tried it and saw perhaps an incremental speed difference - but not enough of one that I will be shouting its praises to all my friends.

If you are worried about privacy, I would recommend reading the privacy policy before making allegations that they will collect and store all your data.

Namebench recommended Google’s DNS over my ISP’s.
350% faster.

Browsing is noticeably faster for me now.