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Old Feb 10th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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DNS settings question

Having a problem with my Rogers home internet. I'm connected over airport and all works just fine. But, randomly it will just grind to a halt and I'll get a message to the effect "could not resolve DNS..". So after doing some reading I found people complaining about Roger's DNS and to use Googles settings (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4). Now where exactly should I put the settings? On each device? On my airport? On my ethernet switch? All of the above?

Would appreciate any advice as this is a very annoying problem and happens at the most inopportune times!
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I'm using google dns too..
but isn't it better to use OpenDNS rather than google? Don't google save all your internet usage for statistics?
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If you want to find the fastest DNS provider, download and run Namebench.

namebench - Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility - Google Project Hosting

Last time I ran it, Rogers was the fastest, so I didn't change it. I've generally not had any issues with Rogers, though have used OpenDNS in the past, mostly when Rogers' inane redirection of mistyped URLs to their own page of sponsored links got to me.

I'm running Namebench again now to see what comes up.
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And the results (for me)...Google DNS is 27% faster than my current (Rogers) DNS - and the fastest of the lot.

So...what the hey, I'll see if I notice any difference.

As for the tracking issue - why would you trust your ISP any more than Google? Rogers already has more info on me than Google does... :p

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