No matter how fast your Internet connection is, it’s never fast enough. Here’s a quick way to speed up your Web browsing, no matter at which speed you’re connected to the Internet.
Sometimes no matter how fast your Internet connection, Internet pages seem to load like molasses. You’ll likely blame the problem on your service provider, but they may not be at fault. Sometimes the issue is related to the Domain Name System that controls the way your PC interacts with the Internet in order to get web pages delivered to it.
Here’s a brief primer on how the Domain Name System works. You use the Web by typing in hostnames, such as www.HackerNucleus.com, but web servers and Internet routers can’t understand plain English words, so they need those letters translated into numeric IP addresses. Whenever you type a hostname, it needs to be resolved to its IP address, such as 208.201.293.101. DNS servers provide that name resolution automatically behind the scenes as you surf the Web.
Sometimes, though, those servers can get bogged down. If they’re slow in acting, your page is slow in loading, because your PC has to wait while the hostname is resolved to the numeric IP address.
There’s a simple solution: Use the free OpenDNS service. You can tell your computer to use OpenDNS’s DNS servers rather than the ones your service provider automatically uses.
Note: Using OpenDNS has other benefits in addition to speeding up Web browsing. If the DNS servers your service provider uses go down, you can’t surf the Web normally. However, if they go down and you’re using OpenDNS, you’ll be able to surf normally.
To set up OpenDNS, you’ll need to get to your Internet IP settings. From the Control Panel, select Network and Internet→Network and Sharing Center, then click your Internet connection and select
Properties. Highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/ IPv4)” and click Properties. As shown in Figure, choose “Use the following DNS server addresses” and, in the first box beneath it, type 188.8.131.52; in the second, type 184.108.40.206. Click OK, and then OK again. You’re now using OpenDNS’s servers. (To configure IPv6, open the “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” and click Properties. Select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and type 2620:0:ccc::2 and 2620:0:ccd::2.)
Tell Your Entire Network to use OpenDNS:
Telling an individual PC to use OpenDNS is well and good. But what if you’ve got multiple
PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other devices on your home network? You don’t want to have to perform this step on every one of them. And in some instances, devices
might not give you access to making this kind of change.
There’s a simple solution: You can change your home router’s settings so that all requests
for web pages go through OpenDNS servers.
How you do this varies from router to router, so I can’t include instructions for all of
them. However, the same general rules will apply from router to router, so check your
router’s instructions, and use the following instructions as your guide. I’ll give instructions
for how to make the changes using the popular Linksys WRT-160n router. (You can also head to https://store.opendns.com/setup/router, choose your router, and follow the instructions.)
In a Linksys router, you typically log into the setup screen by opening your browser and going to http://192.168.1.1. When the login screen appears, leave the username blank. In the password section, type admin, and then press Enter. (That’s the default. If you’ve changed the username and password, use those.) You should be on the Basic Setup page. If you’re not, click Setup at the top of the screen, and then click Basic setup.
As shown in Figure, in the “Static DNS 1” box, type 220.127.116.11, and in
the “Static DNS 2 box” type 18.104.22.168. Click Save Settings. That’ll do the trick.
If the router uses a native IPv6 Internet connection and offers DHCPv6, be sure to also
add both IPv6 addresses for the OpenDNS servers: 2620:0:ccc::2 and 2620:0:ccd::2.
Hacking the Hack:
OpenDNS does more for you than just speeding up Web browsing. You can also use it
to filter websites for parental controls. For details, go to http://www.opendns.com and
sign up for the free home service.