Speed up your internet by using the fastest dns servers

The speed of your internet browsing depends on the dns servers to a certain extent. Whenever a url is opened in the browser, the browser has to first perform a dns request to get the ip address of that particular url's domain name. For example www.google.com. It is only after the ip address is found, can the browser proceed further with loading the web page by sending http requests.

So the speed factor depends on how fast the dns server responds with the ip details. Now it is understood that the browser/system already knows the ip address of the dns servers (otherwise how would it contant them). The most commonly used dns servers are :

1. Opendns - 208.67.222.222
2. Google dns - 8.8.8.8
3. Your isp's dns servers

The main factor on which the speed of the dns server depends is, that how far is it from your computer in terms of network hops. If you are somewhere in India, then a server in Singapore will be nearer than a server in the US. This distance can be found out by doing a traceroute to the target system. More the hops, farther away it is.

To measure the speed of the dns server, all that needs to be done is to find out its response time. This can be done very easily using the ping command in the terminal/console. So lets ping each of the dns servers listed above one by one and see their ping response times.

208.67.222.222

$ ping 208.67.222.222
PING 208.67.222.222 (208.67.222.222) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_req=1 ttl=52 time=362 ms
64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_req=3 ttl=52 time=362 ms
64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_req=4 ttl=52 time=362 ms
64 bytes from 208.67.222.222: icmp_req=5 ttl=52 time=362 ms

So the opendns server has a ping response time of 362ms. Ok, lets try the next one.

Google Dns server

$ ping 8.8.8.8
PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_req=1 ttl=57 time=128 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_req=2 ttl=57 time=132 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_req=3 ttl=57 time=127 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_req=4 ttl=57 time=129 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_req=5 ttl=57 time=131 ms

Google dns server have a ping response time of around 130ms average. Now that is nearly 3 times faster than the open dns server. Many articles out there talk about using opendns for improving dns speed, but first the speed has to be tested, since opendns may not always be the fastest one.

My isp dns - 218.248.255.163







$ ping 218.248.255.163
PING 218.248.255.163 (218.248.255.163) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 218.248.255.163: icmp_req=1 ttl=251 time=6.30 ms
64 bytes from 218.248.255.163: icmp_req=2 ttl=251 time=6.16 ms
64 bytes from 218.248.255.163: icmp_req=3 ttl=251 time=6.01 ms
64 bytes from 218.248.255.163: icmp_req=4 ttl=251 time=6.45 ms
64 bytes from 218.248.255.163: icmp_req=5 ttl=251 time=6.25 ms

ISP dns server has a ping response time of around 6.5ms. This is the fastest so far and around 20 times faster than even google dns. This is because this dns server is located very near (may be in same city) to my internet connection.

Last Updated On : 9th May 2013

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3 Comments + Add Comment

  • i am having local isp’s time around 21 ms to 25 ms and google dns time is 575 and more and open DNS time is more than that..what would u suggest. i mean entries on the server and router? i have not put any DNS on router from Google and open DNS is it required? please answer…

    • your router generally gets the dns server ip from the isp when connecting.

      The isp dns will generally be the fastest. If you are not experiencing any dns issues then continue using that.

      I have google dns ping time of 90ms so I use it. Changing dns servers would not really improve the connection speed unless your current dns servers are having issues.

  • i live in goa can you recommend me a dns. i dont know how to ping and how to change the dns so please explain me that to.

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