Tweak Your DNS Settings to Speed Up the Internet

In my latest Macworld article, I look at ways you can speed up the internet – just a bit – by changing your DNS settings. Instead of using your ISP’s DNS – domain name system – server, you can use a public server which may be faster. I also tell you how to use a free tool to find out which are the fastest DNS servers you can use.

2 thoughts on “Tweak Your DNS Settings to Speed Up the Internet

  1. I’ll echo the suggestion to use Google’s namebench as an optimal tool in seeking out the best DNS setting for your computer.

    One caveat though: if you’re on a Mac and have Little Snitch installed to run all the time, temporarily disable it before launching any of namebench’s scans or you’ll be forever hitting the enter key to allow outbound connections to the namebench servers. Take it from me there are a lot of them; 2500 on the first round!

    P.S. I would have left this comment on the Macworld site, but possibly because of the numerous ad/tracking blockers installed was unable to.

  2. I’ll echo the suggestion to use Google’s namebench as an optimal tool in seeking out the best DNS setting for your computer.

    One caveat though: if you’re on a Mac and have Little Snitch installed to run all the time, temporarily disable it before launching any of namebench’s scans or you’ll be forever hitting the enter key to allow outbound connections to the namebench servers. Take it from me there are a lot of them; 2500 on the first round!

    P.S. I would have left this comment on the Macworld site, but possibly because of the numerous ad/tracking blockers installed was unable to.

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