Many people face frequent downtimes, and do not get optimal surfing speed. While it does depend on your ISP, you can optimize your internet connection to get the most out of it.
An easy option is to change your DNS Servers.
DNS Servers are predefined values that lookup the IP Address of a website. All websites have a Unique IP Address, just like we have our home address. For example, when you enter Google.com in your address bar, the browser uses the DNS Servers to lookup the IP Address, in this case it is 220.127.116.11 and then it initiates the data transfer. It is a long process , specially for websites featuring news portals as the news are collected from several websites, and your browser has to lookup all the IP Addresses and get the data. This can be very time consuming as it takes several seconds.
You can minimize this time-delay by changing your DNS Servers.
If you are using Windows 7/Vista, the steps are :
1. Click Start > Control Panel
2. Click on Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
3. Now click on Change Adapter Settings
4. Right click your active connection, if you are using ethernet it would be a blue icon with the text “Local Area Connection”. For wi-fi users it would be “Wireless Network Connections”.
5. Select properties and double click on Internet Protocol TCP/IP v4
6. Select “Use the following DNS Server Addresses” button
7. Now enter the following values in preferred and alternate boxes :
8. Click OK
The instructions vary from each operating system but you should be able to figure out the difference as it would be same for Windows Based Operating Systems.
The IP Addresses shown above are of Google’s DNS Servers which are known for their speed. If you do not experience a change in your browsing experience, please use the DNS Servers that are given below.
Although sometimes your ISP’s default servers are best as they usually do not have latency problems, most of the times they are unable to resolve some websites. Therefore you should choose a DNS Server which is closest to your location. A maximum delay of your DNS Server should be about 300ms. You can find the delay by using the command prompt. Start Command Prompt and enter “ping 18.104.22.168” without the quotes. Similarly you can use the ping function to determine the delay of any website/DNS Server.
Please try to use the following DNS Servers mentioned below, and select the one which works best for you. Google DNS and OpenDNS are a good option
Level 3 Communications (Broomfield, CO, US)
Verizon (Reston, VA, US)
GTE (Irving, TX, US)
One Connect IP (Albuquerque, NM, US)
OpenDNS (San Francisco, CA, US)
Exetel (Sydney, AU)
VRx Network Services (New York, NY, US)
SpeakEasy (Seattle, WA, US)
Sprintlink (Overland Park, KS, US)
Cisco (San Jose, CA, US)
Let me know if that helped your browsing experience.