Recently, someone asked on Lockergnome about the fastest type of DNS server. We’ve talked in the past about DNS – what it means, and why it could be important to you.
We exist within our Internet speed. Heck, some of us measure our worth by our connection and how quickly we can get our information. You can have a huge pipe coming into your home, but if your DNS server sucks your lookups between your IP address and the domain name could be slowing you down.
How do you know if your current DNS settings are optimized to their maximum capability? You can check out a good open-source project called namebench is a fantastic little tool that will hunt down the fastest DNS servers for your computer to use. It will run a very thorough benchmark using your browser history, a tcpdump output or standardized datasets in order to give you a personal recommendation.
namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX, and is available with a graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface. It doesn’t matter what type of system you’re using – namebench can help you out with your DNS issues.
If you’re a power user, you definitely need to make sure you have the fastest and most optimized Internet speed you could hope for. Using a tool such as namebench to check your DNS settings will help you achieve exactly that.