When you type in a domain name such as wingeek.com in your browser the computer must resolve the friendly name into an IP address of the server to download the web page and supporting files. Windows uses a DNS (domain name system) server to lookup this information. By default, Windows uses your ISPís DNS server. Depending on your provider, the performance of their DNS resolving server varies. Some large national providers are known to provide unreliable and slow DNS servers.
The performance of the DNS server you are using is one component that affects the speed of your internet browsing. Since each domain name you type in must be resolved into an IP address, the amount of time that takes will delay the loading of any web page. Some users with overloaded ISP DNS servers can see delays in multiple seconds before web pages start to load.
OpenDNS provides free alternative DNS servers that anyone can use with any internet provider. Unlike many national internet providers, OpenDNSís DNS servers are very fast and reliable. Using OpenDNS servers instead of your ISP servers will help you speed up your internet browsing by cutting down on the delay between resolving a domain name and getting the IP address so your browser can start loading the web page.
Configuring your computer to use OpenDNS servers
instead of your ISPís is a simple change that works in both Windows XP and Windows Vista:
1. Click on the Start Button
and type in ncpa.cpl
and hit Enter
. In Windows XP Click on the Start Button
, click Run
and then type in ncpa.cpl
2. Right click on your active network connection
that you use to connect to the Internet and select Properties
3. On the Networking / General tab
, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) (version 4 on Windows Vista) and hit Properties.
4. On the properties screen
, select Use the following DNS server addresses
and thentype in 126.96.36.199
in the preferred and 188.8.131.52
in the alternate boxes.