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Windows 7: Best DNS for my ISP and Location.

16 Feb 2012   #1
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 
Best DNS for my ISP and Location.

I currently have Verizon FIOS internet.One of the more quicker packages they offer 35down and 35 up.

Which DNS servers should I use if I want to be more secure as well as keep my speed? I am willing to pay for a subscription. I hear that Verizons DNS servers suck. But I also hear that you usually wanna keep your ISPs DNS settings, too.

Are there DNS servers I can use for my state? City?

Thanks in advance.


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16 Feb 2012   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Use googles DNS Servers. They are very reliable (as you can imagine).

Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4

If they dont work out for you, you can always change them later on.



Dave
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16 Feb 2012   #3
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

try running google's namebench utility to find the quickest dns servers for your area. it frequently is not their own...
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16 Feb 2012   #4
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Thanks guys. when I get off work I will try out both.

Anybody in the same area as me with FIOS and has already configured your DNS for security and speed your input is greatly appreciated as well!
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16 Feb 2012   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I use OpenDNS - Cloud Internet Security and DNS. Its free and has built in protection. As an option you can sign up for a free account for additional features but its not necessary.

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220
Jim
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20 Feb 2012   #6
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Once my Verizon internet gets hooked up, i will test OpenDNS as well as use the tool recommended by Kronckew.

I tried that program out for my current ISP, and it said my current settings are the best so I changed to OpenDNS and the Ping increased a little over 200. I guess you either get security, or you get speed. Hard to get the best of both worlds.

Oh well though. I will look in to what the best settings are when my verizon is actually hooked up this coming up weekend. Once i find out what works for me and my location, i will mark this as solved.

Thanks for your help guys.
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07 Jul 2012   #7
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 
Yay.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I use OpenDNS - Cloud Internet Security and DNS. Its free and has built in protection. As an option you can sign up for a free account for additional features but its not necessary.

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220
Jim
I know it's been a very long time since this thread was started but i decided to add a little something for others.

More good DNS Benchmark utilities are DNS Benchmark, Google Namebench

Thanks guys.
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