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Switching your IP to OpenDNS. Best move I ever made, pros and cons inside.

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  1. Phusius

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    First off, the website is opendns.com/start and I just signed up for the free basic plan.

    After rebooting my PC and testing it out I have noticed some amazing differences.

    Pros: much faster internet browsing, more secure and safe according to their website

    Cons: Yahoo mail now asks me to enter a copy of the letters security bypass to login (never did before)


    First heard of this in Maximum PC magazine issue I got last night, never see anyone talking about it here, so I just thought I would share my experience, have a nice day. :toast:
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    I did that way before you did... :D

    It's the best DNS client - better than Comodo Secure DNS!
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    I use the dns's that the namebench and another dns benchmark gave me
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    How did you do it?
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    Once you go to opendns.com/start it shows you step by step process. :toast:
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    I just use Google DNS. Every sites that are blocked in my country, I can access. :D
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    I use opendns from my router...
    Didn't sign up for anything.

    Was wondering how Phusius did it
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    Using OpenDNS over 4 years now.

    It has helped with the internet speed as well.

    Some of those nasty websites that track you on the web can be blocked with the service.
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    I ran the name bench and it said my current DNS was the fastest, typical results or?
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    No idea Waste, I am new to OpenDNS in general, I thought it was something new so I posted it here, unfortunately most people here to seem to use it already and never bothered telling us new PC builders. :banghead: :roll:
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    I think maybe Ill run it again at like 5-6 PM during peak hours and check the results
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    OpenDNS is good, though ultimately I ended up with my ISP's DNS servers because they edged them out performance-wise. I'm on a business class line, which has separate servers from the residential customers.

    Note: The choice was only based on performance. There are some features of OpenDNS that some people might like.
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    Since I pay for Business Class internet, even though I am in an apartment, should I still use my ISP's DNS or switch to the one it is recommending?

    [​IMG]
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    135% faster... sounds like you should use that DNS man... I just checked mine and it says I am currently using the fastest DNS server for my location. so yeah I say switch. :nutkick:
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    Go into your connection properties.

    Under networking tab look for the list beneath "This connection uses the following items:"

    Select your Internet Protocol Versions. I have 6 and 4. (TCP/IPv6, TCP/IPv4) and hit properties.

    Select "Use the following DNS server addresses"

    Enter 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4 (Google's) or 208.67.222.222 and/or 208.67.220.220 (OpenDNS). They are the best.

    Profit.

    Edit: Using W7 64-bit
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    Which do you use Spaceman? Would I see any benefit from going to Open DNS to Google's?
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    I switch between those two and my ISP default. Whichever is working better at the time. You may see a benefit. Try the benchmark listed earlier, or use speedtest.com between each switch&restart.
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    Same. Google DNS rocks.

    But no nothing's blocked here.
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    Did it before it was cool :D
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    I didn't even know about it until a couple days ago. Share your wisdom next time. Lot of new PC builders in the past 12 or so months because of premium PC games like Diablo 3 and BF3 and soon to be GW2, none of those games which I play, but know a lot of people started building their first PC because of. Someone here needs to make a list of top things to do after you get your new PC all built.
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    I don't think this is really on the top of people's list. Its usually just for convenience. I learned about it when I tried to play Bad Company 2 on my PS3 on a military base and they had blocked something so I would lose connection all the time. Talked to my brother who happened to use Google DNS and told me how to switch. Then did some research and found Open DNS and have been switching around with them. Again, your ISP *could* be your fastest DNS but it *could* also be the slowest. It also depends on internet traffic at the time. Apologies if this seemed like privileged information, as it most certainly isn't.

    But now you know, so play with some settings and light one if you got one. :pimp:
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    Ran the test again since its peak hours now and OpenDNS is 20% faster then my ISP. Thought I would let everyone know :)
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    You should try out dnscrypt its just a suggestion :S

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