What is and How Can You Use it to Choose the Best DNS Server

What is and How Can You Use it to Choose the Best DNS Server

Most internet users don’t care about the DNS server, also known as Domain Name Server. They just use whatever default DNS server is offered by their Internet Service Provider (I.S.P.) all their lives. However, for those people who do actually pay attention to such stuff like benchmarking and IP addresses, there’s a wide list of DNS (Domain Name System) providers to choose from.

But, since the list is so vast, there are so many options for the users and selecting the best, and the fastest one is very difficult. We can’t rely on other users’ benchmark on the internet because each user’s result depends on their own geographical location. Now, this is where DNS Benchmark software by GRC comes in. Just run the DNS Benchmark freeware to find which one is the best for your connection. The fastest one will depend on your geographical location and internet service providers. The most popular and secure DNS service provider is OpenDNS but Google Public DNS servers are also gaining popularity with each passing day.

Google DNS provides free service. You can use this free DNS in place of your default one.

Domain Names System (DNS) is different from the IP address. An Internet Protocol (IP) address is an address that is assigned to your system to identify it on a network, while a DNS converts alphabetic references into a server’s IP address. The operating system stores some data from the web pages you visit, which is called DNS cache or DNS resolver cache. It helps the cached webpages to load faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to use DNS Benchmark?

First of all, you’d want to disable your firewall temporarily, so it doesn’t block the test. After that, follow these steps:

  • Start the DNS Benchmark: Click on the Nameserver tab and wait for the servers to be loaded. After that, you can add or remove servers by using the “Add/Remove” button.
  • Run the Benchmark:  Click on the “Run Benchmark” to start it, you can also click on the Gibson Research Centre (GRC) logo to start the benchmark.
  • Create the regional DNS Server list: This list is a list of your regional DNS servers, which are most likely to give you the best service. The DNS Benchmark software goes through its database of nearly 5,000 DNS servers and queries the best ones for you.
  • Run the regional DNS server benchmark: once the DNS query is completed, start the regional DNS server benchmark, which is the same as the default one.
  • Analyze the results: once the benchmark is finished, it will display the results so you will be able to see which is the fastest DNS name and is performing better compared to the rest. You can also save the results to an image or a formatted text file.

DNS benchmark is windows freeware, Mac users could use Namebench but that project is not worked upon anymore.

How to find the best DNS server with DNS Benchmark?

You can find the best DNS server with the help of DNS Benchmark by searching through a list of all available regional DNS servers. You will have to run a benchmark and then analyze the results to see which DNS server is the best, depending on your location and ISP. After that, you can change the DNS configuration of your router to change it from your default one to a new one, which is the best, according to DNS Benchmark. DNS Benchmark also allows you to check for DNSSEC authentication. You will have to enable it manually.

Where to find GRC DNS Benchmark results?

The results will be available to you right after you run a benchmark on the front screen. You can save the whole list of servers to an image. Go to the GRC DNS Benchmark’s system menu and select “Export last results to CSV file” to save the file as either an image or a formatted text file before applying the DNS settings.