To speed up web browsing the Domain Name System (DNS) provided by your ISP is probably slower than other alternatives. Here’s how to add Google’s Public DNS to your Windows 7 or Vista PC.
DNS translates IP addresses to an easy to remember name. For example, if you type: 22.214.171.124 into your browser address bar. It resolves to groovypost.com. Think of DNS as the Internet’s phone book.
Remembering a name like groovypost.com is much easier than remembering the IP address.
Google Public DNS provides a faster way to get to websites faster.
To add Google Public DNS to your Windows 7 or Vista computer, click Start and type: networks and sharing center into the search box and hit Enter.
Next, click Change Adapter Settings.
In the Network Connections screen, right-click Local Area Connection then Properties.
Local Area Connection Properties comes up. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCT/IPv4) then click Properties.
In the next screen, select Use the Following DNS Server Address.
Type: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 in the Preferred and Alternate DNS Server fields. They can be in either order. Click OK.
Close out of the other open Network Configuration windows. Then launch your web browser and test out various busy sites to see if they load faster.
That’s it. There are other alternate DNS services like OpenDNS and DynDNS you can try too. I’ll be covering those is future articles.
So far I’ve had great luck using Google Public DNS – especially while browsing in Chrome.