When looking at internet performance one critical component that can be overlooked is DNS. It doesn’t matter how fast the internet pipe is, if you have slow DNS service it can impact overall performance.
I am a big user of Waze and before I get in my car I will plug in my destination, then Waze provides me with the fastest route. Think of OpenDNS as the Waze of the internet. They can ensure you take the most efficient path to OpenDNS services. This will ultimately provide a quicker DNS lookup and better end user experience.
If you want to go to google.com, you don’t have the ip addresses for Google memorized. Your device will call out to a DNS service and request the ip address for Google, and from there, your host will communicate directly via IP.
I did a quick test on networkworld.com. When I pulled up networkworld.com my host sent out 311 DNS request to OpenDNS. Most webpages have multiple objects, image, etc. and each one is typically tied to domain name. Can you imagine the end user experience if you have slow DNS service?
OpenDNS has plugins with over 500 of the largest ISPs in the world and service integration with global CDNs (content delivery networks). OpenDNS is rated as the fastest DNS services in North America, and one of the fastest globally.
OpenDNS has plugins with over 500 of the largest ISPs in the world and service integration with global CDNs (content delivery networks)
“So now a user in Austin, Texas who types in the URL for a YouTube video will share part of his IP address as part of the DNS request. That way, the domain name system server can route the request to a Google data center in Dallas, as opposed to one in Ireland. This can substantially speed up access to content, which is what people hire Akamai for in the first place.”
Speeding up your DNS with OpenDNS is free.
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