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Monday, June 14, 2010

Test your DNS server performance for free, Browse the Web Faster

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet  or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participants. Most importantly, it translates domain names meaningful to humans into the numerical (binary) identifiers associated with networking equipment for the purpose of locating and addressing these devices worldwide. An often-used analogy to explain the Domain Name System is that it serves as the "phone book" for the Internet by translating human-friendly computer hostnames into IP addresses. For example,  translates to

DNS Benchmark enables you to test the performance of a list of DNS servers so you can determine which offer the fastes response time and optimize your Internet settings accordingly. The program comes pre-configured with a list of public DNS servers and you can easily add your own entries to see how the compare. DNS Benchmark performs a detailed analysis and comparison of all servers in the list and generates a bar graph that makes it easy to interpret the results and choose the fastest servers. In addition to the graphical results, the program also generates tabular data that shows detailed technical results for expert users, as well as a conclusion that explains the overall results in Plain English for non-technical users. The results can be saved to CSV and image format or copied to the clipboard. Standalone software, no installation required.

After downloading and starting the utility (there's nothing to install), it's as easy as . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3  

  1. Click the “Nameservers” tab to select the main benchmark display and data pages.
  2. Click the “Run Benchmark” button (it may take a moment to become enabled).
  3. Click and read the “Conclusions” tab after the benchmark completes. 
Unless you're a super-guru, PLEASE really do read the “Conclusions” tab once the benchmark has completed. Some people have initially been overwhelmed and intimidated by this benchmark's deep and rich feature set, and by the amount of specific detail it generates. They haven't known what it meant or what, if anything, they should do about it. But you will discover that the “Conclusions” tab presents a distillation of all that, into a set of carefully worded . . . er . . . Conclusions.  Really.


  1. I have been looking for this information for days. Thank you for the article. Very helpful!

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  3. hi plz help me do you know a program that may help my internet connection run a little bit faster
    cause i have only a 256k and its not suffisent for a online game
    yugioh online 3 thats the game plz help me