The job of DNS servers is to translate the URL of a website into an IP address and in this way make the connection, regardless of whether it is a public or private IP address. Choosing the best DNS server for your connection will shorten the waiting times before you can access a web page.
Usually internet providers offer by default a DNS server with the service. However, these are not always the fastest or the most effective. Making it look like the internet is not working properly or is too slow.
Likewise, internet provider companies offer a variety of DNS servers to choose the one that best suits you according to your needs. But trying each one to choose the one that works the fastest is a practically impossible task since the differences are sometimes imperceptible at first.
Jumper 2.0 and Namebench are two applications that facilitate the process of choosing the best DNS server. Both global and local. Read on to learn how each one works.
Choosing the best DNS server with Namebench
You can find this application for free in Google Code. Once you have downloaded and run it, it will open a tab to adjust the best DNS search settings. It is a difficult decision, as much as choosing the best dual band router for greater Internet reach or also choosing the best Wi-Fi signal channel with the fastest speed.
In the search bar you can define the DNS servers that you want it to analyze specifically. Select the boxes below to include in the global and regional DNS analysis . Below you can define your location, if you want to carry out a long or slow test and the web pages that you want to take as a test.
Once you have all the settings for the analysis ready, press “ Start Benchmark”. The application will start to do its job. Depending on the number of servers, it may take several minutes.
When the analysis is finished it will automatically open a tab in the browser showing the results. Here you can see which servers have had the best load speeds and which one stands out above the rest.
It will also show you in a graph to have a visual sample of the results obtained. It also tells you which servers to configure as primary, secondary and tertiary.
Choosing the best DNS server with Jumper 2.0
To start using Jumper 2.0 you must download it for free from its official website. Unzip the file and run it.
Once you have done this process, it will open a configuration tab very similar to the one in Namebench. Here you will see the following sections:
- The application buttons on the left side.
- At the top a search bar to define the network card you want to analyze.
- In the middle part you can test the DNS servers individually.
In the application menu there is the option “faster DNS”. Your job is to connect to all the servers in your database to see which one is running the fastest.
Unlike Namebench, Jumper 2.0 has the option “Turbo Mode”, you get it at the bottom. This option limits the response time to 300 ms. In this way, it discards those servers that take longer than the estimated time.
To do the test select “Start DNS test ” and wait a few minutes for it to finish. Then a screen will appear with the results and the time it took each server to load a domain.
To choose the best DNS server you just have to select it and click “Apply DNS server “. Jumpr 2.0 will automatically add it to the network settings.
The application also allows you to compare the time it takes two servers to load the same domain. For this, at the bottom of the window, write the IP addresses of the servers you want to compare in the search fields.
Press the lower box of the search bar for each address for the application to analyze its loading time. This function is perfect for defining a secondary DNS server .