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But before you commit to paying your Internet provider for a faster connection, let's see if we can help you speed up the connection you have right now.Browsing the Web is as easy as opening your browser and typing in a Web address, like our site at If that isn't hard enough to remember, newer IPv6 addresses look like this: "2001:db8::1234:ace:6006:1e". That's why websites also have more recognizable names, like A DNS, also called a nameserver, is like the phone book of the Internet.
When you sign up for Internet, your provider assigns you to its DNS server. It could be bogged down with traffic, running inefficient software or any number of other problems.
Open DNS is one of our regular recommendations for filtering.
The big question is how to find a new DNS and how to know it will be any better than your current one. This lightweight program will test your DNS against other popular DNS servers.
While namebench is running, you should avoid using the Internet as that can affect its results. The first box gives you a DNS recommendation and tells you the possible speed increase by switching.
When namebench completes, it will open up a new browser window with your results. The box immediately to the right gives you the settings of the recommended DNS and two backups.