OpenDNS vs your ISP server

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Dark Shadow, Dec 10, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    USA
    Recently I have been having some problems with my internet experience,I use Comcast Broadband cable and as of lately there are times when I can't not connect to the net.I have No Home page No browsing Just web pages errors can't not be displayed.Modem checks fine all lights of modem a system Go but I can not go any where.Then when I can connect surf a little bit and drops again and noticed during the times there is No activity blinking status light that should blink rapidly with activity but its Frooze solid.Then when all apears well again the activity light rapidly blinks.I call comcast support on numerous occasions and Half dozen service tech latter to tell me what I already know somethings wrong,Ya think.After numerous calls and many service techs latter, I insist its on there end servers they flat out deny are servers are fine.OK lets look at the evidence the modem was replaced the cable line was replaced.the input signal coming in is strong yada yada yada.I have been reading some about openDNS and came across some blogs of folks experiencing the same thing I was, Hmm what do ya know same problems sams ISP,Server related I think so. seems my hunch was correct because not only am I using OpenDNS with No more connection issue's and I discoverd My speeds are Fast and consistent. No more peak Hour bottleneck slow Downs and to boot the security settings from openDNS are fantastic.Sorry for long winded here just had to vent.
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
  2. jdd58

    jdd58 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Posts:
    526
    Location:
    USA
    About a year ago I arrived at work one day to find an IT guy working on our network. I asked him what the problem was and he said he was trying to find alternate DNS servers because our ISP’s servers were being attacked with denial of service attacks. I asked him if he ever tried Open DNS and he said no. So he set up our network to use Open DNS servers and bingo, problem solved. AFAIK our city/county government is still using Open DNS today. I use it at home as well with the same good results. Of course I never would have heard of Open DNS either if I hadn’t found Wilders.
     
  3. Shankle

    Shankle Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Posts:
    510
    Can you give a simple explanation of "OpenDNS" and where I can look it up?
    Is it intended for a company?
    Can an individual use it?
     
  4. axial

    axial Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Posts:
    477
    OpenDNS

    It's great, can be used by anybody, home or business.

    They have lots of explanatory info on their website, look at the bottom under "Use OpenDNS" for instructions. You don't have to "create a free account" if you don't want to, btw.
     
  5. HAN

    HAN Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Posts:
    2,080
    Location:
    USA
    OpenDNS is a free DNS service alternative to the DNS servers provided by your ISPs. DNS translates a website's address in letters (such as wildersecurity.com) to a numerical IP address (such as 65.175.38.194) The URL to OpenDNS is at http://www.opendns.com/

    No, it's not particularly targeted toward companies. Anyone can use it.

    OpenDNS can also give you more than just DNS. (Although that's all I use it for.) If you register with OpenDNS, it is also capable of filtering content (this service is linked to an specific IP address and is NOT cookie based.)
     
  6. jdd58

    jdd58 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Posts:
    526
    Location:
    USA
  7. ambient_88

    ambient_88 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Posts:
    854
    The only thing I really didn't like about OpenDNS is the redirection when searching. I'd be okay if they used Google, but they currently use Yahoo!, which is not very good, IMHO. Other than that, the service seems to be excellent.
     
  8. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,786
    The OpenDNS servers are a good alternative if your ISP's servers are problematic or flakey at times... I have done the same myself in the past to get thru rough periods with ISP upgrades and so on. I don't really find them any faster than a good cable ISP, in fact, somewhat slower if the ISP's servers are working right. But it's nice that the alternative is there when you need it.
     
  9. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    USA
    Well that make me a little nerves but I shell see How it goes.
     
  10. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    USA
    yes I hate yahoo my self.YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:thumbd:
     
  11. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,786
    Here's another alternative which also gives you caching.... it's very good:

    http://ntcanuck.com/
     
  12. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    USA
    Ah thanks,I will bookmark that one for future ref.
     
  13. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,786
    In Ubuntu, the equivalent is 'bind9' in the repositories... you can install bind9 and set it up to use the OpenDNS servers if you want. I did that when I noticed some delays in browsing in Ubuntu and it speeds everything up nicely. There is a little help for it on the OpenDNS site, shows you how do set it up. For Win, Treewalk works well also.
     
  14. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    USA
    I did not know that and good to know.Thanks
     
  15. ruinebabine

    ruinebabine Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Posts:
    1,097
    Location:
    QC
    Yes, TreeWalk is very reliable and effective at curing any ISP's DNS problem/slowdown. I am using it for the last 3 years with zero problem on windows XP.
     
  16. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2006
    Posts:
    9,006
    treewalk doesnt seem to have been updated recently.
    it says it runs as a win32 service.
    guessing it wont work on 64bit vista?
     
  17. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,786
    It certainly wasn't made with x64 in mind, but I suppose you'd have to actually try it to see if it installs and works. It might....

    Edit sometime later: I found a thread just now, apparently someone had it running on Vista x64 back in April. For some reason the link didn't work, but it's on the Treewalk Support forum. There are instructions for it there...

    I can't get it to turn into a clickable link here, but this is the url to it:

    http://forums.treewalkdns.com/readmessage?id=<d36e96e$6315a5c8$ee1f@news.treewalkdns.com>
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2008
  18. beethoven

    beethoven Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2004
    Posts:
    1,044
    Can you explain what you mean by this? The only time I see something like a search coming up is when I mistype something and they inbuilt correction function cannot fix my mistake. No big deal - normal searching is done via my preferences in the browser.
     
  19. ambient_88

    ambient_88 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Posts:
    854
    In Firefox, when you use the address bar for searching (or if it accepts something the browser does not understand) instead of the search bar, OpenDNS will redirect the searches to their own one. You can configure Firefox so that it won't do it.
     
  20. Arup

    Arup Guest

    Treewalk works fine under XPx64, I don't know about Vistax64 but after Open DNS came out, it has been quite reliable and therefore I find no need for Treewalk anymore.
     
  21. rdsu

    rdsu Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2003
    Posts:
    4,456
    Here OpenDNS works just great!!!
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.