When you type a Web site address like www.pcremix.com into your browser, that domain name needs to be translated into the actual IP address for the computer hosting that site. The job of the DNS server is to take the domain name you type in, look it up against a database of IP addresses, and then return the correct address to your browser so that the site can be accessed.
The speed of your browsing also depends on how fast your DNS server perform it depends on how fast your DNS server translate a domain name into an IP address. Some users with overloaded ISP DNS servers can see delays in multiple seconds before web pages starts to load.
OpenDNS provides free alternative DNS servers that anyone can use with any internet provider. Unlike many national internet providers, OpenDNS’s DNS servers are very fast and reliable. Using OpenDNS servers instead of your ISP servers will help you speed up your internet browsing by cutting down on the delay between resolving a domain name and getting the IP address so your browser can start loading the web page.
Configuring your computer to use OpenDNS servers instead of your ISP’s is a simple change that works in both Windows XP and Windows Vista:
1. Click on the Start Button and type in ncpa.cpl and hit Enter. In Windows XP Click on the Start Button, click Run and then type in ncpa.cpl
2. Right click on your active network connection that you use to connect to the Internet and select Properties.
3. On the Networking / General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) (version 4 on Windows Vista) and hit Properties.
4. On the properties screen, select Use the following DNS server addresses and then type in 126.96.36.199 in the preferred and 188.8.131.52 in the alternate boxes.
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5. Hit OK twice and you are finished.
Visit OpenDNS.com to learn more about some of the advanced features of OpenDNS on top of the speed benefits.