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How to Lower Ping and Improve Internet Speed

Arsen Karapetyan

Are you trying to lower your ping or improve your internet speed? When you try to connect to a web site, you type an address into your browser's search bar and it takes your to that web site. What really goes on behind the scenes, is that your computer sends a request to a DNS server to find out the IP address of the web site you are try ing to access.

Because computers don't understand human language, and say, you typ "hardwaresavvy.com", the server will not know what to do with that. In order to access the web site, there has to be a listing of all web sites and their respective IP addresses somewhere on the web. Sort of like a "Phonebook directory".

How does DNS work?

So, what happens is what you see in the picture below.

How doe DNS work?

In the nutshell, this is how DNS works:

  1. Your computer send a request to a DNS server and asks for the proper IP address
  2. Then the DNS server sends your computer the IP address of the web site.
  3. Once your browser has that information, it just accesses the proper web server

This is a very big oversimplification, but it explains how does DNS works. Now your can see how you can benefit from a quicker DNS server.

How Does Changing my DNS Setting Improve Internet Speed

As you say above, if you either eliminate that first step, where you connect to a DNS server first to look up the web site's IP, you will connect much quicker. Realistically, we can't eliminate that step, because then you will have to remember a whole bunch of random IP addresses for every web site.

These web site addresses actually change, too. So, the more realistic thing to do is to see if we can make the DNS lookup step quicker. How do you do that? You simply use an alternative free public DNS.

How to Find Alternative Public DNS Servers

You can just Google "free public DNS servers". And one of the top serches will bring you to several web sites. The top ones might be the Google Public DNS, Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS, or you might even stumble upon a web site called Public DNS, which will allow you to try out many different options.

Which Free Public DNS is the Best

Google's public DNS is great, but the one I use is the Cloudflare DNS. Here is why. The CLoudflare 1.1.1.1 public DNS is faster in my case. It is private, which means that they don't collect or store your information. Also, the Cloudflare family DNS is an amazing choice if you want to protect against malware or even protect your clildren from adult web sites.

These are the settings for the Cloudflare Family DNS

Malware Blocking Only
Primary DNS: 1.1.1.2
Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.2

Malware and Adult Content
Primary DNS: 1.1.1.3
Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.3

How to Set Up Cloudflare DNS in Windows

To change your Windows 10 DNS settings do the following:

  1. Go to WIndows settings
  2. Click on Network and Internet
  3. Under Status, click on Change adapter options
  4. Right-click on your network adapter, the one without a red X
  5. Chose properties
  6. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  7. Click Properties
  8. Click on the radio button that says Use the following DNS server address: Primary DNS: 1.1.1.1 Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.1
  9. And enter the following settings
  10. Press OK

Alternativealy, you can use the settings above for malware protection.

How to Set up Google Public DNS in Windows

  1. Go to WIndows settings
  2. Click on Network and Internet
  3. Under Status, click on Change adapter options
  4. Right-click on your network adapter, the one without a red X
  5. Chose properties
  6. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  7. Click Properties
  8. Click on the radio button that says Use the following DNS server address: Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8 Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4
  9. And enter the following settings
  10. Press OK

How to Change Router DNS Settings

You can change your DNS settings at a router level as well. Because your router can be different from mine, just log into your router using 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, find the DNS tab andn use the same settings as above for Google or Cloudflare DNS.

I hope you found it helpful. Check out my other articles on how to improve the Wi-Fi signal and more.

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