Do you sometimes wish that your internet was a tad faster? It’s possible that the DNS servers provided to you are not the fastest that you have available to use. So, why does DNS matter?
The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.
namebench is a project that is an outcome of the famed Google’s “20 percent time” where they can devote 20% of their work time to work on their own projects or innovations.
Namebench hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. It runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. It’s free software and does not modify your system in any way.
namebench is available on Windows, Mac and Linux.