There are many factors that influence whether a connection works well or badly. We can also make the speed higher. One of those points to take into account with the DNS servers that we are using. We have a wide range of possibilities for this. We can use those of the operator that we have, for example. Also use others like Google or CloudFlare. Now, which is the best according to the case? That’s where Namebench comes in. We will explain how to use it.
Namebench, the program to choose the best DNS
Keep in mind that not all DNS servers will work the same for some users as others. It will depend on different factors. In addition, we must also indicate that some may be better suited to improve safety, while others improve speed.
Namebench is a free program that aims to show which are the best DNS that we can use to test our connection and to tell us which are the fastest DNS servers that we can use.
This tool is cross-platform . We can use it for free on operating systems such as Windows, Linux and macOS. It does an analysis and later shows us the results to see if the DNS we are using are correct or we could improve the speed.
It therefore serves not only to choose which DNS servers to use, but also to indicate if the ones we are using can slow down the connection and be a problem. The operation is simple and intuitive.
How to use Namebench
The first thing we have to do to start using Namebench is download the program . As we have indicated it is available for different operating systems. In our case we have tested it in Windows 10, although its operation is similar in the others.
The program is portable , so we do not need to install it on the computer. We simply have to run it once we download it. Later, a window will open with the basic aspects of the program.
To start the scan we simply have to click on Start Benchmark . This process may take a few minutes. It begins to analyze our connection and shows which are the DNS servers that we can use to optimize performance.
Later it will show us the results, as we see in the image above. The data it shows us is very complete. We can scroll with the mouse and see graphics and more complete information.
In case it shows that we can use primary DNS servers and achieve a better speed, it would appear in percentage mode, to know how much that speed could increase. If the ones we are using are the best, it would simply show us that they are the fastest possible.
Change DNS servers for speed and security
As we say, changing the DNS servers can be positive to make the Internet connection work better. The main objective is to achieve better speed, since not all the servers that we use will work the same, nor in all cases.
This makes it interesting in certain cases to choose to change them. But we are not only talking about speed and improving performance, but also about security. There are some DNS servers that can act as a filter to avoid accessing domains that are blocked because they are a security problem and that could deliver malware.
Changing DNS in Windows 10 is very simple. To do this we have to enter Start, we go to Settings, Network and Internet and there we enter Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on what we are using. Later we are going to Change adapter options, click on the corresponding network and go to Properties, Internet Protocol version 4 and there we mark Use the following DNS server addresses and put the ones that interest us the most.
In short, as we have mentioned we can use different DNS servers. It is one more way to achieve the best possible Internet speed, to optimize the network and not have any type of problem when browsing. Changing them is very simple and Namebench helps us choose which ones are the best.