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aidanmaz
01-12-2008, 11:46 PM
would it be a wise idea to change my broadband modems DNS from telecom to OPENdns? If so, what the dns servers to use

Blam
02-12-2008, 01:15 AM
Yes, its more reliable and offers many more features and customization options.
You can either use OpenDNS on a computer or on a router.
Router would be best in a home environment as all PCs connected would use OpenDNS.

Just set the dns servers in your router to:
* 208.67.222.222
* 208.67.220.220

You'll need to sign up on the website too to access the extra features

Myth
02-12-2008, 07:47 AM
I dont even bother with DNS in the router anymore, just use local settings

(doesn't windows require local DNS must be set anyway?)

Blam
02-12-2008, 07:00 PM
No, its set to "get DNS settings automatically" by default
You don't have to touch a thing.

Bussani
02-12-2008, 08:52 PM
Hm, I've never messed with this sort of thing before. What advantages does changing your DNS settings to something like OpenDNS have?

Blam
02-12-2008, 09:03 PM
Reliability, more reliable than your current ISP's dns servers, also faster.

Customization options, for example you can make a "Guide.opendns" page that shows an image that you want for everyone connected to your network.
This is what mine looks like:http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/untitled1228204530.jpg
This "guide" also web page opens up when you mistype a url of try to gain access to a website that is down, lets you put its logo and add your own text to it too.

Web Content filtering, so kids can't gain access to stuff you think is inappropriate.
There are categorys but you can also choose to block a specific domain.

You can create "shortcuts" pretty much a url redirection service.
i.e you can set it that everyone connected to your network can just type in "g" and press enter in the address bar and it "redirects" to www.google.com

Security features such as blocking phishing websites.

Thats pretty much it:D

Cheers
Blam

Safari
02-12-2008, 09:43 PM
It is debatable if it is any faster as it is the actual loading of the website that take the time not the DNS resolving the domain name.

decibel
02-12-2008, 11:04 PM
What advantages does changing your DNS settings to something like OpenDNS have?

After the fiasco with Xtra on Friday night, I have now changed my secondary DNS server to OPenDNS and would recommend it to all.

Actually, I'll probably end up with both - maybe.