You can either go for OpenDNS.com or Google Web Accelerator.
What you have to do:
For OpenDNS.com, you can sign up for a free account. The site will then provide you with two IP addresses to use, as well as with all the necessary pointers. Alternatively, you repeat the following steps on your computer:
1. Go to Network Connections on your computer (via Control Panel), and select 'Properties' of your existing broadband connection:
2. Select 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and click on 'Properties'.
3. Enter the following DNS addresses as shown, then press OK.
- 184.108.40.206 (resolver1.opendns.com)
- 220.127.116.11 (resolver2.opendns.com)
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If you're going with Google Web Accelerator, download and install the thing.
How they work:
OpenDNS has scores of powerful servers worldwide (well actually, currently in Palo Alto, Seattle, New York, Washington DC and London. Servers in Chicago and Hong Kong should be coming up soon). These servers prefetch thousands of webpages; and once you're connected (via a free account), OpenDNS uses its own DNS resolution service to respond to your queries. Google Web Accelerator works in a similar fashion, except that it probably does a bit more client-side tweaking via the install.
Vista and other issues:
- In Vista you'll need to select the v4 for TCP/IP and plug in the OpenDNS numbers there. However, users have pointed out that the performance boost is much more noticeable in XP compared to Vista.
- OpenDNS also provides anti-phishing and some content filtering facilities. (Once, this ended up preventing Google from loading.)
- Google Web Accelerator hasn't reportedly posed any such issues. But in my opinion, OpenDNS works better.
There! Things should be a bit happier for you now. If you liked this article, you might want to check out this.