Frustrated with slow internet browsers?
Did you know it could be a problem with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) instead? Most people order their internet service, set it up, (or have it set up for them), and go on with their lives. But did you know that you could be paying for faster internet service and not be benefiting from the fastest speeds you could get? There are many tools to test what your internet speeds are.
These are just a few for you to sample. Regardless of which test site you use, you might be surprised to find out that you are not achieving the speeds you think you should be.
So how do we “fix” it?
There are many things you could do to start with. You could always empty your cache and delete your temporary internet files. Even changing which browser you use can help. Try disabling your add-ons in your browsers. Many times people don’t realize all of the added “goodies” that get added to their browsers just by browsing through the web. There are leeches everywhere on the internet.
I’ve done all this and it’s still slow…
If this is the case, you could be limited by your DNS servers. Your ISP has their own DNS servers and they may not be running as fast as some others out there. A DNS server basically takes your human readable address, http://www.google.com, and tells your browser to render the page at http://126.96.36.199. Obviously google.com is much easier to remember. There are several free DNS services out there that you can use in order to take advantage of faster speeds, better security, etc.
That’s a starter list to review if you are interested in looking into using a DNS service.
How do I know which is faster?
If you would like to test DNS services against your ISP DNS servers, simply run Namebench. Namebench will test your speeds against locally available DNS services and let you know which one is better for you to use.
Having the knowledge and options in your tool belt allows you to be better prepared and provide yourself with a more enjoyable browsing experience. Don’t settle when you could excel.