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Google offers Public DNS




If you’re already familiar with OpenDNS, then you have a good idea what this new Google Public DNS is all about. Two free services is always better than one.


Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

To try it out, configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers.


If you don’t know this is done, check out these instructions if you are running on Windows, Mac or Linux.

We have some pretty serious DNS problems with our ISPs here in the Philippines so having Google Public DNS (and OpenDNS) is always a good thing.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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22 Responses

  1. francis says:

    hi, im not that familiar with DNS things, so what are the advantages of having a google dns? thanks for educating me sir yuga

  2. Andre says:

    The question is do they have DNS servers in our area? OpenDNS is in the US right, would be cool if they have DNS in the Philippines or Asia

  3. jpeb says:

    @Andre

    “Google Public DNS is hosted in data centers worldwide, and uses anycast routing to send users to the geographically closest data center.”
    http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/performance.html

    There are three Google data centers in Asia, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.

    DNS Advantage, the second Public DNS service after OpenDNS has data centers in Hong Kong, Beijing and Sydney

  4. Rome says:

    @jpeb: then what about OpenDNS?? Where are their data centers in Asia??

  5. readrite says:

    filters, meron ba to? kung meron i will try it…

  6. Denturist says:

    Oks na oks ito boss abe lalo na sa digitel connection ko.

  7. RL says:

    sir abe pwedi ba e configure ito sa router mismo?

  8. nano says:

    By the time Google publicly announced this, I hurried off and changed my settings, after all SmartBro is doing funky nowadays in resolving web addresses (dont know why)…

  9. jpeb says:

    @Rome

    OpenDNS does not have servers in the Asia Pacific region. The closest are Los Angeles, Seattle and Amsterdam.

  10. Jhay says:

    Alternatives have always been a good thing. And being powered by Google, we can say that’s reliable.

  11. Eizan says:

    Wow! (LOL at the DNS IP address haha!)

    I better check this out. I’m on OpenDNS for years already.

  12. Carl says:

    Choosing the shorter route is much preferable if you take consideration speed. You can achieve this using your ISP DNS.

  13. Adrian says:

    @Francis: DNS is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s “phone book”.

  14. Adrian says:

    @JL: Pwede mo configure yan sa router mo.

  15. Kyle says:

    na try ko na toh, … favorite ko pa rin ang OpenDNS xempre… wooooootttt!

  16. joseph says:

    wow! ang baba ng ping ko with Google DNS

    Pinging 8.8.8.8 with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=88ms TTL=244
    Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=84ms TTL=244
    Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=82ms TTL=244
    Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=88ms TTL=244

    Ping statistics for 8.8.8.8:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 82ms, Maximum = 88ms, Average = 85ms

    With OpenDNS —-

    Pinging 208.67.222.222 with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 208.67.222.222: bytes=32 time=206ms TTL=50
    Reply from 208.67.222.222: bytes=32 time=203ms TTL=50
    Reply from 208.67.222.222: bytes=32 time=202ms TTL=50
    Reply from 208.67.222.222: bytes=32 time=201ms TTL=50

    Ping statistics for 208.67.222.222:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 201ms, Maximum = 206ms, Average = 203ms

    So I go for Google! :D

  17. gillbates says:

    hanep na IP yan ah…

  18. this is very very very useful information.. :)

  19. internet phones these days have very powerful and nice features, i bet they would add some more value added features in the fut ”

  20. i would love to see a massive price drop on internet phones coz i like to buy lots of em -,.

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