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namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility


Of the myriad number of ways to “speed up” your internet connection, one way is to find a DNS server that performs best for you.

namebench is a handy little open-source utility that will do all the dirty work for you. It comes in linux, os x and windows flavors. There’s even a command-line version.

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via Google Code via Smarterware


April 12, 2010 - Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , ,


  1. Okay, I just ran the program. What now?

    Comment by Bernard | April 14, 2010

  2. Depending on your results, what you had for breakfast and how bored you are, you can switch DNS servers. 🙂

    I ran the test a few times and the results were always different. I think the real way to test is for me to plug my Macbook directly into the cable modem so that there aren’t any other stray queries going on while the test is running.

    I’m not that bored yet.

    Comment by Mike | April 15, 2010

  3. I have a Windows DNS server at my house that is my primary, with a Linux server acting as secondary. In this test, my Linux DNS server was multiple times faster than the Windows DNS server. The Windows server, however, is on a *much* faster machine. Interesting. Granted, they were both much faster than any of the other DNS servers the benchmark compared them to, so I guess I’m still better off this way than relying on someone else’s servers.

    Comment by Joe | April 20, 2010

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