Namebench is a great utility to test your DNS performance against other publicly available DNS servers.  It will run a multitude of DNS-related tests and give you back a recommended DNS configuration for your computer, based on the connection you are using when you run the test.  The tool was created by a Google developer, but is not biased towards Google Public DNS.  In my case, it suggested I use ‘The Planet” (company in Dallas) as my primary DNS provider.

The original project page is here:


It takes about 10 minutes to run, and can definitely be worth the trouble if you are having slow Internet browsing issues.

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