NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

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Pax
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NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#1 Post by Pax » Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:29 am

Hi,

Just came across an application named NameBench via a Lifehacker Article today. I ran it and it appears to be portable. It is a self-extracting app that runs off a temporary directory and cleans after itself once it closes.

From the site:
It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way.
Application site: http://code.google.com/p/namebench/

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#2 Post by freakazoid » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:55 am

This is somewhat related but Google recently released their own DNS public servers:
http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/

I'm more partial to OpenDNS myself.

Google tracks a lot of stuff and holds it in their database for 48 hours or something like that (or so I've read), I haven't looked into it myself.

Good post, Pax.
I'll take a look at NameBench.

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Just tested NameBench.

It says that my local ISP's DNS is 35% faster than OpenDNS; however OpenDNS is safer to use.
The graphs are interesting to look at.

Definitely worth at least a download!
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#3 Post by carbonize » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:04 pm

Definately an interesting program. My own ISPs nameservers were not even in the top results for me which shouldn't really surprise me. Like you I am going to stick with OpenDNS mainly because they are reliable and I use them to block adult sites etc.

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#4 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:05 am

Good program. My local DNS server was the fastest, yeah. :)

Mind you, I use this clever program (not portable), which combines two servers (whichever you want to use) and a user definable cache:
http://www.analogx.com/contents/downloa ... eeware.htm

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#5 Post by taotra » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:55 am

Toxteth O'Grady wrote: Mind you, I use this clever program (not portable),...
Actually, the program does seem portable. From their FAQ:
How do I uninstall your programs (what's the delete key)?
..... If, for some reason, the uninstaller isn't there, or won't function properly, simply select all files in the directory that the program is located in, hit the 'delete' key, and that's it! None of the programs on the site install components into other places in your system (that's just rude), so it's very easy to clean up after. .....
So, if you install the program, copy the files to a folder of your choice, and then uninstall it again, you should be fine, I think.

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#6 Post by freakazoid » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:14 am

Interesting program, Toxteth.

Does FastCache require the DNS client to be enabled under services.msc?
I have mine disabled because I'm using a HOSTS file.
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#7 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:03 am

Contrary to what was said, FastCache is not portable. Yes, all files it needs\uses are in the program directory, but program settings are stored in the registry.
freakazoid wrote:Does FastCache require the DNS client to be enabled under services.msc?
I have mine disabled because I'm using a HOSTS file.
My DNS Client service isn't running either (Disabled). This does not affect FastCache.

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#8 Post by guinness » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:07 am

DNS Benchmark is another alternative http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1568

*Edited because I was confused by NameBench and DNSBench (which is the name of the DNS Benchmark executable when you download it!) :o
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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#9 Post by freakazoid » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:32 am

Although the program does a similar task, DNS Benchmark is not the same program as NameBench.
is it stealth? ;)

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#10 Post by linuxamp » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:36 pm

The nice thing about DNS bench is that it also tells you if a DNS server will redirect you to a search page or simply reply not-found when a domain is not resolvable.

You'd be surprised how many DNS servers redirect you to a search page since it's profitable. Amazingly, Google's DNS doesn't.
This site is the reason I have to keep buying bigger flashdrives.

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#11 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Thu May 13, 2010 8:55 am

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Re: NameBench - Find Fastest Free DNS Server

#12 Post by carbonize » Thu May 13, 2010 9:31 am

Last I checked Windows cache's DNS results anyway not to mention most routers doing likewise.

edit: This was in response to a program that Toxteth O'Grady linked to in the previous post that promises to cache DNS results but they have since gone and removed everything from the post.

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