Find the fastest DNS Servers with NameBench

In my last post I talked about configuring static DNS entries. Let's go about choosing the fastest DNS servers near your location using Namebench. This tool helps you find the fastest DNS server based on web history, tcpdump output and standardized datasets. You can install it from your package manager or download from code.google.com/p/namebench/.

Namebench DNS benchmarktool screenshot

Here is the list of fastest DNS servers near Nairobi. Tests were run from Zuku Internet connection on Ngong Road, Nairobi

Recommended DNS configuration (fastest + nearest) Nairobi, Kenya

  • Primary Server: 216.194.28.69 (MetConnect-2 US)
  • Secondary Server: 8.8.8.8 (Google Public DNS)
  • Tertiary Server: 78.143.192.10 (Fast GB)

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