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Would switching to Google DSN ..............

by Dango517 / December 3, 2009 12:08 PM PST

improve my connection?

I'm with AT&T DSL. Would switch to Google DSN effect my Firewall and security software? Would AT&T (or another ISP) have a problem with users switching to it?

Is anyone using this DNS service?

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I'm going with possibly yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2009 10:53 PM PST

Given what a DNS does (not going to detail that here) it is likely to go either way in fixing a problem or creating a problem.

For example, many ISP's have their DNS respond to for the email they offer you. Google and OPENDNS would not honor such use.

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Thank You
by Dango517 / December 3, 2009 11:23 PM PST
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Starbucks problem
by timspear / December 11, 2009 7:49 PM PST
In reply to: Thank You

I've been trying the google dsn - all fine but it doesn't work with the free wifi in starbucks uk which is a deal breaker for me

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If you would let use know if ................
by Dango517 / December 11, 2009 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: Starbucks problem

you have problem converting it back to your ISP DSN settings. Any reaction from your ISP? Does it seem faster or more reliable?

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How do I get DNS service?
by Chigal48 / January 16, 2010 9:05 AM PST

Can I get it with ATT DSL? or through ATT?
If not, how do I get it through Goog?

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It's work but ....................
by Dango517 / December 16, 2009 3:44 AM PST

I use Yahoo buttons became a bit wonky. New ones showed up after the configuration. Those I have, lead to other places. Happy It is over-all faster. Goggle DSN Will require some testing and time before I'd recommend it at this point.

The installation was fairly easy but I needed to deviate from the instructions in Windows 7. The instructions given were for Vista. I ended up with and in "use the following DSN server address" like this, in preferred and in alternate.

Running well so far. 12/16/2009

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(NT) It''s working* LOL
by Dango517 / December 16, 2009 3:45 AM PST
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ISP = Racketeering & Restraint of Trade
by rjpsell / December 31, 2009 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: It''s working* LOL

The US is 29th in download speed & 30th in the world for upload. US consumers are getting soaked by ISP companies.
Check this chart

The Japanese pay an average of $20.00 per month for service which is 3 times faster.

I think Al Gore needs to write "An Inconvenient Waste of Time"

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The DSN service is still working fairly well
by Dango517 / December 31, 2009 10:56 AM PST

an occasional link crash now and again.

Amazing, deregulating the phones has kept the cost of phone service in check for three decades now. The only thing Raygun did right, all the rest has bitten us in the hind end. He was the one how suspended regulation of the economy, stopped the advance of alternative fuels and other sources of energy and allowed the middle east to continue to control petroleum, stopped the air traffic controls strike that has forced working class people into near poverty and has frozen wages, also for nearly three decades while prices have continued to rise, etc.,etc.,etc.. So what does Al Gore have to do with it at all? In fact I'm expecting a large part of any energy conservation program to go to improved computer services and not alternative energy. That will be the scam of the next decade. What ever happened to that boondoggle 'Star Wars" anyway?

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After a month of using it
by Dango517 / January 10, 2010 4:48 PM PST

it has progressively slowed down and become more unreliable. with frequent hangs, slow downs and other problems. I have reverted back to the standard AT&T DSN service, unfortunately, with obvious speed improvements and few problems.

Last word ........... not ready for prime time, but maybe somewhere down the road who knows, maybe. Does that seem vague? LOL The subtleties of the English language, amazing!

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What is DSN and how is it different than DSL?
by Chigal48 / January 16, 2010 8:36 AM PST

I have ATT DSL (Vista O/S) and it is so molasses connecting to the web sites. I use tab navigation, doesn't matter what browser, I've used them all....the speed to get to the next screen is just exhausting to watch the globe go round and round and round.

I would do anything to get faster speed.
Once I'm at the site, it's's getting to the website. Enter the URL and press enter and it takes forever to connect.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2010 8:40 AM PST

Dyslexic acronyms cloud this discussion.

Try swapping DSN for DNS and google DNS for details.

OK, ready? Try

I use the free one.

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Thanks Bob I'll try it out
by Dango517 / January 16, 2010 9:17 AM PST
In reply to: Dyslexic

I'm getting a recurring DSN error when logging on to Second Life. When it occurs I have to reset the modem to repair it which is a big hassle. Looking for a work around for this problem. Yep, might be my IP or SL. I'm Always looking for new ways to improve my PC as you might already know. :D)

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Keep it clean
by Dango517 / January 16, 2010 9:50 AM PST

clean out the old files in the browser. In IE8 the path is > Internet options > then browsing history, click the delete button, now choose what you want to delete.

Other things that might help:

Find a gadget/widget/meter to put on your desktop to monitor your connection.

If your looses connectivity contact your ISP and complain. Expect a broken connection when connected to the Internet but not with audio video or gaming.

Make sure your Ethernet adapted driver is up to date.

Disconnect all wires concerning your connection, wait 30 seconds then plug them back in again, including transformers. Wires should snugly fit into ports.

Restart your modem

A wired connection is more reliable then a wireless one, switch to a wired connection if possible. ( this ones optional)

You can check your connection speed here:

Over all system improvement/maintenance you need to do:

Note: Skip their ready boost recommendation, it sucks.


Yes, do most of these. You did say you wanted a faster connection, well that will require some of your time.

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