You may have heard of a company called Cloudflare that has a service called 22.214.171.124.
It's a DNS resolver that claims it can speed up and secure your web browsing.
A DNS is like a directory that translate a URL into a series of numbers so your browser can get into a specific site.
Each time you request a webpage, it requires multiple DNS lookups.
Some of the text, some for the images, and some for the video.
All these lookups take time and can slowdown your browsing experience.
Now normally your ISP looks after DNS for you, but you can choose a different DNS if you want to potentially speed up your Internet.
And some even offer features like parental control to filter content.
There are lots of public dns servers to choose from including ones from Google, Cloudflare and OpenDNS.
But if you're looking to find the fastest dns server for your location, try running a benchmark or use an online tool like DNSPERF.
Here's how to change dns settings for Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS.
Now you might wanna do this in an individual device first to see if it actually gives you a speed boost, before changing settings for your entire home network in your router.
In the Windows 10 control panel, find the Network and Sharing Center.
Click change adapter settings in the left column, then right click on your network connection like your Wi-Fi and select properties.
Highlight internet protocol version four or six and then click properties.
Add the dns server numbers and hit OK.
For the MAC, open system preferences and click network, then advance at the bottom of the window.
Go to the dns tab and click the plus icon, then enter the server.
Click OK and apply the changes.
Android users will go to the Wi-Fi settings and long press or tap to find an option to manage network settings or modify the network.
Find the IP settings box which might be under advanced, then change it to static
Enter the address onto the DNS line and hit Save.
And for IOS, open Settings and choose your Wi-Fi network.
Tap Configure DNS and choose the Manual option, then add the address.
IF you notice that things are actually a little bit slower after changing the DNS settings, feel free to change them back to the defaults.
But hopefully, you'll see a bit of a speed boost.