Changing Nameservers to OpenDNS

Lately I’ve noticed that Streamyxs DNS Server is over crowded and poorly maintained. This is the reason why it takes such a long time for the DNS servers to lookup the proper IP address for my domain and such. This is why it takes couple of minutes to load the page. The problem lies within their DNS Server. You may be thinking what is this DNS server that you keep on hearing. To translate it , it simply a yellow pages of the Internet. The concept is similar on how you would lookup for phone numbers in white pages or yellow pages. That’s how DNS works (you can take a look at this video to get the idea on how actually it works) 
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je2LeiQ-4sg
 
Firstly when you key-in a web address , your Web Browser would send to the DNS server to be ‘translated’ into IP address so that it can connect to the server directly and fetch the content of the site for you. This is what DNS Server does , generally it translates domain names into IP Address. Now imagine this , what if its overloaded. Suppose if a DNS Server is able to handle 100 requests a day and all of a sudden surge in number of users who are using Internet – Bam the DNS server tears itself apart. That is why you have 2 DNS servers (one is a backup) and suppose if both fails . Then my friend , you’re in big trouble. This is what exactly happened to TM’s DNS Server couple of days ago. The server just wasn’t able to handle large number of requests and not to mention poor maintenance  by TM folks. Anyhow , the best remedy that I can think is by changing DNS Server. This usually solves the issue of not able to connect to a certain site , as generally some DNS servers only keep track of 1-2 IP address for a server whereas the server could have to 5 IPs . This is where OpenDNS comes into play. Its a way better managed DNS Server by people who do know how to manage. 
 


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How Pharming Works (Credits : plynt.com) - Generally this is how users are "tricked' thinking that they are actually accessing a genuine banking website whereas he is actually accessing a fake/trap site


 
Not to mention that it has additional features that allows you to block certain sites (i.e pornographic , gambling sites) for free as opposed to using ISP’s filtering services which they charge you (In Malaysia , TM rips its customer by offering this service for a “nominal fee”) and not to mention OpenDNS  also alerts if the site is potentially dangerous or a fake site (i.e fake banking site) as we all do know that scammers and losers are on the lose trying to bait people to click sites which can potentially harm your PC or to collect your personal information. 
So what’s the catch you ask – If you’re Malaysia – chances are it takes a bit longer for you to load a site. However its a fair trade off , to speed , stability and not to mention additional things that OpenDNS has to offer. Setting up OpenDNS is fairly straight forward and their web-site offers on how to set it up for all platforms including mobile phones such as Windows Mobile powered phones , iPhone and even on how to set it up in your router !

11 thoughts to “Changing Nameservers to OpenDNS”

  1. i have heard about this before, but I’m a bit confusing actually. OK, let say we use this service, OPENDNS. Do we still need streamyx? I mean, we still have to subscribe to streamyx right? Correct me if I’m wrong. So, if we still need streamyx, doesn’t it means that we still connected thru streamyx connection? or is it otherwise?
    Of course by changing the DNS no. to OPENDNS we’ll be connected through OPENDNS, then what happen to current Streamyx DNS.
    I’ve a situation here, hope you don’t mind I’m asking. Ok, I set my router to connect to streamyx as usual using my username and pass and for DNS no. part, I let it to be set automatically. Then, I set the DNS in my computer to be connected to OPENDNS. Can it work that way? Or is it the way it works?
    Since I’m not an expert in this matter, hopefully you’ll have some answer for my question since I like to try this service. 🙂
    Nice post you’ve here. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    1. Hi there Izzat
      Thanks for dropping by. Firstly , OpenDNS is like a whitepages/yellow pages. You need to have a phone service in order to use whitepages/yellowpages (otherwise it defeats the purpose of having phone numbers when you can’t even make calls). OpenDNS is not an ISP , they merely provide DNS Services. Think of it as umm directory service offered by a 3rd party company.
      As for your second question. You don’t even have to touch your router settings. You may simply change your DNS settings in your PC to point to OpenDNS service and yes you’ll be connected to streamyx (you can’t change that). However one advantage over TMNut’s DNS servers is that like I’ve mentioned , it provides more IP for many major servers. For instance Microsoft has over like 50 servers (rough estimation) , and most of the time Tmnut DNS only shows 1 or 2. With OpenDNS it will automatically pick the “best server” based on your location. Thus giving you a better download speed and stuff
      Why don’t you give it a shot and share your experience in your blog. I would love to read your thoughts too !

  2. Izzat, like Pradessh said, if you want more control over the DNS, you might want to use openDNS. besides, there are several websites that can only be opened using other DNS servers besides the ISP DNS server in Malaysia. For instance, the last Malaysia Today website blocked by ISP in Malaysia..there were no problem for the people using DNS other than the “made in Malaysia” DNS servers
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  3. hmm……….so do u mean that…DNS is a middle man? let say for example…..DNS streamyx is a noob taxi driver as it dunno the faster route to destination…as OpenDNS is a professional taxi driver which know all those shortcut/fastest route to destination…in this example the ‘destination’ means webpage…..so does my example correct? and also….currently i surf some website from certain country is slow…so if i change ‘taxi driver’…will it faster?

    1. Its something like that Jek and you’ve got the concept right. Well it would be faster in many cases , however if TM is suffering from major International outage – chances are we’ll be doomed as well. However your theory it correct and you’ve have it right
      Kudos !

  4. Hi Pradeesh, I have been using streamyx for quite awhile and have been using some of their ‘alternative’ DNS. So I tried to use OpenDNS as you advised, but despite changing the DNS setting in my router my main status page on my router still shows my domain name server to be: 202.188.0.133 and 202.188.1.5
    Any idea? It would appear that I am not on OpenDNS. Thanks

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