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Google Public DNS Servers

In a quest to take over the Internet, Google has announced a new experimental public DNS resolver.  Obviously DNS a very important and fundamental piece of the Internet.  It does proper host to IP association, without it having domain names would be pointless and memorizing servers  by IP alone would be impossible.

So why Google is experimenting with DNS anyway?  The service itself is old enough to grandfather Google and many major ISPs have their own name servers which provide the service to it’s customers.  Google wants to make it public so that anyone can utilize it’s public DNS without having to rely on their own local and private providers.

In their own words….

We believe that a faster DNS infrastructure could significantly improve the browsing experience for all web users. To enhance DNS speed but to also improve security and validity of results, Google Public DNS is trying a few different approaches that we are sharing with the broader web community through our documentation:

The objective is to improve the speed, security and validity of queries.  To try out the experimental public DNS servers, visit http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using.html and try it out.

Google Public DNS IP addresses

The Google Public DNS IP addresses are as follows:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

If you’re running Linux, vi /etc/resolv.conf on your system and add the above 2 IPs and you should be set.

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