360ms ping to the DNS server..

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Dec 3, 2009, 5:14:19 PM12/3/09
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No good for people in Australia..

So somehow i dont think it will be quicker than my local 24ms
server... Even if the actual DNS retrieval is quicker..


Dec 3, 2009, 6:49:13 PM12/3/09
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Yea, for me it is ~ 40ms slower than opendns in NJ


Dec 3, 2009, 6:39:20 PM12/3/09
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I just pinged on telstra bigpond, its 225 ms.. pretty slow ..


Dec 3, 2009, 6:26:41 PM12/3/09
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I am getting ~150 from Melbourne. Still slow but if this proves
popular perhaps we could get a local server.

On Dec 4, 9:14 am, Sage <sage...@gmail.com> wrote:


Dec 3, 2009, 7:09:16 PM12/3/09
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How will this make the internet faster for me when the round trip to
the google dns server is 7.2x slower than my ISP's DNS?

I don't see anything in the FAQ about this issue.



Dec 3, 2009, 7:12:54 PM12/3/09
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I pinged both and got around 150ms, around 20ms lower
than opendns's ip's. I'm on optus isp.

slight improvement over opendns. lets hope we get a local server.

On Dec 4, 10:26 am, Richard <mcg...@gmail.com> wrote:


Dec 3, 2009, 7:54:16 PM12/3/09
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On Dec 3, 2:14 pm, Sage <sage...@gmail.com> wrote:
> So somehow i dont think it will be quicker than my local 24ms
> server... Even if the actual DNS retrieval is quicker..

The ping latency alone won't tell the whole story when it comes to
DNS. If the record you're requesting is in both your local DNS and in
Google's DNS, then yes -- local is going to be significantly faster.
If, however, the record isn't available in your local DNS but is in
Google's, and the request time between your local server and the next-
most authortative DNS is greater than the difference in latency
between your system and your local DNS and between your system and
Google's DNS, then using Google's DNS would be a better choice. And
if neither have the record you want, but Google can get it faster,
again you'll have a win for Google's DNS servers.

All of which means, depending on your browsing habits, you could have
a net win using Google's DNS servers. If you're mostly staying within
your LAN, or are hitting records that are likely to be cached (because
you only use a handful of popular sites), then Google probably won't
help much. If you're hitting lots of random obscure sites, Google's
DNS may have a net positive effect, even with a higher access latency
(as the lookup delay between the DNS servers may be significantly

In my case, I run my own DNS server. Doing some quick tests using dig
to measure the response time on some obscure, unlikely-to-be-locally-
cached domain names, Google's DNS is often coming back as faster than
having my local DNS contact the forwarding nameserver to resolve the
name. As such, even though Google's ping latency from my network is
higher than contacting my ISP's nameservers (the current forwarders),
the fact that they seem to be more heavily optimized towards reducing
latency during cache hits looks to be an overall win. As a forwarder
to my local DNS, this means that subsequent lookups for the same
domain are going to be virtually instantaneous (as they're cached by
the local DNS until their TTL hits). I'm going to make them my
preferred forwarder.

There are a lot of organizations that run their own caching DNS's that
do DNS forwarding; if Google's optimizations turn out to be all
they're cracked up to be, switching to using them for resolving
external names may be a win, even if the latency to the server is
higher. And if Google deploys more proximal servers, all the better
-- the gains will be immediate for anyone who relies on them for DNS



Dec 3, 2009, 7:57:00 PM12/3/09
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stable ping around 37 ms for both and from Copenhagen,


Dec 4, 2009, 6:04:20 PM12/4/09
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Any fellow Ozwegians know how to configure Telstra's Wireless USB to
use gDNS ..?

I've the Telstra 7 Series USB Wireless. But it seems the IP's are hard-
coded into it, and uneditable.
I can add the Google DNS addresses no probs, but cannot removed the
default Testra IP's, or even at-least reorder them so Goog's are
higher up the DNS chain.


Dec 4, 2009, 8:26:41 PM12/4/09
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The google DNS product manager has already promised us that they'll
ensure we get some local, low-ping gDNS servers sometime soon.



Dec 5, 2009, 9:15:53 AM12/5/09
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As Sage explained, retrieving answers from Google DNS could in theory
be faster than retrieving them from your local DNS. I would expect a
well-maintained local resolver to beat GNDS, especially if most of
your queries are for popular sites and services, but the sad fact is
that many ISPs (e.g. here in the US, the local telco & cable
monopolies) don't have a clue when it comes to DNS. Also, Google DNS
potentially provides a security improvement vs. a badly-maintained
local server.

But there's another side effect of using a topologically-distant DNS
resolver: the potential to receive substantially different answers for
CDN (content distribution network) services. CDNs typically use the IP
address of the DNS resolver to guess where the end users are located
and return different answers to DNS queries from different resolvers
in an attempt to direct end users to the "closest" content server. So,
if you are located in Australia and use a local DNS resolver, you may
retrieve significantly more content from a relatively local web
server. This could result in faster overall web page loading and file
transfer performance, even when DNS queries themselves are slower.
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