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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 2016-05-08, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Change DNS?

I have tv and Internet. What's going to happen if I change the primary/secondary DNS?

Will this mess everything up?

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No problems unless the servers changed too are junk I have not used my ISPs nameservers in literally decades since I got online and figured out what a piece of junk they were. I use Googles 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 if my memory serves me well.
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Question Xbox one change DNS ?

Has anyone successfully changed DNS servers thru Xbox One settings? I have tried several times but DNS stays the same.

Am I inputting the numbers in the wrong order? Do I need to save and reboot the device? Maybe enter the new DNS and shutdown Xbox ...kinda stumped.

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Xbox one solution

So I found a solution . I disabled IPv6 on my actiontec Telus router. That fixed my issue. Now the only question left is what does IPv6 do?

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This discussion of IPv4 and IPv6 may help:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/28-i...addresses.html
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What's going to happen if I change the primary/secondary DNS?
Not all DNS servers are as fast as each other. You may find your over all Internet performance is different after the change. If it is noticeably slower, you'll know why. UBC used to have an amazingly fast DNS server but they've been hit by repeated DDOS attacks recently so sadly they're not reliable anymore. Agreed that Google's 8.8.8.8 is particulary fast.



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Now the only question left is what does IPv6 do?
That a look at this video. It's all about why you should be using IPv6 with the Xbox.

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Googles 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
Those are not necessarily the fastest servers available for Canada, partially due to extra latency reaching some US sites. I also avoid making everything Google because of the tracking. It's one more set of info they can use, or disclose to the US government. Speed is not the only thing to look for. Some DNS servers provide extra security or filtering that may be desired for family members, etc. I use completely different sources for primary and secondary DNS to increase reliability.

Top 10 Best Public DNS Servers & Fastest DNS Servers 2016

GRC DNSBench - Domain Name Speed Benchmark
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Google namebench

Google's namebench DNS analysis tool is terrific for seeing the fastest DNS servers available on ones' ISP. You'll need python 2.4 - 2.6 to make it work. I run it periodically in command line mode and filter the results to the resolv.conf file. Python version link: https://github.com/catap/namebench

Newer versions are apparently being rewritten in Go so may require some additional work to make it operational if you're not a golang user so far: https://github.com/google/namebench



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Use Google's namebench DNS analysis tool to see which DNS server is fastest? What could go wrong with that? It's not like a big company like Google would skew results to favour their own DNS servers. Would Intel rig benchmark tools to favour their own CPUs? Wait a minute, I think they did.
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Well, namebench works beautifully, is perfectly transparent in its activities and its source code, and provides inspectable, editable results accordingly without installing anything automatically. It is in the form of readable Python scripts, not binaries.

If I don't want Google in the results, I filter it out. No forced Google usage if you don't want it.

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Are you a power-user with 5 minutes to spare? Do you want a faster internet
experience?

Try out namebench. It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your
computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web
browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to
provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and
does not modify your system in any way. This project began as a 20% project
at Google.

namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX, and is available with a
graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface.

Requirements:

* Python 2.4 - 2.6. If you are using Mac OS X or Linux, this is
built-in. Otherwise, visit http://www.python.org/


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I'm sure Google's namebench is Ok, especially due to its open source status. I remain skeptical of anything like this that has a possible conflict of interest. GRC DNSBench does not need Python. It's a standalone executable so it doesn't leave any trace on the system. Google's servers are not the fastest on its rankings, far from it. GRC DNSBench is Windows only so I encourage Linux users to use Google's namebench instead.
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