I’ve been a long-time user of Google’s DNS service and have generally been happy with it – happy enough that upon the initial offering of CloudFlare’s DNS service, I didn’t really give it much thought. I use CloudFlare’s caching products and have been very happy with them too, so I have no real bias on either side of the fence – both companies offer some pretty strong services.
All that said, in the last week or so, I’ve had some spotty browsing on both my laptop (on wireless) and my PC (plugged in on ethernet) – occasionally long page load times and sometimes outright failures. So tonight I decided to investigate.
I had done a few speed tests in the past and never had an issue with bandwidth on wired or wireless so I didn’t bother this time around. Instead I started pinging Google DNS and noticed I’m having some crazy latency bumps.
I decided, why not, let’s switch and see what happens.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.
CloudFlare DNS pings at half the latency of Google DNS and it’s CONSISTENTLY fast. Browsing on my laptop and PC are wicked fast with a massively noticable improvement in page load times.
Change your DNS settings on your router to:
Thank me later mates.