When you surf the web, do you find that it can sometimes take a long time to locate the web address that you just entered but once it does locate it, you can get the contents of the site so much faster? Is there something wrong with your device? Well not really. It’s just been set to default settings which is why it’s so slow. To speed it up, you just need to change a setting which should take you less than a minute and voila, you will be having a much shorter ‘location’ time.
Why is it so slow? It’s all about the DNS which stands for Domain Name System. All the internet address are actually a series of numbers in the following format: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx. To simplify things, the powers that be have linked such numbers to a URL. For example, microsoft.com’s DNS is 22.214.171.124 so if you were to enter that into your browser’s address bar, it would take you to microsoft.com. Of course it would be much easier to just remember and type microsoft.com right?
So in a nutshell, when you type microsoft.com, the query gets sent to your network’s computers which will look up it’s DNS and then find the site which it then sends to you.
Now the reason for the slow down is that your network may not have a high priority on the DNS lookups or it could just be plain overloaded. As a result, you might see the ‘locating’ status for quite a while.
All you need to do is use a custom DNS server. You don’t have to get one for your own, there’s a free version and I will walk you through the guide.
1. Go to Start > Settings and then select the Connections tab. Tap on the Connections icon.
2. Under My ISP heading, tap on Manage existing connections.
3. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one above. Choose the connection that you usually use for surfing (if there are more than one connection) and click on the Edit button.
4. Tap Next a couple of times until you reach the screen above. Usually, you only need to tap Next twice to get here but your provider might have changed the settings so do check. When you finally get to this screen, tap the Advanced… button and then select the Servers tab.
5. You will be presented with the above screen. Select the option for Use specific server address and enter 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 in the DNS and Alt DNS row respectively.
6. You should get the screen shot above. Once completed, tap on the OK/Close button in the top right corner of your screen. You will be brought to the previous screen at Step 4. Tap Finish and you are all set.
Steps take from OpenDNS.
- Do create a backup by writing down the address of the servers that you have replaced in the event that you need to use them in the future.
- These settings only affect Pocket Internet Explorer because that application does not have such a setting in itself. However, you might be using a browser that does have such a setting and in this case, you would want to change the settings in that application as well.
- The servers above belong to OpenDNS so they are reliable. You could use other DNS servers if you know and have access to them.
- Sometimes, after applying the tweak, you might not notice a significant improvement. This means that the DNS lookup was not the cause of your slow surfing to begin with.
- If you surf with more than one connection, you will need to apply the tweak to all the connections.
So there you have it. Simple steps to go about speeding up your Pocket Internet Explorer.
Thanks to WMExperts for this tweak.