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Old 02-10-08, 10:34 AM
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OpenDNS fixed a big problem of mine!

Folks,

If you're having problems switching between web sites (It drove me [email protected]$%^^ nuts for the last two days on my EarthLink ADSL connection! ) and you are using a fixed Domain Name Server address for your Internet connection, try switching to the OpenDNS server address and see if it fixes the problem. I just switched over and all web sites now come down at FULL speed.
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Old 02-10-08, 11:06 AM
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Seconded. I've tried several programs for running DNS on my own computer, but they all have issues with Vista. The only problem I've had with OpenDNS is that occasionally I'll do a Google search and it'll throw up a notice saying, "Your search resembles some automated searches. Please fill out this captcha to prove you're human." Everytime I did a search on Thursday, I got that.
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Old 02-10-08, 11:12 AM
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Sean,

Hey, your problem is minor compared to mine--I literally could not bring up certain web pages when I was on my old DNS server. Switching to the OpenDNS server fixed the problem and now web pages come down lightning-fast!
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I, too, am now drinking the OpenDNS koolaid. It goes quite well with the DD-WRT koolaid.
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Old 02-20-08, 06:55 PM
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How do I switch?
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Old 02-21-08, 01:09 AM
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How do I switch?
Just follow their directions:
https://www.opendns.com/start
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Old 02-21-08, 10:08 AM
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I concur. For home use, everyone and their grandmother should use OpenDNS. It helps filter out phishing sites, makes virtually everything load faster, and it rarely has issues, like the Bellsouth servers for instance.

For businesses, its a bit trickier. Unless you can convince your Network Admin to use OpenDNS, you might have issues resolving things inside your company network that are available on an intranet and internet basis. Such as email. I know at my job, using OpenDNS caused my Outlook to stop pulling down my Exchange email when it resolved our email server's IP address to the outside IP address it uses to provide email for our home users. Which is a huge no no to every single firewall and/or router out there.
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Old 02-21-08, 11:17 AM
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I've switched to opendns to solve a problem a while ago, and while it does work great, it does have 1 side effect that annoys me.

I used to be able to type in just "dvdtalk" and hit enter, and my browser would just take me to www.dvdtalk.com.

Now, with opendns, it sends me to a search page, where dvdtalk.com is a link near the top. Sure, it's just 1 extra click, but still annoying.
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Old 02-21-08, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by joeblow69
I've switched to opendns to solve a problem a while ago, and while it does work great, it does have 1 side effect that annoys me.

I used to be able to type in just "dvdtalk" and hit enter, and my browser would just take me to www.dvdtalk.com.

Now, with opendns, it sends me to a search page, where dvdtalk.com is a link near the top. Sure, it's just 1 extra click, but still annoying.
1. Type dvdtalk.
2. Press Ctrl+Enter.
3. ????
4. Profit.
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Old 02-21-08, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by stevevt
1. Type dvdtalk.
2. Press Ctrl+Enter.
3. ????
4. Profit.
I don't think that works in safari
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Old 02-21-08, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by joeblow69
I've switched to opendns to solve a problem a while ago, and while it does work great, it does have 1 side effect that annoys me.

I used to be able to type in just "dvdtalk" and hit enter, and my browser would just take me to www.dvdtalk.com.

Now, with opendns, it sends me to a search page, where dvdtalk.com is a link near the top. Sure, it's just 1 extra click, but still annoying.
That's OpenDNS's Typo Correction "feature" at work. It's the main way they generate revenue, so they make you go through a few hoops to turn it off -- but thankfully you can disable it. You need to create an account on OpenDNS.com, go to your Dashboard, and uncheck the option for Typo Correction.
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