If you're blessed with a Streamyx (Screamyx) connection, you may have hit some problems connecting to certain websites. I've been facing problems trying to connect to some of Google's services, e.g. Gmail and Google Reader. Turns out that this is in relation to TM Net's DNS servers.
Switch to OpenDNS -- now!
We just did that for our home router, and it worked like a gem. Moreover, OpenDNS offers some great features at no cost -- it protects you from phishing and provides typo correction (e.g. when you hit google.cm instead of google.com)
All you have to do is switch your DNS server IP addresses to the following OpenDNS IP addresses:
Before switching to OpenDNS, and using TM Net - unable to resolve to www.google.com:
Immediately after switching to OpenDNS, we were able to resolve to the latest IP address for www.google.com:
The OpenDNS team has put together comprehensive information on their website with regards to their service, and they also include extensive guides on configuring various routers -- kudos!
- OpenDNS: 2 minute start guide
- OpenDNS: What is it?
- OpenDNS: FAQ
- OpenDNS: Stats (number of DNS requests per day)
- OpenDNS: System Status (or pull their RSS feed)
Over 350 million DNS requests per day (see Stats):
A remarkable System Status report: