Sunday, April 25, 2010

Speeding up Virgin Media Broadband

Having had Virgin Broadband for a few days I have noticed that although the download speeds are close to 10MBit there is often a delay in accessing web pages. I have traced this to the resolvers being slow to respond. These are the DNS servers used to resolve web addresses to IP addresses.

Fortunately there was a simple fix to this which has seriously speeded up my experience of using the service. I switched to using Google's public responders.

See here for instructions for Windows, Mac and Linux:

NB: This will not increase your download speeds but it will make web pages load faster.