FREE DNS Servers List

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FREE DNS Servers List

The Question:

Some of you might be wondering, so what is a DNS Server and what can it do for me?

The Answer:

DNS stands for Domain Name System. You can often notice that using a third-party DNS Server will help improve your browsing experience. DNS helps you increase your browsing speed (and not your downloading speed), the time it takes to load a web-page are often improved using third-party DNS services such as Google & OpenDNS, but that isn’t always the case as sometimes your ISP may provide better DNS than these third-party ones.

The simplest task of a DNS is to translate host names such as (google.com) to a ip address like (221.120.207.29). But most of the third party DNS Servers provide more functionality and are much more secure and up to date than the DNS server of your ISP. They are dedicated DNS servers and well designed for handling all sorts of complicated DNS tasks and requests. So these third-party DNS servers can offer just more than the basic DNS functionality. Many use third-party DNS Services to bypass website block or censoring by your internet service provider.

When your ISP decides to block a certain website, it might prefer to block DNS requests for that website, rather than blocking the entire IP address. This type of a block is known as DNS Blocking. In such circumstances, using alternate, uncensored or “open” DNS servers can turn out to be an easy way to bypass that limitation. BUT, as i already said it doesn’t necessarily always work!

For example: When your ISP blocks your favorite website (such as Facebook or Twitter), you can trying using third-party DNS to bypass that block (but remember that it does not always work); or if you know the IP Address of the desired website you can use that to access the website, but then again that doesn’t always work either.

If you want to Bypass DNS Blocking / Censoring by using the IP address of the website instead of the domain, you can use something like the command prompt to find the website’s IP address ‐ For example, to find Google’s IP address we would type the following in the Command Prompt window.

ping www.google.com or just ping www.google.com

The Command prompt will resolve the IP for the hostname when you ping it.

List of Public DNS Servers

Now that we have cleared that, I will be posting some good, fast and FREE DNS Servers below:

Google’s Public DNS Server

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider. If you want you can read what Google has to say about the Google Public DNS service.

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

SmartViper Public DNS

Read more about SmartViper’s Free DNS Service

  • 208.76.50.50
  • 208.76.51.51

OpenDNS DNS Server

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.222.220

DNSadvantage DNS Server

  • 156.154.70.1
  • 156.154.71.1

DNS Reactor

DNSReactor provides FREE Public DNS servers that you can use as an alternative to your local ISP DNS servers.

  • 204.45.18.18
  • 204.45.18.26

Norton ConnectSafe DNS for Home

Norton ConnectSafe for Home is a free dns service that provides a first layer of defense by blocking unsafe sites automatically. Norton ConnectSafe provides basic browsing protection and content filtering for all Web-enabled devices on your home network.

Norton offers 3 different variety of DNS servers, tailored for different level of filtering and security.
Preferred DNS Alternate DNS
1 – Security (malware, phishing sites and scam sites)
198.153.192.40 198.153.194.40
2 – Security + Pornography
198.153.192.50 198.153.194.50
3 – Security + Pornography + Non-Family Friendly
198.153.192.60 198.153.194.60

Comodo Secure DNS

Comodo Secure DNS is a domain name resolution service that resolves your DNS requests through our worldwide network of redundant DNS servers. This can provide a much faster and more reliable Internet browsing experience than using the DNS servers provided by your ISP and does not require any hardware or software installation.

  • 8.26.56.26
  • 8.20.247.20

Pakistan’s PTCL Broadband DNS Server

  • 202.125.132.12
  • 4.2.2.2
  • 203.135.2.117

More..

  • 119.152.255.60
  • 119.152.255.70

Pakistan’s BrainNET DNS Server

  • 203.128.7.10

Note:- I already stated above but just like to clearly say again that changing your DNS will not improve your downloading speed and it does not bypass all sorts of blocks from your ISP either.

Here is a million dollar tip πŸ™‚ After changing your DNS, before sure to clear the DNS Cache of your computer. In Windows you do that by opening the command prompt screen, and typing the below.

ipconfig /flushdns

OR

dscacheutil -flushcache (for Mac OS X 10.5 and newer)

/etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart (for Linux)

Which DNS Server do you use? have something that isn’t posted above? let us know πŸ™‚

Just so you guys know i have added some new dns servers above and am also working on a few detailed articles which will also provide the “best way to unblock all the websites” blocked or censored by your ISP. So stay tuned by Subscribing with your Email (Top-Right of Page), and you can also Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive regular updates.

Last Updated: December 17, 2012

This article was last updated on December 17, 2012

About the Author - Zubair

Zubair is a professional freelance Web Designer and Web Developer, and is also the founder of eBloggy. He has been addicted to the Web since 2000.
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42 Comments to FREE DNS Servers List

  1. rawaha's avatar rawaha says:

    i need dns settings for my xbox 360 live,, nothing seems to work, i have tried a lot of dns settings.. can u help ??

  2. umer sethi's avatar umer sethi says:

    please open a facebook …………..please

  3. kashan's avatar kashan says:

    Hi, is it necessary that we should use both primary and secondary dns’s. If i use one of them only can it excessible

  4. 202.142.160.2
    202.141.224.34

    Multinet Free DNS

  5. hania bakhri's avatar hania bakhri says:

    dear wateen Bolt2. mery device achi trha chl rahi he ,mgr you tub nahi chlta .plz youtube unblockl kr den . rply me must

    • Umer's avatar Umer says:

      As you tube is blocked in Pakistan so you should use somekinda bypass like VPN ( virtual private network) or try to change your DNS to google DNS which is 8.8.8.8

  6. Sheekra's avatar Sheekra says:

    How can I watch Ptv sports in US
    As PTV blocks Foriegn dns
    Thx
    Sheekra

  7. Fawad ali's avatar Fawad ali says:

    JoiN A|fa StreeT FiGhTinG [NorMA|] |GaminG| Server IP
    192.168.36.5:27016

  8. ahsan's avatar ahsan says:

    hi how are you all i want to know that what is 192.168.15.1 DNS Servers

  9. jansher's avatar jansher says:

    yar ptcl bhot ganda connection ha, net chalta he nai 3 din sy kia krun

  10. Donnie's avatar Donnie says:

    Thanks for the list, I didn’t know 75% of the servers listed in your post. I’m glad i found this post as I was facing slow website loading problem and this might be just what i need.. Some new DNS servers πŸ™‚

  11. Asad's avatar Asad says:

    hey bro what ever I do I found problem in connecting with primery dns server.
    what should I do now?

  12. Arslan's avatar Arslan says:

    after Pakistan Govt Blocked Youtube, the other google services like blogger, google images also got effected, and it was a big problem for me to write and publish new post, here comes your post and i find
    208.76.50.50
    208.76.51.51

    to solve my problems thanks alot.

  13. Bilal Ahmed Qureshi's avatar Bilal Ahmed Qureshi says:

    i am unable to access facebook and hotmail from my ptcl dsl but i can access any other websites…i change many dns, reinstall new windows scan virus but still have prob do u know solution??

    • Zubair's avatar Zubair says:

      @Bilal Ahmed Qureshi:

      I’m not really sure why you are not able to access Facebook or Hotmail.

      Did you try using Google's Public DNS (found above)?

      If you did and it didn’t work, are you able to Ping Facebook.com or Hotmail.com?

      Are you getting an error or message when you try to access these sites?

  14. afsar khan's avatar afsar khan says:

    yar net ki speed sahi nahi hui us ke liye kya karon?

  15. 1 of the best DNS server
    208.67.222.123
    208.67.220.123

  16. Amjad's avatar Amjad says:

    if u know ,tell me

  17. Please anybody share telenor free dns. I want to use telenor free net.

  18. sarmad's avatar sarmad says:

    Wateen DNS
    10.16.6.11
    10.16.7.12
    [edited by Admin = fixed]

  19. Maria S's avatar Maria S says:

    That google dns article is quite intresting. Anything google likes must mean it’s a good thing.

  20. numair ali arif's avatar numair ali arif says:

    hi there… recently i was using OPEN DNS for couple of days…it was better than that of my ptcl… i want to know that r there any hazards of changing the DNS ? my friend told me that theres a risk of hacking of ur pc i.e ur pc may got hacked by using other dns???

  21. Syed's avatar Syed says:

    BrainNet DNS!!! brilliant, less than 50ms..

  22. sunny salim's avatar sunny salim says:

    can u tell me what is the dns of wateen telecom

  23. Sammi67's avatar Sammi67 says:

    I use 4 DNS servers.

    1) Ptcl server 1
    2) Ptcl server 2
    3) OpenDNS server
    4) Google DNS server

    This resolves all websites very fast.

    • Faheem Saeed's avatar Faheem Saeed says:

      how to write four dns servers.
      there are only two dns servers
      first primery and second Secondery?
      please help me how to write four dns servers

      • Zubair's avatar Zubair says:

        @Faheem Saeed:
        That’s really all you need, technically speaking you don’t even need two. Even one dns server would do fine. So you don’t need to put 4 dns servers, 2 is the most possible.

  24. Julia's avatar Julia says:

    Great list, thanks! They are still alive from what i checked πŸ™‚
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  25. 4 DNS servers of PTCL which you stated are closed. only 202.125.132.12 are able to send name response. but it will not improve your net performances.

    Use google DNS. better and comfortable.
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    • Zubair's avatar Zubair says:

      Seems you’re right, but i’m not surprised i just posted that as some poor souls still prefer to use PTCL’s own DNS Servers (i know some of those poor souls), and spend quite some time to find ones that are working.

      I have been using Third-Party DNS Servers for over an year or two now. Google’s DNS Server or in backup cases i use the OpenDNS Servers.

      Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  26. UMAR FAROOQ's avatar UMAR FAROOQ says:

    I WANT DNS SERVER ADDRESS

  27. Webmaster's avatar Webmaster says:

    thanks to share the top five dns server, i like it very much and i find it very help full, hope that you will keep it up and will share more information as like this to make this blog more informative and help full for us
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  28. Danielle's avatar Danielle says:

    I use COMODO DNS Servers that improves browsing speed and blocks malicious sites.
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  29. I didn’t know Google had public DNS servers either! Thanks Zubair!
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  30. Amin's avatar Amin says:

    Thanks for the list zubair, i am using public dns servers for a long time my isp (PTCL) dns server are not reliable enough.

  31. Rajesh Bhatti's avatar Rajesh Bhatti says:

    Thankzz! i was using open dns server i did not know GOOGLE also have the same service i am changing to google dns ip now ;~)

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