The app that I am going to review next is the Static DNS for WiFi app.
Google play: Static DNS for WiFi
I stumbled upon this app because I tried to find ways on how to speed up and stabilize my internet connection. Sounds like a prank (I know), but there are actually a multitude of ways to do just that. Some of you might say, why don’t I just upgrade my internet speed/bandwidth through my internet service provider? Well yes, that is one option but not always the right one.
I am based in the Philippines, which is currently ranked second slowest in terms of download speeds (out of 22 countries in Asia). The average download speed here is only 3.64 MBps. The cost per Mbps is also very expensive with an average value of $18.18 (source: ABS-CBN news). In conclusion, upgrading my speed package does not really guarantee fast internet speed and can be very expensive as well. So I might as well stick with what I have now (which is 1 MBps haha), and just try some ways for improvement.
So what I did is to test this app at peak hours (which is usually around 5-7 pm in my location). At this time period, the internet speed really becomes slow and unstable. These are some of the indications: slow loading of photos/videos/GIFs in Facebook, delayed sending of messages, Youtube buffering, etc.
Without the app, these problems persisted. When I tried activating the app by setting the DNS to the Google public DNS server (there are other available serversand there is also an option add a new DNS server), I am surprised that it actually worked! I can say for certain because photos now load faster in Facebook and I did not have problems using messaging apps.
Before I forget, let me tell you about the function of a DNS server:
“The Domain Name System (DNS) is a system for naming computers and network services that is organized into a hierarchy of domains. TCP/IP networks, such as the Internet, use DNS to locate computers and services through user-friendly names” (Excerpt taken from: Technet Microsoft).
In simpler terms:
“The Domain Name System (DNS) is like the Internet’s phonebook, mapping website names like “About.com” to a specific computer (or computers) where the site is hosted” (Excerpt taken from: Mobileoffice.about.com).
“When you try to access a website, your computer has to look up the addresses, and your choice of DNS server can affect how fast a website loads. The network settings for your computer, router, and/or access point allow you to specify which DNS servers (primary and secondary) to use. By default, these are likely set by your Internet service provider, but there may be faster ones to use”(Excerpt taken from: Mobileoffice.about.com).
Thus, the best option is to use a DNS server that will maximize the internet speed given by your internet service provider.
I did not use the Ookla speedtest to check my internet speed because a lot of factors must be considered before doing a speed test (e.g. there should be a direct connection to the modem, no wireless devices must be connected, etc etc). I admit that it was difficult to estimate without it, but I believe that the actual use of the device will really help you determine whether there is a significant change in speed. In my case, I really felt the difference (e.g. no buffering and loading, etc).
Due to this positive result, I downloaded a PC software with a similar function: DNSjumper. I forgot where I downloaded it from (just google it, or I can give you a copy). It has a list of DNS servers, an option to check which DNS server is the fastest, and then you can directly apply the fastest DNS server to your computer. Unfortunately, I think it did not work for me, or maybe the change in speed is not significant.
We have to remember that there are a lot of factors to consider regarding changes in internet speed, including the internet service provider. Thus, the app might not work for everyone. It is really a trial and error thing.
Also, be aware that if you chose to discontinue usage of the app, you must disable it first before uninstalling — to restore the DNS server to the factory setting (or the original setting provided by your internet service provider).
I am glad that the app worked for me and I hope it does for you too! Try this app now.