A discussion on the MHV LUG mailing list pointed to the Gibson Research DNSBench utility. Letting it chew on all the nameservers it can find, then mulling over the results for a bit, produced this short list:
- NY Public Library: 188.8.131.52
- Level 3 Comm: 184.108.40.206 or .5
- Yale: 220.127.116.11 or 11
- NTT: 18.104.22.168
Feed those into Network Manager (or /etc/resolv.conf) in some permuted order and away you go… at least if you’re near Poughkeepsie and using Optimum Online. Change anything and the results will differ.
I’d been using OpenDNS at 22.214.171.124, but the new ones test out as marginally faster and are certainly more diverse. Who knew NYPL ran a DNS?