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stewarta13wsb
Grafter
Posts: 449
Registered: 01-08-2007

DNS settings

Not sure how long ago (but a long time) I was given specific DNS settings to key in by PlusNet - probably by the help line during previous problems.

I've been experiencing a lot of slow connections and no page found errors so had a look at the Status section and read about yet more problems and a new set of settings to get round them.

I foolishly keyed them in without noting the old ones - and it was worse - Google was the only site that loaded (with even PlusNet being unavailable!!)

Because I didn't know the old ones I selected the button for automatically obtaining them - and it's working better!

*Will this cause any problems?
*What should it be set at to actually work?
*And the 6 million dollar question - what the hell has happened to PlusNet and is it ever going to get back the where it was?
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DNS settings

The auto setting *should* be absolutely fine.

My router picks these up:

primary DNS address 212.159.6.10
secondary DNS address 212.159.6.9

They're slow but they work better for me than a few others that I tried.

Start -> run

type cmd and press enter

type ipconfig/all

and it'll tell you what dns servers you're getting with the auto setting.
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DNS settings

I have posted these before but you may find them useful its all the dns etc for most uk isp its often worth adding a few to your setting so if Plus net have problems you will get dns from another isp

AOL

DNS Server:-
205.188.146.145

Incoming Mail (imap) server - imap.aol.com (port 143)
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server - smtp.aol.com (port 587)

BT Yahoo/Broadband/Internet

DNS Servers:-
194.72.6.57
194.73.82.242
194.73.73.172
194.73.73.173
194.72.9.44

Incoming Mail (pop3) server - mail.btinternet.com
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server - mail.btinternet.com

You also require your BT Broadband username. This is made up of your.name@btbroadband.com where "your" equals your first name and "name" equals your surname, e.g. joe.bloggs@btbroadband.com. BT Broadband does not require that you enter a password to connect but some routers won't connect to the Internet without a password, in which case enter the word BT.



BT Broadband

194.72.9.38
194.74.65.69
194.72.9.34
194.72.9.38
194.74.65.68
194.74.65.69
194.72.0.98
194.72.0.114
62.6.40.162
62.6.40.178

Demon

Primary DNS Server:- 158.152.1.58
Secondary DNS Server:- 158.152.1.43

Incoming mail (pop3) server - pop3.demon.co.uk (port 110)
Outgoing mail (smtp) server - post.demon.co.uk (port 25)

Eclipse

DNS Servers:-
212.104.130.9
212.104.130.65

Incoming Mail (pop3) server - mail.eclipse.co.uk
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server - smtp.eclipse.co.uk

Freedom2Surf

Primary DNS Server:- 194.106.56.6
Secondary DNS Server:- 194.106.33.42

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : inmail.f2s.com
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : outmail.f2s.com


Metronet

DNS Servers:-
213.162.97.65
213.162.97.66

Nildram (ADSL)

DNS Servers:-
213.208.106.212
213.208.106.213

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : pop3.nildram.co.uk
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : smtp.nildram.co.uk

Onetel

DNS Servers:-
212.67.96.129
212.67.96.130

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : mail.onetel.net.uk
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : mail.onetel.net.uk

Pipex

DNS Servers:-
62.241.160.200
158.43.240.4

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : pop.dial.pipex.com
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : smtp.dial.pipex.com

Plusnet

DNS Servers:-
212.159.13.49
212.159.13.50
212.159.6.9
212.159.6.10

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : mail.plus.net
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : smtp.plus.net

Tiscali

Primary DNS Server : 212.74.112.66
Secondary DNS Server : 212.74.112.67

Incoming Mail (pop3) : pop.tiscali.co.uk
Outgoing Mail (smtp) : smtp.tiscali.co.uk

TescoNet

Primary DNS Server : 194.168.4.100
Secondary DNS Server : 194.168.8.100

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : mail.tesco.net
Outgoing Mail (smtp) server : mail.tesco.net

username format : username@adsl.tesco.net

VirginNet

DNS Servers:-
194.168.4.100
194.168.8.100

Incoming Mail (pop3) server : pop.virgin.net


Wanadoo UK

195.92.195.94
195.92.195.95

Zen

212.23.8.1
212.23.3.1
212.23.8.6
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DNS settings

Someone on these boards passed on this info to me so here it is recycled:

Use: http://www.opendns.com/
They only do DNS so using their servers should be quicker for you and in the time i have been using them i have never had a slow response like plus.net servers.

Please write down your current DNS settings before switching to OpenDNS, in case you want to return to your old settings for any reason.

The addresses for OpenDNS are:

* 208.67.222.222
* 208.67.220.220

It works and its free!
stewarta13wsb
Grafter
Posts: 449
Registered: 01-08-2007

DNS settings

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They only do DNS so using their servers should be quicker for you and in the time i have been using them i have never had a slow response like plus.net servers.

It works and its free!


Sounds promising, but not knowing what DNS is, or does, can someone explain what I'd actually be doing here - does it mean you're not connecting via PlusNet? Does it save them bandwidth? Is it faster? etc.... sorry to be a numpty but "I know nothing Manuel" Wink Shockedops: Shockedops:
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DNS settings

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does it mean you're not connecting via PlusNet?


You would not be using the plusnet DNS servers, DNS in simple terms finds out where the internet site you are looking for is located, so that your browser can direct itself at the site.

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Does it save them bandwidth?


No, as your connection to the openDNS servers is still via plusnet, it just means your DNS service is not provided by plusnet. (all traffic to and from the WWW is through plusnet still.)

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Is it faster?


In theory yes, and is definately faster while plusnet are having trouble without an expected fix date.

All in all the differences are minimal if plusnet DNS servers are working well, but they are not!
stewarta13wsb
Grafter
Posts: 449
Registered: 01-08-2007

DNS settings

Thanks for that, I'll give it a try Cheesy