Slow iPad, iPhone video? Try different DNS servers
When it comes to broadband, it’s the rare individual who gets the carrier’s advertised speed. However, you don’t have to take it lying down and one of the easiest ways to increase your speed is to use a third-party DNS server.
Though I’ve recently fallen off the wagon — big operating system update — I’m an advocate of using third-party DNS to improve broadband performance. Thereupon, slow streaming video performance on my iPad reminded me that I need to do a little tweaking.
What’s a good measure for slow streaming video on an iPhone or iPad? Well, if you’ve got four bars of reception and it takes more than 30 seconds to start playing, you might want to give this a try.
For free third-party DNS, I prefer OpenDNS. Here’s how to setup your iPhone or iPad
1. Go to settings Settings > General > Network > Wi-Fi
2. Select your network then tap the Blue + White arrow
3. Tap on DNS and type or paste (including the commas) in the following numbers:
— 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11
4. Tap on Search Domains and type or paste in “guide.opendns.com” without quotes
You’re done. Some folks like OpenDNS while others swear by Google Public DNS with the point being there’s more than one way to skin an broadband service provider.