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Speed internet browsing via a local domain name server
Authored by: name99 on May 24, '05 05:53:33AM

To add to all the other comments here, the value of this tip seems somewhat variable.
In the old days (early 10.3) I did the equivalent of this tip and was pleasantly surprised at the speedboost. But on my current machines (10.3.9 and 10.4.1) it noticeably slows things down. In both cases the network hardware (Airport Extreme base station) has not changed.

I suspect the resolution of this is that there might have been a bug of some sort in early 10.3.x where, although DNS values should have been cached locally automatically (ie without running a local DNS server), this was not happening, and that this bug was fixed at some point in the 10.3.x series. Anyway the bottom line is that, at least for my situation:
(1) Airport base station caches DNS entries and does so efficiently, so even if local caching doesn't work the trip to the base station is extremely rapid.
(2) Empirically running the local caching DNS server is not a win on 10.3.9 and 10.4.1 with Airport Extreme.



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