Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am currently hosted with and I'm pointing my domain's namesever to the NetRegistry DNS servers, as forwarders. The current DNS lookup time is 70ms Sydney to Sydney (I'm actually down the block from the datacenter).

Is this a high DNS lookup time? Are there faster DNS providers?

May not seem like a lot, but for me every ms counts.

share|improve this question

closed as not a real question by gWaldo, EEAA, jscott, Wesley, Shane Madden Sep 7 '11 at 2:00

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

70ms is a very acceptable query time for DNS. About the only time I see a response come much faster than that is when issue a query to the DNS server on my LAN for which that server is authoritative.

share|improve this answer

Try CloudFlare - in my experience, they have the best free DNS system, with unlimited domains and unlimited records per domain, and their speeds are really good. I host all my sites through CloudFlare DNS, some with their "proxy" feature (which they say accelerates sites, but I'm not sure if this is accurate), some without.

share|improve this answer

I use and it's really great. Free account gets you 25 records for each domain. Comes with web forward too, make cname, mx, and just about any other type of record. Give it a try, and if you don't like it, you didn't pay a cent.

share|improve this answer
They're in LAX. The OPs query time is only going to increase if he switches to due to the trans-oceanic hop(s). – EEAA Sep 7 '11 at 1:44
For a time, I pointed my name server to the actual root nameservers that were near my area. Not sure if thats a good idea though. You could (wait, resolving dns or dns host?) Point to and (google) or the opendns ones. The ip for opendns servers are the ones on this site: where it says the 208 ones. – U4iK_HaZe Sep 7 '11 at 1:48
But yes, 70ms is great, your mouse clicks around 70ms. That's pretty fast for me. – U4iK_HaZe Sep 7 '11 at 1:49
From Australia, the Google DNS is fairly poor. Really, there's not much you can improve over 70ms, and a free (and therefor usually overloaded) DNS service on the opposite side of the world, and then switching to a slow DNS service (in Australia at least)... isn't going to help. – Mark Henderson Sep 7 '11 at 1:56
Understood. And once your system caches the dns records anyways it will be near-instant. – U4iK_HaZe Sep 7 '11 at 2:02

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.