DNS Jumper is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows that you can use to quickly switch between different DNS servers.
DNS and DNS servers have been pushed into the mainstream with Google's announcement that they have released public DNS servers to speed up computer user access to the Internet.
We have already published tips in the past how to benchmark DNS to find the fastest and most reliable one from all the public DNS services that are offered by various organizations and companies.
While it is not difficult to change DNS servers in the operating system, it does require some knowledge as to what they need to be changed to, and users need to know where to find the option as well.
So, users need to know the IP addresses or hostnames of DNS servers they want to use, and know how to make the changes to the operating system.
While that is surely no problem for experienced users, it may be problematic for less experienced users considering that the changes need to be made deep in the system.
DNS Jumper is a free and portable software program that assists users by providing a one-click system to change DNS servers in Windows.
The application displays a list of DNS servers that can be activated with the click of the mouse button.
Available DNS server range from Google DNS over Open DNS to Ultra DNS, Level 3, Open NIC to the default DNS server of the system.
Changing DNS servers is therefor a breeze with DNS Jumper.
The program does on the other hand lack relevant information and a configuration to edit the available DNS servers. DNS Jumper can be downloaded from the the author's website.
Update: Recent versions of the application offer additional features such as speed testing all provided DNS servers to find the fastest available one or switching DNS servers automatically on system start.
The program has come a long way ever since it was first released and is one of the best programs of its kind for the Windows operating system currently.
You can apply the changes to all network adapters on the device, or only to a network adapter you specify. Other new features include editing the list of DNS servers to add your own custom ones to the list, and to remove some servers from the list that you don't want to use at all or that are no longer working.
The program is without doubt one of the easiest programs of its kind. Not only is it portable -- you can run it from any location -- it does ship with a list of DNS servers including popular choices such as Google Public DNS, Ultra DNS, or Open DNS.
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