Back in 2009 I reviewed one of the first public versions of DNS Jumper, a portable program for Windows that allowed you to change the system's DNS with the click of the mouse button. The application back then was released during the "dns craze" where Google and other big players like Symantec entered the market to become providers. The program had its flaws, especially the inability to add your own DNS providers to the list and the lack of information about each server needed fixing to make the program more versatile and comfortable to use.
The developer recently has released DNS Jumper version 1.0.4. The new version shows many improvements justifying a new review here on Ghacks.
When you start the program now you will notice that it looks completely different from the version reviewed in 2009. You can select one or all network cards of the computer system in the pulldown menu at the top. A refresh button is available to scan for new network cards.
The Choose a free DNS Service menu lists dozens of DNS providers. If you select a provider from the list you will see the IP addresses of the servers in the program interface. Even better, you can click on the check response time button to benchmark all domain name servers listed in the application.
You can add DNS services manually to the list of providers with a click on the + icon in the interface. All you need to do then is to enter a DNS Server Name and the two server IP addresses.
Another interesting feature is the ability to benchmark all servers for speed. A click on the Fastest DNS button runs the benchmark (again) with the option to switch to the fastest server in the end.
A click on Apply DNS sets the currently selected DNS Service as the DNS provider for the selected network adapter. The program can backup the settings to restore them at a later time and flush the DNS.
The developer has improved the program noticeably by correcting the issues of the old version. Windows users can download the portable freeware DNS Jumper from the developer website. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.Advertisement
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