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Old 10-19-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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HOME DNS server good idea or not?


Ok here is what I have
1. Static IP from my ISP on a broadband connection
2. Fedora Core 7 running on a Gateway PIII 850
with 60GB total HD space
This is what I would like to do:

I have noticed recently that my ISP is having load problems I think it is with one of their DNS servers but I am not sure. I was browsing the web and I read a thread about running a DNS server on my internal network. I think this would reduce the Load time it takes for me to get to a website. Is this a feasiable idea or not. I checked with my ISP and they don't care if I run a DNS or not, they don't even care if I run a Webserver or not. Now the big question I have is: Is it feasiable to run a DNS server for my home network and if it is how do I go about configuring Fedora 7 to act as a dns server.


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Old 10-19-2007, 03:38 PM   #2
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Running an internal DNS server is fine. It will speedup name lookups, but I doubt you'll see a difference between using your own DNS and your ISPs. Your talking a difference of less than 50 ms, which is .02 of a second.

Installing BIND should be as simple as using your package manager to install it, and telling all the computers on your network to use that computers address as their DNS server.

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Old 10-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #3
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A DNS server for your intranet is not so difficult, but why bother if you have less than [very many] PC's?
A DNS server for the internet is another matter alltogether. I do not think you want to start on this if you are just running a small home network.

So, change your ISP for one that has a better response time. This generally costs money, but you get what you pay for.
 
Old 10-19-2007, 03:46 PM   #4
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unless you have a huge number of clients, you'll not really see any benefit if that server is forwarding to your ISP still... why not just find other name servers which don't suck? you're going to need to do that anyway...

personally i seldom bother installing BIND in places like that, just use a simple tool like dnsmasq instead, but as above, i don't see any benefit for yourself really...

in terms of what your ISP think about you doing that, they would have no idea / interest / ability to object at all... you will still be making 95%+ of the same DNS requests upstream anyway.
 
Old 10-19-2007, 06:03 PM   #5
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You can try using DNS servers from somewhere other than your ISP, if their DNS servers are inadequate. Try OpenDNS servers. I've found them fast and reliable. Just set your DNS to:

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
 
Old 10-19-2007, 09:27 PM   #6
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I would suggest that it is not your ISP's DNS servers causing the problem. It is more likely that they are reaching capacity constaints with their upstream providers.

I would suggest that your best bet is to use the ISP's DNS servers, and then shop around for another ISP.

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Old 10-20-2007, 09:03 PM   #7
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I'll give it a try......

I'll give opendns.org a try and see if it helps. After I posted the original thread I used the add remove programs on my FC7 box and installed BIND. The question now is do I need to do anything as far as configuring it. Also I don't want to change providers, my provider only charges $15.00 more on my internet portion of my bill for a Static IP. Time Warner minimum is like $70.00 Grande Communications has a better rate. The phone company service DSL is also slower then Cable.



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Old 10-20-2007, 09:13 PM   #8
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To set up a local caching nameserver, you'll new a few more packages (if they are not already installed). The step-by-step is here.
 
  


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