Unlocator is a Smart DNS Proxy. Basically it allows you to unblock content that is locked in your location. For example BBC Iplayer, American Netflix, Canal Plus and the likes. In this performance test I will look at DNS speed numbers of Unlocator, Google DNS, OpenDNS, DynDNS , Ultra DNS and two of Unlocator’s competitors.
Smart DNS Proxies are in essence DNS servers with a twist. So regardless of their magic in unblocking Netflix and the likes. A Smart DNS provider still has to resolve DNS queries, and it has to do it fast and reliably. Otherwise, all of your Internet activities will suffer as probably most of your Internet and WWW request will start with a DNS request. See the illustration below :
The steps taken each time you do a DNS request are :
You ask your DNS server for the IP of a hostname “Google.com”
The DNS server checks it’s cache
If hostname is in cache it returns cached answer
If hostname is not in cache it gets the result and returns answer
Now your system does have the IP of Google.com and it can send the search request.
So in essence, unless you actually transform a hostname to an IP you are stuck. That is why speed of DNS is essential to the speed of your Internet experience.
To do this test I did use a utility called namebench. Quoting the namebench site “It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation.”
Finally, I did do this test from Denmark, results might vary from other global locations, but I guess for all of Europe the results should be similar.
OK, so now that we know why DNS speed is important, and we have the tool needed. It is time to find other DNS providers to test against. Otherwise, the results are meaningless. So, please see below the other DNS servers in this test.
Google DNS 220.127.116.11
Google DNS -2 18.104.22.168
Unlocator DNS 22.214.171.124
Unotelly DNS 126.96.36.199
Unblock-US DNS 188.8.131.52
So as you can see, I did only choose the best of the best for this test. And I got to say I was surprised by the results. It does seem that the Unlocator guys are running a pretty tight operation.
It is not easy pulling of a working Smart DNS Proxy, but beating Google DNS in terms of speed is definitely a big achievement by Unlocator worth noting. So combining American Netflix with top speed DNS is unbeatable ! If you want to try out Unlocator head to their site and signup for a free 7 day trial. They currently sport 125 different channels on most available devices “ipad, iphone, ipod, Android, Apple TV, Smart TVs, Roku, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, WD TV, PS Vita and so on“online. See Video and Picture guides for setup here.
If you do the same test above from a different locations and would like to share your result please do contact me using the comment box below.
A technical wizard of 10 year experience. Certified in Linux, Ethical Hacking and all sorts of technical stuff . I did work on projects around the world worth millions of dollars. My aim is to free you the reader from location restrictions and protect your privacy.