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    Linux Engineer Javasnob's Avatar
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    Jul 2005

    Static IP -> Slower?!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm not very good with networking, but I've noticed that when I assign my machine a static IP, its speed is noticably slower than when assigned an IP via DHCP. Any ideas as to what could be going on?

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    Linux Engineer Zelmo's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    Riverton, UT, USA
    One idea is that the nameservers assigned by DHCP may be more responsive than the ones specified when using a static address. The telltale sign for this is your Web browser's status bar spending a lot of time saying "Resolving" or "Looking up" or something similar.

    Do you have good entries in /etc/resolv.conf, like ones provided by your ISP or a known nearby DNS server?
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    DNS search order may also be a cause.

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    Linux Enthusiast KenJackson's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Maryland, USA
    If that's the issue, you can also experiment with the OpenDNS servers: and

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