Public DNS to the rescue —23 January 2015
A few weeks ago I was staying at a cheap hotel with crappy wifi. The connection to the access point appeared to be ok, but I couldn’t visit any websites. Just out of curiosity I tried to ping a server I knew by IP, and it worked. I checked the ports I knew to be open on that server to make sure it’s really the server I know, and it all made sense.
In short, it looked like the networking and routing was fine, except DNS. Then I remembered something about public DNS services. So I did a quick search on my phone (mobile internet, as opposed to my laptop), and found these addresses of Google Public DNS:
I added these lines in
nameserver 126.96.36.199 nameserver 188.8.131.52
Bingo, problem solved! Good thing these numbers are easy to remember.