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#1 Aug 23 2014 at 6:21 PM Rating: Good
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It appears that my ISP's default DNS server crashed a few hours ago. After exhausting the usual network checks to see if my router or modem had just flaked out on my as they do on rare occasion, putting the IP Address in directly made it work each time.

So I told my computer to use OpenDNS for a while. Everything's working fine.

I just never used a non default DNS before.
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#2 Aug 23 2014 at 6:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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Gotta be careful as some free DNS services can be malicious and redirect you to fake versions of regular websites. Google's DNS servers are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, I recommend using them for now.
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#3 Aug 23 2014 at 7:51 PM Rating: Good
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Apparently it's not local. I just checked Charter's Facebook page and users from all over the country are posting that it's been down for hours.
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#4 Aug 23 2014 at 9:06 PM Rating: Good
It is a sign. Google needs to take over, everything.
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#5 Aug 23 2014 at 10:01 PM Rating: Good
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I've used Google DNS for ages. I never found any downside, other than having to remember to re-set it up any time I reinstall Windows.
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#6 Aug 23 2014 at 10:03 PM Rating: Good
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As soon as it hit midnight the Charter DNS servers came back online. Only noted because my router had a fault light when it wasn't working. And midnight hit and it turned green almost instantly.
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