Constant DNS lookup issues
January 21, 2013 11:26 AM Subscribe
Why do I have constant internet stability / DNS lookup issues on my laptop but not on my iPad etc.?
posted by pravit to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Every so often, when browsing the internet on my laptop, it'll get stuck trying to access a page ("sending request...") and eventually time out with a DNS lookup failure. Other times, it'll load the page, but only partially - the formatting will be messed up or the images are broken, and I need to reload a couple times. Sometimes some pages will load and other pages will time out with a DNS lookup failure.
If I wake up the laptop from sleep, this is guaranteed to happen - I'll be connected to the WiFi and pinging IP addresses directly works fine, but DNS lookups fail. For a few minutes. Then all of a sudden, it works.
The weird thing is, my iPad and iPhone never have this problem - they can always access sites instantaneously even when the laptop is timing out with a DNS lookup. Both laptops in our household have the DNS lookup problem. They're both fairly new.
I'm in NYC and I have Time Warner "RoadRunner" cable internet. I'm using the Google DNS servers; I've also tried using OpenDNS as well as the automatic ISP-provided DNS and it makes no difference.