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Dec 7, 2009, 01:09 PM
 
Ok so I've always had the ability in Safari to just type in the domain name like lifehacker, macworld, etc... of any webpage and it would just go to that page. Safari would add on the www. xxx .com Now it's not doing that. Instead I get the roadrunner search page?

I just put in a new belkin n+ router. Is that the cause?
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Dec 7, 2009, 01:13 PM
 
It was probably your DNS modifying the address in the way you like, and I know it's annoying at times that servers don't seem to do it anymore. There may be some way to modify things on the Unix layer to have OS X do that automatically, but if there is it sounds complicated.

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Dec 7, 2009, 01:15 PM
 
It's the DNS settings. Probably related to installing a new router.

To get back the old behavior on your Mac set the DNS server to Google's.
Sys Prefs > Network > Airport > Advanced > DNS
Enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

If you like what you get you can probably also configure the router to use those DNS IPs and then every client will use them automatically.
     
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Dec 7, 2009, 02:53 PM
 
Wow. Thanks guys. I thought for a minute that safari had quit automatically parsing things you typed into the address bar. I'll try this in a bit.
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Dec 7, 2009, 03:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
It was probably your DNS modifying the address in the way you like, and I know it's annoying at times that servers don't seem to do it anymore. There may be some way to modify things on the Unix layer to have OS X do that automatically, but if there is it sounds complicated.
No, Safari adds the www. and .com when whatever is typed in the address bar can't be resolved. It's Roadrunner messing it up by not running a conforming DNS server.
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Dec 17, 2009, 10:54 PM
 
You can use OpenDNS and never worry about your ISP's DNS servers being up to date, slow, or just plain a pain. Works great.
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Dec 17, 2009, 10:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
You can use OpenDNS and never worry about your ISP's DNS servers being up to date, slow, or just plain a pain. Works great.
Google's DNS does the same.

Also, if you don't mind doing a *bit* more work, there is a sweet application called namebench that will find the fastest DNS for you. It's best if you can apply these settings to your router. At home, I found that using Qwest's local DNS servers were faster than either Google's DNS and OpenDNS.
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Dec 18, 2009, 01:43 PM
 
Thank you Mitchell for the namebench ... Putting it to good use now on all my systems.
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Dec 18, 2009, 07:03 PM
 
Does Cmd+Enter add www. and .com in Safari? I know it works in Firefox...
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 07:09 PM
 
No, that opens the address that you typed in a new window or tab.
     
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Dec 19, 2009, 08:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
Google's DNS does the same.

Also, if you don't mind doing a *bit* more work, there is a sweet application called namebench that will find the fastest DNS for you. It's best if you can apply these settings to your router. At home, I found that using Qwest's local DNS servers were faster than either Google's DNS and OpenDNS.
I've always found OpenDNS to be the fastest from my location, for the Alexa 10000 run anyway. And speed is only one part. Reliability and other features make it much more worthwhile than a few milliseconds response time.
     
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Dec 20, 2009, 12:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
Also, if you don't mind doing a *bit* more work, there is a sweet application called namebench that will find the fastest DNS for you.
Awesome

Thanks for the link.

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