One overlooked component that has to do with the internet is DNS. DNS stands for Domain Name System. What it does is transform easy to remember domains into their respective server’s IP address so you dont have to remember each website’s IP. Usually, your service provider provides you with DNS, but sometimes those servers can be slow which slows down everything because you cant start loading a page until you know where the page is. OpenDNS is a DNS system that has many servers and they are usually fast. OpenDNS also has a few other services such as it automatically disallows you from visiting sites that are known to be harmful by not giving its IP. This not only prevents you from browsing those sites but it also prevents any applications from sending/receiving information to the site (i.e. Viruses and other malware). OpenDNS also allows you to make shortcuts to websites. For example, if you make “gf” a shortcut to http://gearfire.net, any time you type in gf into the URL bar of any browser (providing that you are using OpenDNS) it will redirect you to http://gearfire.net. Here are a few videos on how to setup OpenDNS.
Setup for your Windows PC:
Setup for your Router