One of our readers recently came to us with an issue regarding playback of Vimeo videos. Interestingly enough, these kinds of issues are generally very simple and can be reduced to a few variables.
In our reader's case, he was experiencing long load times (or no load) when trying to playback any Vimeo video. The odd thing was that his location made the difference between whether or not he could play back Vimeo videos or not. Upon asking some more questions it was determined that the main differentiating factor was the fact that he had different ISPs. Different ISPs mean that there are different connections, speeds, etc. The main factor here, though, is the different DNS servers.
Upon changing his DNS servers the Vimeo video loading issue all but completely went away. If you don't know how to change your DNS server from the default DNS servers that your ISP (TimeWarner, AT&T, Cox, Comcast, etc.) provides you with, there's a quick little guide on Google's website. Google actually hosts their own DNS servers which never go down (unlike TimeWarner's) and they don't create conflicts like the one that is apparently causing issues with Vimeo.
Also, poor DNS servers can also affect your overall internet speed, so switching DNS servers can actually improve your load times as well!
If you'd like a quick guide on setting up an alternative DNS head on over here
for Google DNS
for Open DNS
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