Increase your internet speed

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November 28, 2008

Internet speed varies with places. In some countries the speed is amazingly fast while in some people still are compelled to hook up with very slow connection speeds. Some tips mentioned below can give you a bit faster browsing experience if you are on a slow connection:

1. Windows actually reserves 20% of your total bandwidth for updates and other reasons. You can retrieve this and boost up your internet speed to some extent. To do this,

  • Make sure your QoS packet scheduler is enabled. To check this, go to your network connections from the Control Panel and under the “General” tab and see if QoS packet scheduler is enabled.
  • In the Run command type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  • Then navigate to Local Computer Policy>Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Network>QOS Packet Scheduler>Limit Reservable Bandwidth. Double click Limit Reservable Bandwidth and check the item that is enabled. Then change the “Bandwidth limit%” value to 0 and see how your internet speed increases by some amount.

2. Increase your cache: The temporary files downloaded from a website are actually stored in your system’s cache. You can also copy files from cache for future use. So, if you visit the same site again, you i.e. your browser won’t need to download those files again. But as the memory of the cache is limited to some value, the browser begins to delete the older files for storing new ones. So, just increase your cache to save your bandwidth and subsequently boost the internet speed to some extent. To do this:

  • In Internet Explorer7 or later, click the Tools button, and then Internet Options. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Settings. Now type the amount of disk space (in megabytes) you want to set for the cache and click OK.
  • In Mozilla Firefox, Go to Tools>Options. Then go to the Advanced Tab. Then under it select the Network Tab. Then type in an amount or select one from the drop down which says “Use upto 50MB of space for the cache”.
  • In Opera, Go to Tools>Preferences. Under the Advanced Tab select History. And from the disk cache drop down select a value which you think would be enough for the cache.

3. Clear your DNS cache: Sometimes clearing Windows XP DNS cache can also increase internet speed. To do this:

  • Launch Command Prompt by typing cmd from the Run command and hitting Enter.
  • Then type ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter again.

So utilize your bandwidth wisely and increase your browsing speed to some extent.

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