Make Your Internet Connection Work Faster for You

Fast Internet Connection
Communicate with the speed of light!
We all pay for the internet. But it is one of the most irritating experience for many of us when our broadband connection doesn't seem to work optimally. Doesn't matter if you're doing an online business or interacting with your social media fans and friends, slow internet is always the worst blow to your excitement. So, here are a few tips and tricks to optimize the functionality of your current internet connection without paying an extra dime.
Slow speed of internet can often be attributed to the improper settings of your computer, operating system and applications. Here's a small to-do list in this regard:

  • Scan your computer for viruses, spyware, adware, etc. They slow not only slow down your computer, but also cast a ruining effect on the functionality of your internet connection. A good, free antivirus program like Avast can help you a lot. Make it habitual to check your system at least twice a week for viruses, spywares, etc., or use the scheduling option built in most of the antivirus applications.
  • Do not use more than one antivirus, antispyware, firewall program at a time. This may also affect your computer and internet experience badly.
  • Change your browser. Internet Explorer is the default browser in Microsoft Windows, but there are other options like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc., which I personally think provide you with a far more enhanced browsing experience.
  • Choose your browser add-ons carefully. Stuffing your browser with lots of toolbars, buttons, indicators and other extensions is one of the greatest factors in decreasing the speed of loading pages.
  • If you're using a utilities program for tweaking your system off and on, check off the option of clearing browser cache. Browser cache is kind of a memory which is intended to make your browsing experience better. Utilities applications clear cache to free your disk space. But it is better not to do so until necessary.
  • Keep your computer clean. Unnecessary files are always a bad impact on the performance of computer and internet. Run the default Disk Cleanup utility of Windows at least twice weekly to free up extra space. Your primary drive, mostly C, must have at least 25% free space for a better working of your computer.
  • Do not keep your computer running 24/7. It is good to give it a rest. Turn it off rather than just putting it to sleep if you don't have anything to do for more than an hour.
Microsoft Windows reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates etc.Here's the trick to retrieve that extra bandwidth for yourself:
Click Start button, then Run and type “gpedit.msc" without quotes. This opens the Group Policy Editor.
  1. Go to Local Computer Policy —> Computer Configuration —> Administrative Templates —> Network —> QOS Packet Scheduler —> Limit Reservable Bandwidth.
  2. Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth.
  3. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e."By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default."
  4. ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO.
  5. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.
Another great solution to slow internet is switching to some better free DNS servers. Our internet service providers mostly don't have fast DNS servers which makes our interactions with sites and pages slow. Switching to fast and free servers like Google Public DNS and OpenDNS can solve this problem in the wink of an eye. I would personally recommend OpenDNS because they don't have any privacy issues and are very good at parental control measures as well. The quality of both, however, is great and your internet speed is considerably improved.


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