Guide on How To Speed Up Your Internet Connection

Posted on April 23, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Browsing the web with slow internet connections is messy. In the 21st century, which can be termed as the age of speed, you certainly won’t be wanting to wait for web-pages or online applications to load slowly. Here is a Guide in which you will be assisted on How to Increase your internet Speed using some simple tweaks.

Note:

  • First of all make sure that you use a  10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN card for a improved internet connection.
  • They are preferred over USB connections to connect the modem to the PC.
  • Also ensure that Latest edition Firewalls and Anti-virus Software [Preferably a Good Internet Security] are installed and enabled.
  • Its better that the Automatic Windows Updates are set to manual. You don’t need to turn them ON always. Just when you are notified that latest updates are available, you can download them manually. They tend to use the internet connection most of the time as a result of which it slows down the speed of your browsing.
  • In case you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, its better that you switch over to Firefox, Opera or Chrome  as IE  tends to be very slow indeed. Also the latest versions of the browsers should be used.

Manual Method to Speed Up Net by Changing the DNS Servers:

ISPs (Internet Service Provider) provide their their own default DNS server IPs which are not that effective. Hence, Making a change in the DNS configuration can help the cause. This tweak is very effective when the ISPs block certain websites in any part of the world. Changing the DNS Server will remove any restrictions on blocked sites. If wondering, how to change the DNS Address, here is the simple step:

Go to Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing Center>Change adapter settings> Right Click on the Connection that you are currently using [example: Local Area Connection] and go to Properties. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on properties. See Here.

Here is a list of  free DNS servers along with their IP Addresses which can help you improve the Internet Speed:

Free DNS Servers are listed below:

Google DNS

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

OpenDNS

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

ScrubIt

  • 67.138.54.100
  • 207.225.209.66

Level 3 Communications

  • 4.2.2.1
  • 4.2.2.2
  • 4.2.2.3
  • 4.2.2.4
  • 4.2.2.5
  • 4.2.2.6

DNSadvantage

  • 156.154.70.1
  • 156.154.71.1

Servermatrix

  • 216.185.111.10
  • 69.56.222.10
  • 67.19.0.10
  • 67.19.1.10
  • 70.84.160.11

Public Name server IP address

  • 209.244.0.3
  • 209.244.0.4

Norton Public DNS

  • 198.153.192.1
  • 198.153.194.1
BSNL Connection [For Indian Users]
  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220
Among these, the widely used are Google DNS and OpenDNS. If you are wondering which one to choose, I would say OpenDNS server is the fastest. Wondering how I came up to this conclusion? Simple, Namebench is a tool that provides provides professional grade hardcore DNS speed benchmarking facility, capable of utilizing your web browser history, tcpdump output or standardized datasets to benchmark DNS server speeds!

Tweaking Windows XP settings to increase Speed:

  • Go to Start > Run 
  • Type gpedit.msc and hit OK.
  • You will be presented with Group Policy window.
  • Go to Computer Configuration. 
  • Expand Administrative Templates. Expand Network tab.
  • Highlight QoS Packet Scheduler.
  • Double-click Limit Reservable Bandwidth.
  • Check  on Enabled.
  • Change Bandwidth limit % to 0 %
  • Save changes by clicking Apply and reboot your PC
  • The steps have been followed in the Screenshot here.

Flushing the DNS:

Flushing the cache removes all the information stored in cache. This is to be done in case website’s DNS information has changed or if the cache is corrupted as it can cause problems such as encountering “time out” errors while browsing some websites.

  • Go to Start -> Run -> type cmd
  • In command prompt, type ipconfig /flushdns

Thats it. You Windows DNS cache has been flushed.

 

Optimization to make your Internet Speed better using tools:

There are a few Speed boosters that offer some stablility in your browsing speed but not quite noticeable. You can try out a few of them.

First Method:

Requirements for this are:

1. SG TCP Optimizer and Lvllord’s Patch

Step 1: Modifying your LAN Properties

a) Go to Start>Network Connections.

b) Right Click on the Internet connection you currently using>Properties.

c) Make the following changes: [Unselect everything except Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)]. See here

Step 2: Run Lvllords Patch

In Win XP SP 1, TCP connections were set to unlimited. However, Microsoft limited these connections to 10 in SP2. You can open more TCP connections and give your speed an all time high by following these steps:

Extract the patch and run it. See here

Press “C” to change the limit and set it to 100. See here

Press “Y”. After you do that, you’ll be prompted with a Windows XP message saying that your original files are being replaced and blah blah. Thats normal so DONT PANIC. Click “Ignore” or “Cancel” to that window, and press “Yes” after it asks for a confirmation.

You’ll get a message like “Patch is successfully executed”. Exit and reboot your PC and come back to this article after rebooting.

 

Step 3: Running the TCP Optimizer

So, now is the time to use the TCP Optimizer. See here and make the same changes as given in the screenshot. This apps helps you modifies the system registry to boost your Internet speed.

Here’s what you have to do:

Choose your connection speed – mine is 512 kbps. Go down and select “Optimal Settings”. Click on Apply changes after that. You’ll be promoted with a box somewhat like this. See here

Click OK, and click Yes to reboot your computer. Reboot your PC. Thats it. It should do some good to your browsing speed.

 

2. eMule Turbo Accelerator

How does it help? (See here)

  • It cleans incorrect & accomplished files automatically.
  • Resume & pause downloads features is automatic.
  • It can find more sources to download as per directed by user, so the download can be done from fastest available source.
  • It saves last run configuration.
  • It is automatically loaded on start up. User can configure this.
  • It is very easy to use & interface is user friendly.

 

3. Webroot

Webroot is a tool helping you to get rid of adware and spyware from your PC. It scans your PC completely without hogging much of the resource and certainly adds to your Internet Speed optimization. (See here)

 

4. Internet Cyclone

Internet Cyclone optimizes your Windows settings in order to increase internet speed by tweaking some of the internal functions.  Internet Cyclone can help you  increase the performance of your  modem hardware by optimizing Windows modem/network settings to maximize the efficiency and help you obtain higher speeds.

 

Using Browser Extensions to Help you Increase Browsing Speed:

As mentioned earlier, I recommend you to use Opera, Firefox and Chrome over IE. Here are a few add-ons and extensions that will lend a helping hand in process to increase your browsing speed on on limited-bandwidth internet connections.

1. Fastest Web

FastestWeb is one of the finest Addon which is available for both Chrome and Firefox which helps in surfing the internet faster. You can download it from here [For Firefox / For Chrome].

2. Opera Turbo

In case you are using Opera Browser, Opera Turbo should do the job for you. It is a really good Add-on for Opera and you should be able to notice the difference in the browsing speed once you implement it.

 

Some basic knowledge for Low Bandwidth Internet Users:

  • Its better that you open new Tabs instead of opening new Browser Windows while Clicking on an internal link on a site. This helps you save some resource.
  • Make sure that you do not use too many add-ons. Enable only those extensions which you use regularly. They do consume memory along with some of the internet.

 

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has finished his graduation in the field of IT and is currently mastering at the University of South Florida. He also loves watching cricket, listening to music and travelling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

Comments

  1. Robin Mackenzie says:

    It’s great that making a change in the DNS configuration can help the cause.

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