Internet users normally want faster access to the Internet, so when an existing connection slows down frustration often results. Here you will find 10 ways to fix a slow Internet connection so that you can take action on your own to restore your productivity and your sanity.
1. Recover Windows bandwidth: Windows users can find extra speed by tapping into the bandwidth the operating system reserves for itself. Fix this by going to the Group Policy Editor, navigating to the Administrative section (under Computer Configuration) and then accessing the “Limit reservable bandwidth” option first to enable it and then to change it to “Bandwidth Limit % = 0.”
2. Use a firewall A lot of times your Internet connection will seem slow because other applications are trying to access online resources in the background. Use your firewall’s interface to deny Internet access to programs that don’t really need it.
3. Don’t download images Use less bandwidth yourself by telling your Internet browser not to download images automatically. Most browsers have this option available in their configuration section. This saves a lot of time and bandwidth because images are usually the largest files being downloaded during normal Web browsing.
4. Tweak your Internet Protocol Everyone needs to know that the generic settings Windows uses for your TCP/IP networking slow you down. To fix this problem, you will need a free utility like the SG TCP optimizer that will evaluate your Internet connection for inbound and outbound service. All you do is run the utility, tell it about your connection type, backup your settings, and then exit.
5. Flush your system DNS cache An Internet connection can slow down because of your system trying to access a bad Internet address. To fix this, type “cmd” in your Windows start field and then type the command “ipconfig /flushdns.” This will clear out any bad information and cause Windows to look for fresh information from your DNS server.
6. Stop using wireless A wireless network is good for convenience but bad for speed. A good way to speed up your Internet is to connect to your router using a network cable plugged you’re your Ethernet port rather than using the wireless connectivity.
7. Use a download manager Internet connections can get really slow when you are trying to browse the Internet and download files at the same time. Get a download manager that will work with your browser to schedule your file downloads for times when you normally sleep. This gets the heavy bandwidth use out of the way when it is least likely to bother you.
8. Tweak your browser Over time, users tend to accumulate a lot of bells and whistles on their browsers that take up bandwidth and slow the program down so it seems like your Internet speed slows down dramatically. Start by removing add-ons and plug-ins that you don’t use or don’t want. If you tinker with your browser a lot, you may have changed something that made it slow, so find the option in your configuration settings that says “reset to default.”
9. Maybe your connection really isn’t slow Visit a site like speedtest.net and see how your connection measures up against benchmarks. It could be that the connection that seemed so fast when you first got it now has become commonplace, so now you think it is slow. A good benchmark can quickly reveal whether this is the case.
10. Upgrade your Internet connection One of the best ways to fix a slow connection is to replace it with one that is faster. If you have dialup, move up to DSL. If you have DSL, replace it with cable. If you have cable, upgrade to fiber.
Use these 10 tips to fix a slow connection to speed up your online experience today.