Speed ​​up an Internet connection

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Speed ​​up an Internet connection
Speed ​​up an Internet connection

A slow internet connection wastes time, turns streaming videos into bad slideshows, and your computer is in danger of being thrown out the window soon. Here are some steps you can take to fix or speed up your Internet connection.


Method 1 of 4: Optimize your browser

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Step 1. Switch to another browser

Some people use Internet Explorer, which although a great browser, consumes a lot of resources. In addition, web pages are becoming more sophisticated and the number of processes involved is increasing accordingly. This means that you are better off with a browser that you can set up to block ads and other unnecessary parts of many websites.

  • Firefox has many extensions that allow you to block certain components such as JavaScript, ads, Flash and other things that slow down your speed. A widely used add-on is Adblock Plus, which eliminates almost all ads from your browsing experience and dramatically improves page loading time. You can also try the Fasterfox Lite add-on, which gives you options to make Firefox faster.
  • Google Chrome uses little memory and may be suitable for websites that use a lot of JavaScript and Flash. If necessary, try the FastestChrome add-on.
  • Opera has compression of files, (Opera turbo) specially developed for slow internet connections. This turned out to be a good solution for many internet users.
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Step 2. Remove unwanted add-ons, extensions and plugins

While many plugins and add-ons can make your browsing experience more efficient, others make it difficult to load pages right away (non-essential items like themes, skins, and gizmos that you've had enough of are the first ones you run into. must get). Try deactivating these unnecessary plugins and add-ons to make browsing smoother and speed up downloading.

  • To disable unwanted add-ons and plugins in Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons. Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.
  • To disable add-ons and plugins in Google Chrome, go to Customize > Tools > Extensions. Restart Chrome for the changes to take effect.
  • To disable add-ons and plugins in Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons. Restart IE for the changes to take effect.
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Step 3. Close unused tabs

Even if you don't look at the pages, many of them will be refreshed automatically every few minutes to keep the content up to date (news, Facebook, and Twitter are a few typical examples). Shut these off when you're not using them, as they'll eat up bandwidth.

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Step 4. Allow (some) cookies and caching

While it is true that allowing cookies and caching means that some of your internet history or even personal information is tracked and stored, this is not always a problem and even causes pages to load faster. If you're skeptical about disclosing this information, set your browser to block all cookies by default, then add those sites you trust to the list of exceptions. In addition, it is important to set your browser in such a way that the cache is not emptied every time you close. Every browser is different and has different options to adapt the program to your wishes. To change these settings:

  • In Firefox, go to Tools > Options > Privacy.
  • In Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options > Browsing History and make sure Delete browsing history on exit is unchecked. If you want more certainty, go to Delete… and make sure Preserve favorite website data is checked.
  • In Chrome, go to Tools > Settings, scroll down and go to Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings.

Method 2 of 4: Optimize your modem/router

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Step 1. Switch your wireless device to a different channel

If your neighbors live right next to you, you may be using the same channel as your neighbors, which slows down your internet speed. You test this with the program inSSIDer (which you must download first), which allows you to detect wireless networks in your area and determine which channels they use.

  • Find your own wireless connection in the list (usually somewhere at the top). See which channel is being used and compare it with the other channels being used. Ideally, this is the only network on this channel (as in the example below), but this is often not the case (in fact, this is also not possible in places where many internet users are). Search for a channel between 1 and 11 with a pair or without networks and note which channels are commonly used by networks (in the example below, this is channel 6).
  • Change your wireless channel if necessary. Connect to your modem/router's IP address (refer to the device's manual, check the device or look it up online), look for the broadcast channel settings (where to find it varies by device), and select an alternative from the drop-down list.
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Step 2. Move your wireless router

Place the router somewhere where it will be used a lot and then as centrally as possible. Ideally, there should be an open space between your computer and the router.

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Step 3. Avoid interference with other wireless devices

Cordless home phones in particular can interfere with your wireless Internet connection, so if both devices share the same connection, place them as far apart as possible.

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Step 4. Use an Ethernet cable

Doing everything wirelessly is liberating, but the downside is that your signal is more easily disrupted, especially if it goes through walls, and a less good connection in general. Make a wired internet connection your first choice, and only switch to wireless if you really want to walk around the house while you're online.

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Step 5. Buy a new model or router

Your old model may not be suitable for the higher speeds of the current subscriptions.

Method 3 of 4: Optimizing your internet package

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Step 1. Determine the speed your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is supposed to provide

This is important because a slow connection could be the carrier's fault, not you. The exact speed is stated on your invoice. If you don't have an account to hand, check on the ISP's website, or contact them to find out.

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Step 2. Take a speed test online

This should give results close to what your ISP is supposed to provide. If you get a bad result, try another computer on your network first. If both indicate a speed that is too slow, contact your ISP. If only you have this problem, then it is a problem with your computer.

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Step 3. Get a faster internet package

If you've been using the same speed for years, you may not be equipped to load today's web pages, which are more complex than ever. In particular, you miss streaming media and download options. If you've had the same provider for a long time, you can request a discount on an upgrade in exchange for a regular customer discount. Otherwise, see if you can find another provider; many companies still offer a discount if you want to switch.

Method 4 of 4: Optimize your computer

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Step 1. Eliminate unnecessary programs

Your internet connection requires enough memory to get the internet speed you paid for. If your computer is frozen with programs you don't need, your connection will slow down. Close programs you don't use.

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Step 2. Scan your computer for viruses and spyware

These programs also use up a lot of your computer memory, in addition to the bandwidth they use and can therefore make the internet connection a lot slower. Do a thorough, complete scan for both forms of malicious software, even if your firewall and virus scanner are constantly on. A full scan can reveal undiscovered viruses (see below for a list of freely available virus and spyware scanners).

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Step 3. Make sure you are not running two firewalls at the same time

These get in each other's way, compromising your security, in addition to reducing the performance of your connection. Especially if you use Windows but have installed a separate firewall, check that Windows Firewall (which is enabled by default) is not active as well. Go to Search > Windows Firewall and, if necessary, change settings to turn it off.

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Step 4. Check how much free space you have left on your hard drive

If it is almost full, clean up the hard drive as much as possible. Your computer uses free space on the hard drive as virtual memory, so a full hard drive slows down your computer and your Internet connection.

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Step 5. Defragment your hard drive

You should do this every 2 weeks. This will improve the performance of your computer and perhaps also your internet connection.

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Step 6. If necessary, purchase another computer

An older computer may not have the power to handle today's Internet experience. Even something as simple as installing more random access memory (RAM) can help. However, if your computer is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a newer model, or a different operating system. Another system like Linux can bring life back to an older computer. You can even download an OS that boots directly to a browser, if that's the most important thing you're doing (xPud, browserLinux, slitaz etc)!

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Step 7. Turn off your computer at night

By never turning your computer on and off completely, you will use more and more memory and your internet connection will become slower and slower.


  • Keep your virus and spyware scanners up to date. Outdated definitions don't work well because new viruses are introduced every day. Update your firewall and virus scanners daily.
  • Even if your virus scanner has a spyware scanner, it is good to use another spyware scanner in addition.
  • Ask a computer expert.
  • Check the details of your connection to see whether it concerns KB (kilobytes) or Kb (kilobits). The difference is that there are 1024 bytes in a Kb, and 8192 bits in a KB.


  • Never try to download "speed boosters" for your connection. Most won't work and can even cause your connection to slow down even more. The same goes for memory management software.
  • Also, always be wary of so-called spyware cleaners and other programs that claim to improve performance. Most of these don't work and often contain spyware or degrade performance. Always do good research on programs before downloading them. Read other users' experiences (reviews, not testimonials) on reputable websites.
  • Do not run multiple virus scanners at the same time. These usually only get in each other's way and can therefore ensure that viruses can slip through the meshes of the net.
  • Be careful when closing programs. Some programs are required for the correct operation of other programs. If you're not sure, look up the name in your browser to find out how it works, or ask an expert for advice.
  • You should do the online bandwidth test for several days in a row, and at different times, because their or your bandwidth may not have been optimal. Determine your average connection speed and go from there.
  • If your computer is infected with spyware, switching to a different browser will not solve your problem.

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