At-least 10,000 times, since 2000, in last 8 years I have google-d / MSN-ed / Yahoo-ed / Altavisat-ed and all other search engine-ed to find the right answer or tips and tricks or tweaks for the question as how do I make my Internet connection faster ?
No matter what type of connection I use, Dial up, EDGE, ADSL, broadband, cable or any such, I always feel to be slower than usual !!!
While searching, I have learned few very important lesson and hard facts which I would like to share with my readers. Some of the facts are not that satisfactory for our mind but what to do, facts are like that.. Most of the time they are hard to believe !!
First and most important is to understanding our own limits
Many of us tends to overlook or simply forget the difference between Kilo Bytes and Kilo Bits. many of us wants to view Windows or our download manager reporting download speeds of 200 kbps+ with a connection in which ISP have promised to offer 256 kbps.
Matter of fact, all of our ISPs advertise their bandwidth in Kilobits per seconds, which is 8 times higher than Kilobytes per second, in which Windows or any other download manager would calculate the file transfer rate.
Meaning, in case of a 256 kbps connection, we are suppose to get 32 kilo bytes per second of download speed.
How do I make my Internet connection faster ?
Here is a hard fact. There are not much what we can do as an end use to make the actual Internet connection faster !!
Why cant I make my connection faster ?
In case of our Internet connection, there are very little control, which, as an end user we have over the allocated bandwidth by our ISP. For example, if I have subscribed to my ISP for a 256 kbps plan, then there is no way to obtain 300 kbps apart from upgrading the plan to a higher one.
Can any software tweak help ?
Most of the application builders try their best to provide their software with best and optimized settings to utilize the maximum available bandwidth, hence there are very little what we can to do squeeze more out of them. However, having said that, few application tends to perform better than others when it comes to using the bandwidth.
Try and use alternate browsers like FireFox / Opera against Internet Explorer. Some users like FireFox over Opera or IE where as many other would prefer to browse with Opera !!! By the way, do you know, Microsoft is coming out with Internet Explorer 8 ? The beta version of IE8 is available for download.
Blah Blah.. Read all that, but I still feel I am slower
Although there are not much we can do in terms of making the connection faster, but there are much can be done to make sure that we don’t waste the available bandwidth.
- Auto-update of Installed software can run as a background process and eat up your available bandwidth to make your browsing experience slower. So you may turn off the auto-update of installed software and Windows to cut down the bandwidth utilization.
- While we browse, we should look and stop any background application eating the available bandwidth. So many times I have found my P2P client is running in background, (under taskbar) hiding from my eyes and uploading the Linux distro which I have put on for download the other night.
- Malware like Virus or a Spyware can always slow you down by utilizing your Internet connection for their own use. Always make sure you are using an up-to-date AntiVirus and AntiSpyware protection to keep the PC free of Virus and Spyware !! Mind you, your Windows comes with a built in AntiSpyware called Windows Defender (Vista or Win 7, in case of WinXP, one can download free)
- Use of a firewall can help to stop unwanted apps to access the Internet.
- If you need to download a large file, say about 50 MB or more, always try and use a File Transfer / download manager. There are many free options available, FlashGet / Free Download Manager (FDM) / Internet Download Manager (IDM).
Hey dude, you have missed a point !!
Do you think I have missed anything ? Please feel free to post a comment to let me and all other reads know as if there are any thing else can help us to make our connection faster.