Faster Internet Connection Tools

by Charles Roe

No one enjoys sitting for five minutes while a web page downloads, it's frustrating and time consuming. The Information Age has brought the world social networking, immediate access to information in a host of different mediums, streaming video on devices as small as a smartphone and high-speed Internet access. Even broadband Internet has its problems, however, and many Internet devices seem to slow down with age. Do not despair, because a number of ways are available to make your Internet connection faster.

Compress Files

Sending large files back and forth between friends and work colleagues can take time. The easiest way to speed up the emailing, uploading and downloading of large files is to compress them using common file compression software such as WinZip or WinRar. If you don't want to pay for such software then read the help files in your operating system on file compression since most Windows and Apple operating systems have built-in file compression abilities.

Request Faster Service

Call your Internet service provider and find out your maximum and minimum connection speeds. If you have dial-up that is 56k and there is no way to speed it up, you may want to consider purchasing a broadband package. If you have DSL or cable, most ISPs have faster packages at graduated prices. Decide which package you can afford and pay for it. It's possible you have an older Internet package and a simple phone call may allow you to get faster speeds with no extra costs.

Increase Your Cache

Temporary Internet files are stored so that your PC can access them more quickly. Different browsers have assorted cache settings. To increase your Internet browsing speeds, increase your cache, but while your browsing speeds may increase, your PC may slow down because of a cache that is too large. A standard cache size is about 2 percent of your hard disk size, so if you have a 500 gigabyte hard disk then a cache of 2 gigabytes is suitable.

Clean Your Startup Group

Windows operating systems load a variety of programs when the computer starts up. Clean out your startup group to free up more computer resources and thus provide better performance. Click on "Start," "Run" and then type "msconfig." In the msconfig box, click on the startup tab. Unclick all unnecessary startup programs and restart your PC. If you are unsure about what programs are necessary then consult an expert or you cause your PC more problems.

Monitor Internet Speed

Your Internet speeds are also dependent on when you browse; multiple customers use similar bandwidth conduits, so your speeds will vary. Install and run an Internet speed monitor for a few days to learn the high and low usage times. Upload and download files during the periods of lowest Internet usage to get maximum speeds. Test your connection after doing other maintenance checks as well to see what works best.

Do Regular PC Maintenance

Keep your anti-virus software up to date and always running; worms, Trojan horses, viruses and other malicious PC problems can cause connection speed problems. Allow you anti-virus program to run daily updates and weekly scans. Once a month make sure to do a full scan as well. Periodically run a disk defragmenter, clean out your recycle bin and run a disk cleaner to delete temporary files.

Turn off Plug-ins

Many websites automatically run programs as soon as you open the page. In your Internet browser settings -- every browser is different -- turn-off any plug-ins. Also, set your browser to load only minimal graphics -- the webpages will not be as graphically pleasing but will load much faster.

About the Author

Charles Roe started writing in 2009, specializing in technology, history, education and travel writing. His articles appear on eHow, Trails, Answerbag and other Web sites. Roe has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cincinnati and a Diploma of English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge University.

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