In this article I will tell you my secrets for boosting your Internet connection. It is 2012 and (almost) everybody has access to high speed broadband, but still there are things that can be done to get better overall experience and speed up your internet.
- Change DNS To Faster And More Stable
- Use AdBlock To Disable Ads
- Use The Fastest Browser: Chrome
- Check your hosts file
- Test Your Internet Connection Speed
- WiFi Internet Connections
- My Personal Tips For Speeding Up Your Internet Speed
- Boost Internet Speed in Windows XP with 20%
- Optimize TCP/IP settings
1. Change DNS To Faster And More Stable
Did you know that there is a way to browse every single webpage quicker? It is not about the bandwidth anymore, like it was from the age of modems and strange Internet connection tones. It is all about the timings now. If you look at this graph you will see what happens when you type “http://howtospeed.com” in your browser:
- Step 1: Your computer asks specific Domain Name Sever (DNS) to get the IP address of howtospeed.com
- Step 2: The DNS server returns the IP address
- Step 3: Your computer connects to the IP address of howtospeed.com
As you can see – the DNS is something you cannot avoid when surfing the Internet. Step 2 is a must.
But what happens if your DNS is not responding fast? Or if it is down and is not capable of returning you anything at all?
The solution is to set fast and secured DNS by your own, not these provided by your ISP.
You can set Google’s DNS:
18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
(more information at https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using)
126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
(more information at https://www.opendns.com)
These Domain Name Servers can boost your connection over a second per request!
For example – CNN.com costs you currently over 10 DNS requests to load.
It is up to you whether to use Google’s DNS or OpenDNS – they are both stable and super fast.
To see which DNS servers you are using currently in Windows XP/Vista/7 go to start menu and type “cmd”. This will get you to a command prompt screen (like DOS, remember?).
Type in the following:
ipconfig /all and hit Enter.
You will get something like this:
Note the DNS Servers result – these are your current DNS servers in use.
To check your DNS servers in *Unix, type:
$ cat /etc/resolv.conf
and note these lines:
How to Change DNS in Windows 7:
Go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet Category -> Network and Sharing Center -> Change adapter settings.
Right click on the connection you are using for internet, you will see something like this:
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click “Properties”. New window will appear, like this one:
Select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 to use Google’s DNS. Click OK and you are done with the task.
Free DNS Servers List
|Free DNS Servers||Primary DNS||Secondary DNS|
2. Use AdBlock To Disable Ads
Almost every website is monetized by some type of advertisement – banners, in-text links, flash, videos. 500kb of every 1mb are ads.
There are free AdBlocker addons for Chrome and Mozilla, two of the most used browsers.
AdBlocker for Chrome
Install it from here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom.
AdBlocker for Mozilla Firefox
Install it instantly from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
3. Use The Fastest Browser: Chrome
Currently Google’s Chrome is one of the fastest browsers available.
5. Check your hosts file
If you had virus or malware infection recently there is a big chance that your hosts file is infected. Hackers are hijacking websites with this method – they point top websites (like google.com, yahoo.com, and mainly paypal.com, ebay.com etc) to their own servers. Normal user won’t be able to recognize and boom – they own your login details.
To check if everything is ok under Windows 7 and Windows XP copy&paste that in explorer:
Then open with notepad file “hosts”. Only one line should be available “127.0.0.1 localhost”. If you have something like “18.104.22.168 paypal.com” – remove it and immediately change your passwords.
It is ok if there are lines of commented text – they begin with # and is unharmful.
6. Test Connection
You can check your speed (both for download and upload) via free service called speedtest.net – my favorite broadband speed checker. Simply click on “begin test” and watch your broadband connection speed test in real time.
- If your ping is lower than 100ms you are ok
- If your download speed is over 3mbps your connection is fast enough for browsing
- If your upload speed is over 1mbps you can share bigger files online (like full res photos and videos)
7. WiFi Tweaks
If you are experiencing really low speed via Wifi router – maybe it is not configured properly.
- Reset the router and setup everything again
- Change the connection channel
- Test the speed before the router – connect your computer via wire and browse your favorite sites to test if they are loading ok.
- If your speed without wifi is great but your speed via wifi is low – you can replace your router and/or your wifi card.
8. My Personal Tips
- Clear your cache and browser history once a month
- Remove unneeded bookmarks/favorites
- If you are using Firefox you might try optimizing its file structure – use this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/vacuum-places-improved/
- Do not surf in suspicious sites, leave them as soon as you get there
- Never download something that is poping up saying “boost your computer speed”, “check for viruses” or something like that
- Always decline to install toolbars (such as skype’s, google’s etc)
9. Boost Speed in Windows XP with 20%
Windows XP is known to keep 20% of your bandwidth speed for it’s own needs. This is fairly stupid and unnecessary, but luckily you can disable this relatively easy and fast with instant results in your net speed.
Here are the steps:
- Go to start menu
- Type in the “Run” field: gpedit.msc and hit Enter
- Group Policy Editor will show up
- Navigate to Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/QOS Packet Scheduler (the menu on the left side)
- When you are in QOS Packet Scheduler there will be (on the right panel) Limit reservable bandwidth option
- Right Click on Limit reservable bandwidth and select Properties
- Under Settings change this service to “Enabled” and set Bandwidth limit to 0%
- Save the changes by clicking “OK”
- Restart your computer and enjoy faster download speed
10. Optimize TCP/IP settings
There is a free program that is designed to improve your TCP/IP settings. Go to http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php and download this program. It is absolutely safe and malware free, so nothing to worry about.
You can run it without installing – just double click on the file and the program will start.
In the “General Settings” tab there will be slider – point your maximum speed (check in your contract if you are not sure or run a speed test (step 6 here). At the bottom select Optimal Settings and click “Apply Changes”. A new window will show up. Check “Backup” option first, then select “OK”. Reboot your computer and test your speed and overall feeling for your speed. Latency times should be lower. In case you feel uncomfortable with the changes run again the program, click “File”, select “Restore backed up settings” and select the previous backup file you’ve created via selecting the “Backup” checkbox.