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“Hi,   I have DSL Broadband  connection but its like im still using and stuck with old dial-up because its very slow.   Are there any ways on how to speed up internet connection ? “- Nina

“I have a very slow DSL.  Is there any tweak to optimise my internet connection so that web pages load much faster ? ” – Sarah

how to speed up internet connection by tweaking your DNS and BrowsersI guess you’ve come here because you also have a problem with your slow internet connection and so you are looking for ways on how to speed up internet connection.  right ?

This is one of the most common problems.  Having a slow internet connection is extremely annoying and frustrating especially when you’re an internet addict and the loading of web page elements take more than 10 minutes to load.

Here are some of the tweaks that will optimize and speed up your internet connection.  Whether you have DSL or Dial-Up Connection, this tweak  can help to speed up your internet connection assuming that you have  a fast computer.  No need for other accelerator freeware or software that  only promises to speed up your connection.  Let’s start with DNS Server.

What is a DNS Server  and How it works ?

DNS Stands for Domain Name System.  What DNS does is that it translates the user friendly names like www.youtube.com into IP address.  So for example you type www.internet-cyclone-download.com in your mozilla firefox browser.  Your computer then will contact a series of DNS servers around the internet for it to be able to know the IP address that you typed.  It is important to understand that your PC has to contact not only one but several computers, so your PC has to ask and wait for response then ask and wait for response several times before DNS finally reveal the IP address of the friendly name that you typed in your browser’s address bar including the all of the  links in that web page.   Yes, not only the URL that you typed in the address bar but also all of the file’s link in a web page.  Let’s say for example that a web page has 1 youtube video linked from youtube.com, 1 facebook widget linked from facebook.com, 1 image linked from flickr.com, 1 flash game linked from flashgame.com.  So,  All of those links have to be translated  into IP addresses by the Domain Name System Server.

Obviously DNS Server has something to do with the speed of your internet.  If the Domain Name System Server is not responding or has slow response time then the loading of web page elements and the speed of your internet would be very much affected.

So how can we improve the speed of your internet connection ?  The trick is to use a reliable Domain Name System Server with fast response time.  OpenDNS is considered one of the reliable and fastest DNS Server.

How to Speed Up Internet connection by using  OPENDNS Server

  1. In Windows XP or Vista Click on the Start Button, click Run and then type in ncpa.cpl
  2. Right click on your active network connection and then click the Properties.
  3. On the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)  and click the Properties.
  4. On the properties screen, select “Use the following DNS server addresses ” and then type these following IP addresses:
    • Preffered: 208.67.222.222
    • Alternate: 208.67.220.220
  5. Click OK and You’re Done

After you’ve changed the setting of your DNS, you should see a noticeable improvement in the speed of your internet.  Now let’s tweak and optimize your browser to further speed up your internet connection.

Tweak and Optimize Your Internet Explorer browser

  1. Click start and go to run.
  2. Command prompt Window will open, now type this “regsvr32 actxprxy.dll”
    and press enter.
  3. Now Restart your computer and your IE should be much faster

This actxprxy.dll file is one of the internet explorer’s core libraries and the internet explorer wont work at all if this file is not properly registered.

Tweak and Optimize Your Mozilla Firefox browser

  1. Open you mozilla firefox
  2. type “about:config” in the address bar.
  3. Then enter this “pipelining” keyword on the “Filter:”  textbox.  Then,  look for the following entries below.
    • network.http.proxy.pipelining
    • network.http.pipelining
    • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
  4. then change its value to “true”, “true”, and “8” respectively.

These settings enable the pipelining in mozilla firefox.  Pipelining is a technique of sending out multiple HTTP requests to the web server then downloading and assembling different parts of a web page to your browser resulting in a much faster loading of a web page.

Hope you learned how to speed up your internet connection,  Happy Surfing  :-)

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