How to Speed Up Internet On Slow Connections

Simple guide on how to speed up internet on slow connections. Sometimes, be it because you have exceeded your download quota or because of how you are accessing the Internet, you are forced to use a slow connection which can simply be unbearable. This is a very simple guide that shows a few tricks I have learned to speed up the speed with which I can access content despite a slow Internet connection.

There are two specific ways an Internet connection might be slowed. The first is that it may take a long time for the data to get to its destination computer and for the returning data to get back. This is called latency and is very difficult if not impossible to reasonably resolve. Fortunately, it is the least common issue. The second is that it that there is not enough bandwidth. If you look up a webpage and it takes a long time for it to load and even longer for images to load, this is a bandwidth issue. It basically means that there is not enough data being transferred, regardless of how long it takes to send the data. It is hard to resolve this completely, but there are a few methods you may use to get a speed boost.

Faster Browsing

One of the great pains of browsing on a slow connection is that websites load far too slowly. The main reason for this is that websites are increasingly becoming full slow loading content such as slideshows, scripts, video and unnecessary images. A solution to this issue is to use Google’s mobile browsing system which can be accessed via the following link that you might wish to bookmark:

http://www.google.com/gwt/n

Basically, type in the site address you wish to visit or search for the site using Google via the above link for what is basically a mobile version of the sites. The site can be served in text-only format or text with key images, but no extra images such as those that tend to be around the menu. It is a great way to browse on a slow connection, though can result in strange layouts and technical sites such as banking sites may not be accessible using it.

Another option is to make sure that your Internet browser of choice is one of the faster ones, such as Firefox or Chrome, rather than Internet Explorer.

Use Multiple Tabs to Browse

This does not speed up your connection, but does speed up your experience. Multitasking means you can start multiple pages loading at once, so while the pages themselves take a long time to load you will be pre-occupied with other things.

Prevent Updates

If you are using a computer, you may have backgorund processes such as Windows Update downloading while you are using your connection. It is a very common issue. At least for the period while your connection is slowed, it might be best to turn off updates.

Shut Down Torrents

If you happen to be using Torrents of any kind shut them down. File sharing is costly enough to your bandwidth on a fast connection, on a slow one it is death. This is obvious, though, or should be.

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