In this dynamic world of technology, no one can wait for a fraction of second for any action/work result. Then, why should we wait for a webpage to load and a file to download. In other words, whether you are at home or in office, having a fast and intense Internet connection has now become an essential component of your daily life.
Is your Internet performing below its stated speed? Before you start blaming your ISP for this issue, there are a few steps you should take to ensure that your computers or networking gear are not at fault. But before you start reading this post, let me clear one thing that if you are reading this post hoping to get some secret magic trick to increase your Internet speed, then I request to don’t read this post. Because if you take 1Mbps Internet plan from ISP, then there is no magical trick to increase your Internet to 2 Mbps. But sure this post will show you how you can utilize your Internet bandwidth properly so that you always get the speed you pay for every month.
Internet speed can depend on a several factors, your computer, browser, software, ISP, Wi-Fi, hardware, etc. But one of the most common reason people get slow Internet speed is because they have subscribed for a slow Internet speed package.
Let’s do first thing first and check your Internet speed.
Test your Internet speed:
Let’s do first thing first and you will need to test your current Internet speed. This will let you know whether or not you are getting a lower rate than you should be.
You can do this by going to SpeedTest.net and running a test.
Once you determine that your Internet speed is below what you currently pay for, then there are several steps you have to follow -
1) Clear unwanted Internet junk:
Sometimes your PC is full of browsing history, cache and cookies. Once in a week, you should clear your browser's cache. There are different ways of cleaning temporarily files in each web browsers. You can use CCleaner which is best software to remove garbage from PC. It will ultimately affect Internet speed.
2) Clear Your DNS Cache:
Your DNS cache stores the locations (IP addresses) of web servers that contain web pages which you have recently viewed. If the location of the web server changes before the entry in your DNS cache updates, you can no longer access the site.
If your computer has trouble reaching a certain web site or server this may be due to a corrupt local DNS cache.
- Start command prompt.
- In the command window type the following and then hit enter: ipconfig /flushdns
- If the command succeeds, the system returns the following message:
- Windows IP configuration
- Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.
3) Check for Virus or malware infection:
Internet speed can be reduced because viruses and malware infection. Check your computer for a virus or malware infection. Because viruses and malware are corrupting essential operating system files using up system resources (memory) that would otherwise be for Internet function. Always set your antivirus to schedule scan. For best antivirus list see previous post-Top 5 Free Antivirus Software for Windows 7, 8 & 8.1
4) Block unwanted ads to boost your Internet speed:
This is a small but effective method to increase your average browser speed. Some websites are filled with lot of ads. These ads not only clutter up the page, but even make the important information invisible for our eyes. There are various ad blocker for each browser. Using these ad blocker you can save at least some seconds of loading web pages.
5) Reservable Bandwidth:
Probably you don’t know that in Windows operating system, Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for Quality of Service usage like Windows update, license renewal, etc. This feature can be edited in your Local Group Policy Editor. Normally, this setting is set to “Not Configured” but sometimes configuring this setting will improve your download speed.
- Open Run command by pressing Start+R button.
- Type gpedit.msc and hit enter and this will open Local Group Policy Editor window.
- Here navigate to Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Network --> QoS Packet Scheduler.
- On the right pane, locate and select Limit reservable bandwidth entry
- Double click this entry to edit it
- In the new window, straightaway reduce the percentage of Bandwidth limit to”0“
- Click OK to confirm
- Exit Local Group Policy Editor
6) Update Network Card Driver:
Network card intermediates among the PC and network. To guarantee your network and Internet speed, you must incorporate the correct and up-to-date drivers for this piece of hardware. Also use a high speed network card, in market there are 100Mbps network card available.
- Click Win + R key to open Run command.
- Type devmgmt.msc in the RUN
- It will open Device Manager.
- Under Network Adapters drop down menu, select your Network controller.
- Right click and select Update driver software.
7) Stop software running in the background:
Many programs need to access the Internet and they may be slow down your Internet. Check if such program is running in background and if you found, stop them by Task Manager. You can prevent most of these from starting automatically by changing the start up settings.
8) Reset Winsock Protocol:
Winsock is an interface that allows communication between TCP/IP and Windows. Resetting Internet Protocol involves resetting your WinSock catalog. It optimizes your Internet by setting clean and default settings.
- Click the Start button.
- Type Command Prompt in the Search box.
- Right click Command Prompt from the Search Results.
- Click Run as Administrator icon on the bottom of the Start Screen.
- Type the following command and press ENTER: NETSH INT IP RESET c:\RESETLOG.txt
- Close the command prompt.
9) Speed up WiFi connection:
If you are using wifi and your are facing slow Internet speed, then follow these steps-
- Secure wifi connection, so that no one can steal your bandwidth.
- Disconnect other devices like mobile, tablet etc. while using Internet on PC.
- Place the router in such a place where you will get full range.
- If you find that you are on an especially crowded channel, you change it manually.
- Check for interference from a nearby cordless device.
Above methods will increase Internet speed, but still the final dependency is on your Internet connection bandwidth. So if you want more speed, think to upgrade bandwidth plan.
If you have any issue while trying above methods to increase Internet speed, then feel free to comment here.
If you think that above setting are some hard to set, then you can configure these setting automatically with free Internet Booster. Which are they? See the post “The 3 Most Successful Free Internet Booster Software For Windows”