What Setting To Tweak To Get A Faster Internet Speed?

The best way to get a faster Internet speed depends a lot on what type of Internet connection you have. If you try to use the same method to get a faster Internet speed on both dial-up and fiber optic, the dial-up will run faster but the fiber optic will run slower, so it’s very important to choose the right method for your connection. You can get faster internet speed for free by following these few valuable tips.

How To Get A Faster Internet Speed On Dial-Up

We all want to get the fastest internet service, but dial up is dial up. Faster dial up internet speed is probably a more important situation compared to others, as the connection speed is already terribly slow. The thing most dial-up users want is the ability to download more data in less time—this is called their maximum data transfer speed.

The maximum data transfer speed for dial-up users depends on the quality of the local telephone cables and also laws in some countries (for example, the U.S.). In most cases, the maximum data transfer speed for dial-up is between 3 and 7 kilobytes per second. (It may also be written in kilobitsper second, in which case you multiply by 8—so typical speeds are 24 to 56 kilobits per second.)

There are also special telephone modems that use two telephone lines to double your dial-up download speed, giving users a faster Internet speed for the cost of an extra line.

To increase your data transfer rate so that you get a faster Internet speed, you want to use data stream compression. This is a service offered by most ISPs and several third-party companies which compresses data on the Internet, sends the compressed data over the phone line, and then uncompresses it on your computer.

Some of the best compression algorithms offer over 90% text compression—that means that you can download text over 10 times faster than normal. And that’s great news because the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) which powers every single webpage is entirely made of text.

The downside is that compression algorithms can’t help with most images and videos on the Web. That’s because images such as PNG and videos such as MPEG4 are already compressed, and you can’t effectively compress something twice.

To get a faster Internet speed, check your dial-up Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) website for special software you can download. Enable the setting to receive compressed data and restart your Internet connection to enjoy downloading text 10 times faster.

How To Get A Faster Internet Connection Speed On DSL And Cable

Even though DSL and Cable users have hi speed internet 20 times faster than dialup, they still need to improve connections. When DSL and cable users talk about faster Internet, they often mean that they want lower latency, which is less time between taking an action and seeing its results. For example, less time between clicking a link and seeing the webpage displayed.

Sending all of your Internet downloads to a special server to be compressed increases your latency, so you can’t just use the same trick we recommended for dial-up users.

Before we tell you about a setting you can change to get a faster Internet speed, we highly recommend that you check your computer for viruses and spyware. Both of these will use some (or most) of your Internet bandwidth, slowing down anything else you do on the Internet. (They also put your personal information at risk, of course.)  The following tips will only help if you do not have any common home network problems causing a slow internet from the start.

One of the things that prevents you from seeing results immediately when you visit a website is the Domain Name System (DNS) lookup. DNS turns Web addresses like www.Google.com into Internet Protocol (IP) address that your computer can use (such as In order for DNS to work, all the website requests made by your computer need to go to a special DNS server called a resolver.

Every ISP has one or more of these special DNS resolvers, but when they get busy, it can take a long time to convert a web address into an IP address. If you pay close attention to your Web browser, you may even see this delay in action—when your Web browser says “resolving www.Google.com”, that means it’s waiting for your ISP’s DNS resolver.

What can you do if your ISP’s DNS resolver runs too slow? Use a third-party resolver such as the free one available at OpenDNS.com. Your ISP may not care that they’re slowing down your Internet, but third-party resolvers know that nobody uses them unless they’re fast, so they have a strong incentive to help you get a faster Internet speed.

How To Get A Faster Internet Speed On Fiber Optic

To get a faster Internet speed on fiber optic, you want to follow the above advice for cable and DSL users, but since you paid so much for fiber optic, you may want an extra tip to get a small extra speed boost.

Computers can only do one thing at a time for every computer processor (CPU) they have. So if your computer only has one CPU, it can’t download from the Internet and display a Web page at the same time. When it looks like that’s what the computer is doing, it’s because the computer is faking it by switching between downloading and displaying a Web page extremely quickly (up to a thousand times a millisecond).

The problem is that your computer has less time for downloading the busier it becomes. One of the pieces of software most likely to keep your computer busy is your anti-virus software. You can get a faster Internet speed, just by a little bit, by turning off your anti-virus software when you don’t need it—like when you’re playing games.

Do remember to turn the anti-virus software back on when you no longer need to get a faster Internet speed. Also never turn off your firewall—your firewall also uses some of your CPU, so it also slightly slows down your computer, but your firewall provides protection against active hacker attacks, so you should leave it on whenever you’re connected to the Internet to keep your faster Internet speed safe.

Internet connections faster speed up freeware

Although I have not tried freeware software to speed up my internet connections ( I use my secret weapon) there are many tools freely available. Unfortunately most of this software has either been completely abandoned or not updated. Here is a lot of freeware at MajorGeeks. I seriously cannot recommend any software to you because I have not tested it. Like I said, I use my secret weapon and I have also used Auslogics BoostSpeed5.


  1. says

    Great tips. Really loving your posts David.
    The DNS resolver is not my biggest problem for my speed.

    because Facebook, twitter, youtube and more are blocked here I see my browser get stuck on trying to connect with facebook and others when opening a page.
    As almost every website now is connected to fb. This seriously slows down the opening of a page. But I don’t know how to stop this.

  2. Sheila says

    Thanks for the tips. I really need to do something about my internet connection. What you said about DNS lookup makes sense to me now. So that could be the culprit! Let me head to OpenDNS now.