How to increase internet bandwidth

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How to increase internet bandwidth
Increase your Internet bandwidth. (ethernet image by Victor B from Fotolia.com)

Internet bandwidth refers to the amount of data your computer receives and sends over the Web. Different kind of connections will give you different bandwidth. For example, a dial-up connection will give you significantly less bandwidth than DSL or broadband connections. Using Microsoft's built-in Group Policy Editor, you can make changes and improve your Internet bandwidth.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a shorter telephone line/networking cable while connecting your computer to a modem or a router. Shorter cables face less interferences and thus give you a better bandwidth.

  2. 2

    Unplug your telephone handsets if you are using a dial-up connection. Even when unused, telephone handsets consume certain bandwidths, thus slowing down your Internet connection.

  3. 3

    Close down unused programs and applications. Some programs use your Internet connection to download updates in the background even when they are not being used by you.

  4. 4

    Click on the Start menu and select "Run." Type without the quotes "gpedit.msc" and press the "Enter" key. This will launch your Group Policy Editor.

  5. 5

    Navigate to the following folder in the left pane: "Local Computer Policy" > "Computer Configuration" > "Administrative Templates" > "Network" > "QOS Packet Scheduler."

  6. 6

    Double-click on "Limit Reservable Bandwidth." This will open a new properties dialogue box. Click on the tab labelled "Setting."

  7. 7

    Click to select "Enable" under the subheading "Limit reservable bandwidth."

  8. 8

    Reduce "Bandwidth limit" by clicking on the down arrow to "5%" and click on "Apply." Hit "OK." Restart your computer to end task.

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