Increasing the Internet speed on your computer, especially if you have a broadband connection, will improve your Web-browsing experience. Depending on your connection, you will be able to reach speeds of 54 megabits per second or greater. To do this, you will need to enable Compound TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) in Windows to increase throughput for your connection. You are also able to increase Internet speed by making a change to the configuration of the Internet Explorer and Firefox Web browser.
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Click the "Start" menu and then select the option for "Run." Type "Cmd" into the text box and press the "Enter" key. Alternatively, you may also type "Cmd" into the Start Search box. This will display a DOS window.
Type "cd.." and press the "Enter" key. Repeat this step to go to the root of the C drive.
Type "netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp" and press the "Enter" key.
Click the "X" in the upper-right corner to close the DOS window.
Double-click the Firefox icon to open the program.
Type "about:config" into the address bar. Type "network" into the Filter text box.
Scroll down to "network.http.pipelining." Right-click on the name and select the option for "Toggle." This will change the setting from "False" to "True."
Right-click the option for "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" and select "Modify." Enter "8" into the text box and click the "OK" button.
Close and then reopen the browser for the changes to take effect.
Click the "Start" button and type "Regedit" into the Start Search box. Press the "Enter" key to open the Windows Registry Editor.
Click the "+" sign that is next to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" to expand the folder list. Click the "+" sign next to the "Software" folder, the "Microsoft" folder the "Windows" folder and the "Current Version" folder. Click the "Internet Settings" folder.
Right-click the entry for "MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server" and select "Properties" from the context menu. This will display the Edit Value window. Enter "10" in the Value Data text box. Click the "OK" button to save the change.
Right-click the entry for "MaxConnectionsPerServer" and select "Properties" from the context menu. Enter "10" in the Value Data text box. Click the "OK" button to save the change.
Click the "File" drop-down menu and select "Exit" to close the Windows Registry Editor.
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- Download and install the SG TCP Optimizer program to automatically set options in the Windows registry.
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