How to Increase DSL Upload Speeds

Written by james wright
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High-speed Internet and DSL Internet connection speeds are influenced by a number of factors, such as the strength of your signal and how far your modem is from the data centre it connects to. You are also limited by the "plan" you have purchased, which limits your speeds at a certain amount. Despite the limitations, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are getting the most out of your DSL connection and optimise your uploading speeds.

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    Run basic maintenance on your computer, such as Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup. Running these maintenance utilities can increase the performance of your computer and your web browsers, which can affect the speeds at which they load pages as well as uploading and downloading files. To access these utilities, click "Start," open "All Programs," hover over "Accessories," then open the "System Tools" submenu.

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    Disable any applications that use the Internet to prevent them from taking up your bandwidth. Programs like media players, automatic update applications and any other program that may have a background connection to the Internet may hinder your upload speed. Simply close or disable them for the duration of your upload to optimise the bandwidth your upload can get. However, it is not recommended that you disable any firewalls, antivirus or antispyware applications.

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    Optimise your connection strength. If you are using a wired connection, check to make sure that all the cables are in good condition and that they are all plugged in properly to the modem, your computer and the wall outlet. If you are using a wireless connection, consider moving your computer or the modem to obtain a stronger signal strength or purchasing a wireless repeater to boost the signal strength over greater distances.

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    Disable unnecessary browser add-ons. Browser add-ons can also affect your connection speed by using up bandwidth. The menu to find add-ons is different for each browser. For example, in Internet Explorer, click "Tools," then "Manage Add-ons." In Firefox, click "Tools," then "Add-ons."

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    Uninstall programs you no longer need or use. In addition to freeing up RAM for your web browser applications, this can also free up some bandwidth if those old programs are connecting to the Internet in the background. Click the "Start" orb, then click "Control Panel" to access to program removal utility, and simply uninstall each program as you would any other.

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