How to Make Your Internet Buffering Faster

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How to Make Your Internet Buffering Faster
Speed up your Internet buffering with a quick registry tweak. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Internet buffering is most frequently used to describe the transit of a stream of data coming from a host computer or server. This data stream typically provides users with video or audio content in real time. Since the data is not downloaded in its entirety beforehand -- but rather buffered on the client machine -- different throughput speeds (depending on the content and the quality of the stream) are required in order for the stream to play smoothly. Most medium-quality videos require a constant minimum transfer speed of 500 kbps (kilobits per second) to play smoothly. Any momentary interruptions can use up the buffer, causing the stream to break up or freeze. Fortunately, a relatively simple system registry tweak exists to improve not only buffering speed, but overall browsing performance as well.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Left click on the Windows "Start" button and select "Run" ("Search" box in Windows 7). Then type "regedit" and hit "Enter." If any pop-up window appears, select the "Yes" option.

  2. 2

    Search through the registry entries listed until you locate:

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER" and highlight the key.

  3. 3

    Click "Edit" from the top menu bar. Select "New" and "DWORD Value." Alter the following values in each field: Beside "Value Name" type in "iexplore"; set "Value Data" to "10"; and set "Base" to "Decimal."

  4. 4

    Search through the registry entries listed until you locate:

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER" and highlight the key.

  5. 5

    Click "Edit" from the top menu bar. Select "New" and "DWORD Value." Alter the following values in each field: Beside "Value Name" type in "iexplore"; set "Value Data" to "10"; and set "Base" to "Decimal."

  6. 6

    Select "File" and "Exit" to close the registry editor. The maximum connections per server Internet Explorer can now use is set at 10. Depending on your version, it previously may have been set as low as 2.

Tips and warnings

  • Modifying registry values can cause system instability; proceed with caution.

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