Speed Up Your Internet Connection


This is actually a two-part series that was produced a few years ago, so if you have an older operating system, this should work fine for you. For newer operating systems, you’ll want to consider talking with your Internet Service Provider about how to speed up your Internet connection.

We will be updating these videos soon, with tips on how to speed up your Internet connection on newer operating systems and browsers. So make sure to check back regularly.

These two videos actually give users an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to ramp up their upload and download speeds. You don’t have to be a computer technician, by any means, but if you can follow along with the directions, and push pause on the video as you go to make sure you are doing everything right, and then you shouldn’t have any trouble.

Let’s Speed Up Your Internet Connection!

In part one of this two-part video series, the tutorial walks you through how and where you can check your current Internet speed, as well as how to change some of the software and system settings, and then rechecking your connection speed.

First, check your Internet connection speed by going to Digital Landing’s Internet Speed Test, but make sure you write down the numbers for your download and upload speeds. This will give you something to gauge it against after you change some of your settings. The video directs you to a site called InternetFrog.com, which does a similar test. The video was created before we had a better speed test on our site.

Next, you’ll be asked to make some changes in Internet Explorer. You’ll go to Tools along the top menu bar, then Internet Options (at the bottom). Click on the “Connections” tab, then click the LAN (Local Area Network) settings and follow instructions.

This is where you will rebuild windows sockets, which is also called “Winsock.” Windows uses this to control the input and output of data over Windows’ connections. Many times, this section of your computer can get clogged up because of the different sites you visit or for other reasons.

In the video, you’ll be directed to go to a site called, SnapFiles.com. Type WinSock in the search window in the upper right and click enter. You can download the “WinSock XP Fix” file from here. This is promoted as a “last resort if your Internet connectivity has been corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries.” It also helps several other areas. The free software can be downloaded from this page, just make sure to click OK on the download pop-up.

Click the fix button – then yes, to apply the WinSock fix. You’ll then be asked to reboot your PC, but make sure you save all of your work in other windows before clicking YES.

Finally, return to InternetFrog.com to test your connection speed again. You should see some improvement in the new speed compared to the speeds you wrote down at the beginning of this exercise.

Speed Up Your Internet Connection – Part II

This gives users two more ways to speed up your Internet connection through your broadband link (cable or DSL). You’ll learn to check your connection speeds, change some system settings and recheck your connection speed.

Once again, head to Digital Landing’s Internet Speed Test, and make sure you write down the numbers for your download and upload speeds.

The video also suggests that you should see if you need to alter your TCP/IP Settings, by going to DSLReports.com/tweaks. If your RWIN is set too low for many links, you might need to set it higher, so your system might be able to run faster online.

Near the bottom of the page is an area called, “Tweak Tester II,” where you’ll actually have to click twice – once to activate the window, and then again to start the tweak tester. Press results button.

You’ll then have to fill in the fields, including your Internet service type, your max download speed according to your ISP, and then you’ll have to choose your PC’s operating system, and connection type.

Click on the recommend button and you’ll see three columns.

The first column shows your current settings – with possible changes to RWIN. The second column shows the results of the test run. And then finally, the third column shows whether your system responds to pings or not.

Write down the Recommended RWIN values from the first column. Click on link that reads Download Use DRTCP – Click RUN in pop-up. In the DR TCP window, enter in greatest value from that source – then click save.

Finally, it will tell you to install the Google Web Accellerator. Unfortunately, this product was discontinued in 2008.

Check Your Internet Speed One Last Time!

Go back to Digital Landing’s Internet Speed Test to run the speed test again to see how you fared! You should see higher marks than from the first time you ran this test.

Remember to check back frequently to see if we’ve posted a new article or video about how to speed up your Internet connection. There are dozens of articles on our site that should also help make your Internet experience a better one.


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