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Exploit your Internet Connection

 

We all wish we had a faster than light network speed(well not really). But there are limitations we all have to face more than often. Anyway, that’s life. But you can tweak your network, thus allowing you to get better speeds. This tutorial is not a tutorial(read that again :)) but just a guide. I think you will benefit.

Get a Download Manager

Often long downloads get stuck due to a network failure. Chances are high that such half finished or worse, almost finished downloads will be lost. To prevent that and also to maintain consistently high download speeds you must get a download manager. I will list the download managers(my choice, sorry :))

Operating System

Download Manager

Windows Free Download Manager
Linux (Debian) Toolsbysk
Mac iGetter
BSD wxdfast
 
Get a browser(aka get Firefox)
 
Yes I know Chrome, Opera and Safari are there, and some run faster too but Firefox addons (more than 2 billion now) beat them all. Believe me, use Firefox, with some hand bending and you’ll witness “never seen before speeds”.
 
First Download the latest stable version of Firefox.
 
Now you can manually download the following addons : -
  • FastestFox
  • FEBE
  • Firefox Showcase(eye candy)
  • Flagfox
  • FoxTab
  • NoScript
  • printpdf
  • Speed DNS
  • Tweak Network
  • AdBlock Plus
  • AdBlock Plus Element Hiding Helper
  • Bettercache
  • Download Statusbar
  • FastestFox

Or you can download them all here -

http://www.2shared.com/file/TurqU6KR/Firefox_Addon_Essentials.html

Extract the contents of this file and drag each file to your Firefox windows, one by one. Agree to conditions and install them. Restart Firefox and use. You will see the difference!

Reclaim your Network

Microsoft has got a (some say bad) habit of reserving YOUR bandwidth for downloading automatic updates without even notifying YOU. Actually Microsoft reserves 20 % of your bandwidth for such purposes. For people with limited bandwidth this is a major issue. Fortunately it can be easily fixed. Let us do that now.

Go to Group Policy Editor

Press the Windows Button and ‘R’ simultaneously to open the Run Dialog Box

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Type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and click OK

Now navigate as shown : -

LimitBW

Now simply click “Disable” instead of the default “Not configured”

Unlimit

Disconnect, reboot and you can get the full speed of your connection. Come on, you are paying for this. :)

Tweak your DNS

DNS or Domain Name System is basically the tool that locates the Websites and remote servers and makes them visible to you. Usually a DNS server on your ISP’s side handles this. In India, the DNS servers are notoriously slow, and insecure. You have an option to use other DNS servers. I prefer OpenDNS. They provide two basic DNS server addresses. You can configure them as follows : -

Note down the addresses

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Go to you Network Connections and select your default Network Connections. This varies from OS to OS. Though the funda is same, I can provide you the one for Windows Seven.

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Right Click and click Properties.

Go to the Networking Tab, select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and select Properties

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Now check the radio button for ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ and enter or copy and paste the following numbers, oops I mean addresses. Click OK. Windows will scold you and remind you that you can’t enjoy until you reconnect. Do that and you are good to go.

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That’s it. Here ends the basic tutorial. There is a hardcore section. I will tell you that a little later. It’s late night. Good Night.

Sarthak

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