How can I boost my Internet speed?

Wai Kit April 4, 2011

Are there any free programs or tweaks in the Windows system to speed up my sluggish Internet connection? I want to surf the web faster, download and upload faster and watch videos smoothly without having to wait for buffering.

  1. Tyler
    April 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    The question was whether there are any tweaks to do in Windows to increase download/upload speed, along with overall faster internet performance, and realistically, there isn't much you can do that I feel is safe. Some would say that some tweaks within Windows can accelerate your internet speed (depending on your current internet speed and the type of connection you have), which is 'somewhat' true at best. There is definitely some things you can do with wireless routers, but the question was more geared towards things to do within Windows itself.

    So no, I wouldn't recommend changing things up within Windows (as far as registry tweaks go anyway). One thing that can do to increase overall internet browsing experience without having to risk changing something crucial within Windows, would be my following recommendations.

    Change your Primary/Preferred and Secondary/Alternative DNS Servers to and (which happens to be Google's Public DNS Servers, which are fast!) For more info, go to:

    Also, upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 9 can greatly increase browsing speed (only available for Windows Vista and 7 users though). Also, using other alternative browsers can help out as well (like Google Chrome and Firefox). You can download any of the following browsers, and more, here:

    But ultimately the best way to increase internet speed is to simply upgrade you bandwidth through your local Internet Service Provider.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hello, have you tested you download/upload speed lately? Go to any of the links provided or if you want go to the three links and check your speed. Make sure you pick the server closes to you to get an accurate reading.

    After doing the test, how close is the speed shown on the test/tests, to the plan you are paying for? You will hardly ever reach the speed advertised by your service provider....but there are ways where you can gain some speed. For example, if you want to gain some speed when downloading/uploading, try to do the downloading when not many other people around you are online, especially if they have services with the same service provider as you. That means, try not to do your downloading/uploading on hours that are classed as peak internet usage hours. These hours vary depending on your location.

    Another thing that influences your speed is how close you are to the service providers and how many people use the same service. This applies especially to places where there are many people, like in the the big cities.

    If you want to get close to your full speed, use ethernet cables instead of wireless. Even if you have a router certified as N and also a wireless card classified as such, it would not help you much with your download/upload speed because service providers stick to the 100 mbps. N-certified devices would help you on your local network only, not with download/upload speed.

    In the end, the easiest thing for you to get more speed is to upgrade your package to a higher speed....I know it is easier said that done but that is the reality.

  3. Mike
    April 5, 2011 at 6:05 am

    If you are using WiFi you should also make sure your signal has low latency, little to no fragmentation and is strong enough to handle the full speed of your internet connection.

    For example if you have an Internet Connection with 8Mbit download speed you'll want your WiFi connection to be at least two times that fast, even better around 24Mbit to utilize the full speed.

    If your Internet Connection itself is the bottleneck there is only little you can do. Depending on where you live and the type of connection available there are technical limitations.

    For example when using ADSL the maximum speed is limited by the lines SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and Attenuation. If the Attenuation is to high your provider needs to decrease your connection speed otherwise the modem would disconnect every few seconds because of synchronization issues with the DSLAM.

  4. Anonymous
    April 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    1)Download SG TCP Optimizer. You don’t need to install it, just double-click and it will run.

    2)Under the General Settings tab, just drag the slider to match your connection’s download speed. Then, at the bottom of the same window, select the “Optimal Settings” radio button and click “Apply Changes”.

    3)Make sure that the “Backup” tick box is ticked and then click OK.

    4)Reboot your system, in order to apply the changes.

    5) If for whatever reason you feel your connection has been affected negatively, then Start SG TCP Optimizer, click File and choose restore backed up settings. This will bring up a dialog box where you can navigate to where you downloaded the program. There, you will find a file with the extension .spg with a filename containing the date. Once you find this file select it and press open. Click OK and reboot. Your original settings are now restored.

    Memory leaks in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This severely hampers the internet connection. It can be rectified by installing the patch released from Microsoft

  5. Tina
    April 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm