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How To Increase Download And Upload Speed

A guide on how to increase download and upload speed on any windowsWith the popularity that the Internet has gotten over the last several decades, people have begun to use it for a variety of purposes. For many people, the Internet is their workplace, and more speed helps get their job done faster, or at least means that speed is never a problem. Hence more speed has been a desirable point for almost every user.

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Increase Download And Upload Speed

Is internet speed really your problem?

Many people come searching for these kinds of posts as they’re generally experiencing issues with page loading or stuttering in online games. If you’re one of those, then speed may not be your problem at all. There is another parameter to check – called ping. Ping is the time it takes for a packet of information you sent to get to the other server and back. If your ping is high, it takes too long for requests to get to the server and responses to get back – noticeably long.

You can use IDM for faster download

To check your ping, go to a command prompt(Programs → Accessories → Command Prompt or Run → cmd.exe) and type ping <your website> e.g. ping www.google.com. If your ping is above 100, you may have a problem. Note that ping is also determined by how far a server is from you. A server in the US will have higher ping for a HongKong user than a server in Asia.

If ping is not the problem, here are some things you can try. These are arranged in terms of cost to implement, from not costing a single penny, to quite costly at times.

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How far do you live from the exchange?

If you’re using ADSL type of Internet, this may be your problem. Internet connectivity is given through copper wires, and speed degrades over distances. Apart from other factors, if you live at a distance of 1 kilometer from the exchange, you could expect a speed of around 20 Mbps(megabits per second). 2 kilometers, and the speed reduces to 8 Megabits per second. Larger distances, and still lesser speed should be expected.

  • Use short wires

Unnecessarily long wires from the phone jack to the modem could be a contributor to degraded internet speeds. You may notice some improvements if you use smaller wires.

  • Eliminate cross talk as much as possible

Cross talk refers to noise in the signal of the Internet connection. If you have any devices which produce signals such as cordless phones, mobile phones, or any such things near your modem, try placing them somewhere else.

  • Check for viruses, or antivirus updates

Some viruses silently run in the background without the user noticing and consume valuable system resources. Make sure you have a legitimate antivirus program installed in your computer, and that it’s updated regularly. Old antivirus programs may not be able to detect new viruses, and new viruses are always getting released.

Another thing is that, your antivirus may be downloading updates. This is a temporary slowdown. Let it complete updating, and then do any bandwidth-intensive work, if possible.

  • Check your torrent client

Many people use torrents for downloading open-source OSs such as Ubuntu or to download legal movie releases over the Internet. If you’re uploading a file(for example a YouTube video or email attachment) and experiencing slowdowns, your torrent client may be seeding to peers. Try suspending the seeding tasks till your upload completes. Remember to resume seeding when you’re done, as seeding torrents helps keep the torrent alive for more users to benefit from it.

  • Use wired instead of wireless Internet

Wireless Internet is a great technology, and it usually means that you don’t have to sit within two feet of your modem. While this is true, no wires means that speed degrades the farther you go from your modem, and so you should consider using wired internet. Using wired internet is also better if you’re downloading content via P2P clients(such as torrents), as wireless connectivity is not designed for the multiple connections that the P2P client makes to other computers. Of course, I am talking about Internet connectivity through dongles, not through WiFi.

  • Reset your router

If nothing else seems to make a difference, try turning off your router, waiting 30 seconds, and then turning it on again. This is known as power cycling your router, and it usually fixes any configuration issues that you may be having with your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

  • Go for a better plan

This option may cost you a little more. If you demand more speed than you’re getting right now, and it is what your ISP promises, then it’s time to upgrade your Internet plan for more speed.

  • Go for better technology

If you’re already having a plan that gives you 24 Mbps of bandwidth and you’re on an ADSL2+ connection, then you’ll have to opt for better technology.

Technologies such as cable internet or VDSL offer more speed than ADSL does. ADSL also has a massive bias against upload speeds, and its downstream bandwidth is far more than upstream bandwidth. Cable internet is offered through coaxial cables (the same one used to provide cable TV) and a cable modem installed at the user’s house. VDSL is a faster version of ADSL, providing speeds of 50 or 100 Mbps versus the ADSL’s limit of 24 Mbps.

A still faster option is fiber optic broadband connectivity. Internet connectivity is provided through light signals that are transmitted to the customer’s home through thin glassy cables known as fiber optic cables. This technology is immune to crosstalk, or even distances (there is virtually no loss over hundreds of kilometers) and it also offers extremely low pings and extremely high bandwidth capability of the order of gigabits per second, or more. The downside to the technology is that it’s expensive and time consuming to install.

  • Is your computer old? Get a new network card or hard drive

The modem communicates with the computer using Ethernet technology. Old computers had Ethernet cards that were limited to 100 Mbps of link speed. Newer network cards offer 10 times that capacity.

Another factor could be the hard drive. You may have extremely fast Internet, but your hard drive may be writing at its full speed and can’t go any faster. Opt for a new higher speed hard drive or a solid state drive.

I’m upgrading. But do I need to?

A question you will have to ask yourself is whether it’s really worth it to go for higher speed. Many people who upgrade their connections for very high speeds don’t really notice the difference other than better upload speeds. So if you already have a fast connection, it may not be worth it to get more speed. However, if you’re a person who’s a frequent down-loader of high definition video content or would like to keep backups of large amounts of data online, you would definitely benefit from a faster connection.

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