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How to Increase Internet Connection Speed

If your Internet connection is slow and you would like to speed it up, there are computer tweaks you can do to optimize available Internet bandwidth and speed up your Internet connection.

If your internet connection speed is too slow and you would like to speed it up, there are computer tweaks you can do to get faster connectivity. Tweaking your PC will optimize available Internet bandwidth, facilitate faster browsing and downloading and enhance your overall web browsing experience.

Modify LAN Settings

Local Area Connection (LAN) shows network settings your system uses to connect to the Internet. Modify these settings to optimize Internet speeds.


  1. Type ncpa.cpl into the "Start" menu search box on Windows 7/Vista to open the "Network Connections" window.
  2. On your Windows XP, click "Start" button and go to "Network Connections."
  3. Right click on the Internet network you are using to connect to the Internet and select "Properties."
  4. Unselect everything listed in the connection items box except "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)."
  5. Click "OK" to set TCP/IP as your basic system connectivity protocol.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP) are a set of system communications protocols used to connect to the Internet and similar networks. They provide the basic connectivity functions that enable network connections.

Reduce Windows Reservable Bandwidth

Windows Operating Systems keep, by default, 20% of available network bandwidth for own uses, such as Windows maintenance tasks and updates. Increase your Internet speeds by reducing the 20% Windows reserved bandwidth.


  1. Click the "Start" icon and type gpedit.msc in the "Start" menu search box to open a "Local Group Policy Editor" window in Windows 7 and Vista.
  2. If your system uses Windows XP, click "Start" button and then click "Run." Type gpedit.msc in the "Run" textbox and hit "OK." A "Group policy" window will open.
  3. Navigate to "Local Computer Policy," "Administrative Templates," "Network" and finally "QOS Packet Scheduler."
  4. From right pane, double click on "Limit Reservable Bandwidth" to open its properties page.
  5. Click the "Settings" tab on the "Limit Reservable Bandwidth Properties" window.
  6. Uncheck the "Not configured" default setting.
  7. Check the "Enabled" check-box.
  8. Click the scroll up/scroll down adjusting bandwidth button until the bandwidth limit is set to 5 percent.
  9. Click "Apply," "OK" and reboot your PC to apply settings.


  • Although you can limit available bandwidth to zero percent, it is advisable to set it to at least 5 percent to make sure Windows background programs run smoothly.
  • Also, avoid software programs that claim to speed up Internet speeds drastically, sometimes by up to 300% to avoid disappointments or even loss of money. While many of these software may actually increase Internet speeds to some degree, computer connection speeds cannot go beyond what your internet service provider provides for. For example, if your service provider has provided 512 kbps (Kilobytes per second) maximum Internet speed, your Internet connection cannot go beyond this speed.

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Comments (5)

Just what I need for my internet connection. Thanks. Voted up.

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