After enjoying a broadband connection for several years, it's hard to imagine the old dial-up days. But, today's Internet makes use of a wide range of multimedia experiences which demand fast connection speeds.
Moreover, without upgrading to a T1 or fiber optic connection, we can dramatically increase the speed of our browsers with simple … yet almost secret … tweaks. We'll cover the three most popular browsers: Firefox, Chrome, and M$IE. These tweaks work with recent versions of the browsers. However, a minimum of Chrome version 10 is required for its tweak.
You can view browser usage statistics month by month (for several years) here. Firefox has been the leader since January 2009.
Here are links to download the latest version of these top three browsers.
How To Accelerate Firefox
With Firefox, open a new browser tab.
- Then, in the address bar type: about:config [press enter]
- Now, click the button labelled “I'll be careful, I promise!”
- Next … in the filter field (at the top of the window), type the word “network”. Wait about a second for the list to update.
- Scroll down (half way) to “network.http.pipelining”. Double-click to set it to TRUE.
- Then, just beneath that setting, double-click “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”. Set it's value to 10. Acceptable values are 4 to 12.
- Finally, restart Firefox. Page loads should now be nearly 50% faster than before.
How To Accelerate Internet Explorer
Now, let's put M$IE in turbo mode.
- Run “regedit” (from the Start Menu “Run” option OR WindowsKey+R).
- Now, navigate through the nodes to: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows”.
- Next, right-click on the “Windows” node (the word itself) and create a new key named “Psched”.
- Next, make SURE, “Psched” is highlighted. Right-click in the pane on the right to create a new DWORD value. Name it “NonBestEffortLimit”. And, leave it's value set to “0″ (the default).
- Finally, restart Internet Explorer. Page loads should now be about 50% faster than before.
How To Accelerate Google Chrome
With Chrome, open a new browser tab.
- Then, in the address bar type: about:flags [press enter]
- Next, scroll down to “GPU Accelerated Compositing”. Click “Enable”.
- Then, scroll down to “GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D”. Click “Enable”.
- Now, scroll down to “Web Page Prerendering”. Click “Enable”.
- Finally, restart Chrome. Page loads should now 2 to 5 times faster than before.