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    Default How to speed up my internet speed?

    I am using windows 8 and connect to internet through a modem. does anyone know how to speed up my internet speed? many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: How to speed up my internet speed?

    Mithun, welcome to the forum!

    Was your Internet speed faster on your previous install of Windows? If not, only a service upgrade (a faster plan) will speed it up. If you speed was faster before, it could be a driver issue that will likely be corrected with the Windows 8 RP version coming in June. Hang in there!

    BTW, EarthLink offers great plans at affordable prices, & hasn't had a price increase since the 90's. $29.99 for 1st 6 months (up to 10MB/sec), $41.95 afterwards (my plan). Time Warner was going up on me every year & I got tired of it.

    They also have a $39.95 plan 1st 6 months (up to 15MB/sec), $51.something per month afterwards. No hidden taxes or fees.

    Save on EarthLink High Speed Cable Internet - up to 15Mbps broadband Internet service, available nationwide.

    BTW, they also have a $29.95 flat rate per month plan, but it's slower (like Road Runner Lite), 768 kpbs download, 128 kbps upload.

    You contact EarthLink for account setup, they get your local cable company to install/administer the service. At first, it was a tad slower than RoadRunner, but after a couple of weeks, it was fast as ever.

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    Default Re: How to speed up my internet speed?

    The best you can do is close all applications that are using the internet simultaneously so your bandwidth will be concentrated on what you are doing. There's no such program or tweak that will magically speed up your internet connection faster than what you are paying for.

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    How true, Kerry!

    There are some good & some bad "Internet Optimizers", the good ones will do just what Kerry stated above, mainly close unneeded apps that's soaking up bandwidth. The bad ones can actually screw things up worse than what they are.

    At startup, more bandwidth is expected to be used, as it takes a minute or two to update any installed security apps, & Windows Update will also.

    Unless there's a driver issue that's limiting your ISP speed, only a service upgrade will speed things up. Check out the link in my prior post, EarthLink offers great service at a reasonable price. Many local cable companies won't offer this promo & will charge more, it's listed at a higher priced service on my local Time Warner site. Contact EarthLink directly for the best deal, they will coordinate the pricing with your local provider.

    EarthLink also offers a range of dial up services, from basic to fast, if there's no cable service in your area (like way outside of city limits).

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    Default Re: How to speed up my internet speed?

    Follow the below steps:

    Start > Run
    Type gpedit.msc in the box
    A window named Group Policy will open
    Click on Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler
    A list will open on the right side. Double click on Limit Reversible Bandwidth
    Now, a box will open, tick on Enable option
    Set the Bandwidth limit (%) as 0%.(While in browsing session the browser takes 20% of the speed to avoid this set the band width as zero)
    Click on Apply followed by OK
    Thats it! Check your internet speed now using scanmyspeed

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    Default Re: How to speed up my internet speed?

    might works better
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    scanmyspeed, according to WOT & other sources, doesn't appear to be a safe place to visit. I always check sites prior to usage.

    Won't speedtest.net provide the same results? It's a known legit site, used by millions to do speed tests with everyday?

    These settings, are they legit to play with, or a potential violation of my service contract? I ask, because when my cable service was first configured, the tech used my desktop to do whatever settings needed. Will these affect my main router settings? I ask because my VOiP phone service is connected to it, as are my computers, & if I actually needed a speed increase, I don't mind paying an extra $11 monthly for EarthLink's fastest service.

    If EarthLink were to give me the boot, I'd have to revert back to Time Warner, who goes up in price around $5 to $10 per year. EarthLink's pricing has been the same since the 90's, I currently pay $41.95 for 10 Mbps down, 1Mbps up, plus my unlimited (to US & Canada) phone service that costs only $36 per year is there too (NetTalkDuo).

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    Default Re: How to speed up my internet speed?

    This setting should not affect your ISP at all. It most likely will not have much affect either. My speed is roughly the same with either setting.

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    Thanks for answering this Ted. Some of the OS tweaks I don't mind, as I have an image if I screw up beyond return. But not one of my router settings to restore from.

    I've never been one to play with internet speed settings, like I stated, if my speed becomes too slow, I have the option of paying more for EarthLink's best package for only $11 more per month. 15Mbps down, 1.5Mbps up for $51.95. Better pricing than what Time Warner offers for the same service.

    I also feel, that for the most part, we get what we pay for. There's a few things that can slow speed, like some security apps & the settings within. Some, like Comodo, also offers the user the opportunity to route their traffic through their servers for security, I've seen this slow a connection, more than once. Security apps with all settings jacked up to the max will also have an impact on speed.

    Other things to check for, those with the "G-54" wi-fi connection will benefit greatly by changing to a "N-150 or 300" for extra speed & extended distance from main router. "N-150" is the minimum that anyone should have, there are good USB adapters for less than $15. Another is making sure that the wireless router doesn't have a pile of junk around it. Anything that blocks the signal will slow it

    Don't fall for these "Internet Optimizer" schemes, the most that this can do is revert settings back to default, the worst is that some will do more harm than good. Stay away, free or paid.

    Also, once in a while, be sure to check your Ethernet cables, make sure that they're fully seated (at the Ethernet card & router) & that no wires are pinched/frayed. Ethernet cable is cheap, I just bought two 15 feet cables for less than $3 each. Being that I had a $3 credit at Amazon, I really only needed one, but got two at that price while it was there. It's just as fast as the one that costs $10 for 6 feet at WalMart or Radio Shack, my ISP speed is no different. Gold plated cables are just a ripoff, this is more common with video cables, but I've seen a couple of Ethernet cables like this also, $50 for 6 feet (one cable). Stay away, the best that can be hoped for is that these may last slightly longer, but not by that far.

    Also, keep your system scanned with Windows Defender or the security app of your choice, a Full scan weekly. This can be done at your schedule, when the computer isn't needed. One of the first signs of an infection is a slowdown of ISP speed. Just do it, better safe than sorry.

    And if all this fails, one last trick. Unplug the power cable to your modem & leave it for a minute or so, then re-plug it in, this is called "flushing" the modem, gets rid of the junk in the line. The same thing that the techs that one may wait for up to an hour to do, only they call it "pinging" the line, both accomplishes the same thing. This is actually good to do around twice a year.

    These are the things that I do to maintain my internet connection, & so far, I'm getting what I pay for on a continual basis. I believe that you will, too. A little maintenance goes a long way.

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