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Thursday, March 7, 2013

How To Increase Internet Broadband Speed (Settings in windows)

Many members asked for a tutorial on how to get more bandwidth I'll write one up quickly. Sorry friends it doesn't involve stealing bandwidth though...LOL. Now this isn't going to make your speed double or triple or anything crazy so if you are on a 3 Mb line don't expect 12 Mb when you're done. 

Now with that said as far as the 128 Mb in my sig. goes that was recorded last November and I still don't know how I pulled that. I am thinking they must of been doing some work on the line at the time because I haven't gotten close to that in months.

I'm paying for a 16 Mb line but pull a steady 20 Mb to 28 Mb download all day long with it peaking at about 40+ Mb depending on the time of day. 

Before we begin head over to


and run 3 speedtests on a server close to you. That will give you a good indication of what you are actually getting download wise. 

Lets start by changing out your DNS. Your DNS is what controls how domains are converted to i.p.'s for your computer to connect to. Get a slow one and you will have trouble loading pages and so forth. Get a fast one and you will increase your speed.

I recommend downloading and running:

It will run some 200 DNS for you and get accurate connect times for them based on your location. I could give you the DNS that I run....but I may be closer to that DNS then you and get a better connect then you. Its best to run the program and let it select the fastest for you and your area.

It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation. namebench is completely free and does not modify your system in any way. This project began as a 20% project at Google.
namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX

Now you need to put those fast DNS to work for you. I can only tell you how to change your DNS in XP and Win7 : In XP go to 'settings', 'control panel', 'network connections' and then right click on the active internet connection (the one you use to connect to the internet). Scroll down to and select 'properties'. Next scroll down and highlight 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and select properties. At the bottom where it says 'use the following DNS server addresses' is where you put your new DNS.

In Win7 Left Click on network icon taskbar>choose  Open network and sharing center>click on your active connection>choose Properties>Next scroll down and highlight 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)' and select properties>Enter your Preferred and Ulternative DNS 


Dns jumper v1.0.4

This  utility will need Administrative privileges to change the DNS, so if you are on XP you must be  logged in to an Administrator account, and if you are on Vista or Windows 7 you will have to provide the administrator login details if you not logged in as an admin.
click the below link to download the Dns jumber

Next lets run one more program:

Most computers when they ship out of the box are not tweaked for a fast connection. They come with standard settings that will get you on the 'net and that is all. We need to tweak the registry settings in our computer such as MTU, RWIN, and even advanced ones like QoS and ToS/Diffserv prioritization. Once you run the program slide the dial to what you are supposed to be getting bandwidth wise. Don't go crazy with it and slide it all the way to 100+ if that is not what you are supposed be getting as it won't do any good. Once you have the dial slid to where you want it click on 'optimal' at the bottom and then 'apply changes'. You will see a window pop up and it will list all the changes it makes to your registry files by showing your 'old value' and 'new value'. You can hit 'OK' to select the changes. On the bottom left is a 'backup' box with a check mark. Leave it checkmarked as it will back up your settings just in case something goes is a hint though I have ran this on all the computers in the house XP and Vista and had no problems with it.

Now head back over to


and run 3 speedtests again on a sever near you and see if you have squeezed some bandwidth out of that greedy ISP. You should notice a difference...

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