Test and Tweak Your Internet connection for Top Speed

Sunday, June 10, 2007 Posted by Aman Jain

Don’t settle for out of box performance when faster downloads and hidden features are just a few steps away.

First ,measure your current connection speed .Make sure nothing else on your network is using the connection and stop any Internet Procsses on your PC.Next visit Speakeasy’s speed tester at www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ . Click a server to run the test for download and upload speeds Note that you will get atypically high results for servers near you,but that will give you a gauge of your connection’s top raw speed .Try running the test once more against the farthest away city on the list to see your full range .Try the same test at BroadbandReports.com(www.dslreports.com/speedtest) ,too ,for a good idea of what your current throughput is.
If you like to keep an eye on performance over time time ,the venerable DU meter (http://www.dumeter.com/) keeps logs of network performance no mater what kind of connection you have .

You can improve network performance modestly through Registry tweaks.Tweak Tester makes the task simple .Visite Broadband Reports tweak page at www.dslreports.com/tweaks and run Tweak Tester II.Results will appear on a new page .Pay attention to ‘notes and recommendations’ section page,where you will see any settings that merit alteration for improved performance .(you may want to print this page).Changing the TCP Receive Window setting is likely to be the only twek that will have any real effect.

Next download and run Dr. TCP (www.dslreports.com/drtcp). You can run the program directly without installing it but backing up the Registry before you use it is a good idea.

Go to Start>Run and type regedit at the prompt,then ,click File>Export,name the file ,click File>Export,name the file ,and click Save .)Enter the changes noted in the Tweak tester results in the Dr. TCP window,and the program will make all of the appropriate Registry fixes for you .Restart the PC and then retest your connection to see if the Teaks helped.

You can also improve your Web Experience by increasing the number of Download sessions in your Browser.By default ,Windows limits you to a mere two downloads at a time but you can bump that to eight or ten.Since few downloads fill your network pipe completely ,the overall effect is that downloads should go faster .

Click start >Run and type regedit
Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\currentVersion\Internet Settings
Right click in the right pane and then click New>DWORD value.
Type MaxConnectionsPerServer in the resulting field.
Double click on the new item and then type a new number of connections(say,10)in the ‘Value data’ field.Click Decimal.
Following the previous three steps ,create another new DWORD enty ,giving it the name MaxXonnectionPer1_0Servr.