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Faster rural internet

How fast is your internet browsing experience?

On dial-up? Slow internet? Here are a few tips that may help speed up your browsing experience.

If using dial-up or have slow broadband then you could try some of the following to speed up your internet browsing.

  1. Block images, javascript etc. A lot of browser plugins can be used to block things like flash, javascript and online advertising. You may not get to see full website functionality but the site may go considerably faster.
  2. Block flash animations and streaming data. Nowadays lots of sites use animations and audio-video in them. These can look really good and make the site more attractive but they do come with a drawback for the dial-up user and those on slow connections - they chew up bandwidth. They are often used to stream advertisements though, something that doesn't really enhance your browsing experience.
  3. Keep your browser cache and increase it's size. By having a large browser cache and not clearing it out you can save a lot of time loading frequently visited pages. This is because your browser keeps a copy of the website files on your local hard drive which means next time you view the page it doesn't have to download the entire site. This works well for images and the building blocks of websites such as style sheets and javascript files.
  4. View your email online before downloading. Use the online webmail client to view your emails before you download them. This allows you to weed out all the spam, junk and emails with large attachments before you download them. By clearing out a considerable amount of your email you will save a lot of bandwidth when it comes time to download it to your local computer.
  5. Look for and use low bandwidth modes on websites. Some websites have these features. Use them if they do. The pages you you will view will not be as rich as they normally would when not using this mode but you will be able to navigate around the website a lot quicker.
  6. Use the Opera browser. Opera comes with a turbo mode that compresses the web pages you are browsing on an external server before sending them to your browser. This has the affect of making the pages you are looking at smaller to send over your internet connection. The pages are then uncompressed on your local machine.
  7. Modify your windows firewall to only use the important ports. This one can make a difference especially if you have a PC that hasn't been cleaned lately or has a large amount of 'junk' on it - all that free stuff that gets installed when you go to certain websites. A lot of this is spyware or ad-ware that will call home and send data over your internet connection. By blocking these ports you can prevent them from calling home and wasting your bandwidth.
  8. Keep antivirus software up to date. Again viruses and malware will often make connections off your computer back to base chewing up more vital bandwidth.
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