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Main » 2011 » February » 2 » DIAL UP & FIREFOX TRIPS
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DIAL UP & FIREFOX TRIPS

Dial-up connections are slower than DSL or broadband connections. A dial-up connection uses a telephone line to connect to the internet. There are several free ways to improve your dial-up connection. While these techniques may make your browsing and download speed 10 times faster than usual, they will never compare to the speed of a broadband or DSL connection. Note that you may require administrative rights to perform this task.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Instructions

  1. Clear your Web cache. Click the Start menu and select "Control Panel." Click the link "Classic View." Double-click "Internet Options." Click the "General" tab. Hit "Delete..." under "Browsing History." Check "Cookies" and "Temporary Internet files." Click the "Delete" button.

  2. Minimize the number of open browser windows. Certain websites, even when unused, tend to use up bandwidth while they auto-update their content.

  3. Stop downloading files while browsing the web. Downloads use up a lot of bandwidth, thus slowing down your already-slow dial-up connection. Similarly, do not browse the Web while downloading files.

  4. Increase your dial-up modem's maximum port speed. Click the Start menu and select "Run..." Type "devmgmt.msc" and press the "Enter" key. This will launch your "Device Manager." Scroll down to find "Modems." Double-click to expand the contents. Right-click your dial-up modem device and select "Properties." Click the "Modem" tab. Click the "Maximum port speed" drop-down menu and select the maximum setting available for your dial-up modem.

  5. Contact your dial-up Internet service provider to see if they offer free accelerated plans. NetZero offers "HiSpeed 3G" at no extra cost. Similarly, EarthLink offers an accelerator engine called my "My EarthLink Accelerator." Bell also provides a free dial-up accelerator.

  6. Download "Download Accelerator Plus (DAP)" to significantly improve your dial-up browsing as well as download speed (see Resources). It is free for all users. DAP uses multiple connections of different file segments to speed up your download and browsing experience.




How to Increase Firefox's Speed

Firefox is an internet browser that is preferred by many web designers and internet savvy people because they know that it is more secure, more standard compliant, and allows better customizations. Although Firefox is a very fast browser it can be better. In this article we will give you some good tips to make your Firefox preform better and faster.

You can tweak Firefox's cache handling, page load, and stop it from taking all of your r file, but don't worry, even if you are not familiar with the Firefox configuration you can make these changes. If you want to you can write down the changes you made to make sure that you can revert back to what you had. Good luck.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • Firefox Browser
  1. Access The Firefox Configuration
    Open your browser and type "about:config" in the top address bar, not the search, but the actual address bar. You will be prompted the be careful, this is just Firefox's warning that you can do something bad to your browser....if you follow the instructions you should not have to worry about this.

  2. network.dns.disableIPv6
    In the filter address bar type the following: "network.dns.disableIPv6". If you have not made any modifications to your browser yet this setting should read "false" in the value column. Double click it to change it to "true".

  3. network.http.pipelining
    In the filter address bar type the following: "network.http.pipelining". If you have not made any modifications to your browser yet this setting should read "false" in the value column. Double click it to change it to "true".

  4. network.http.proxy.pipelining
    In the filter address bar type the following: "network.http.proxy.pipelining". If you have not made any modifications to your browser yet this setting should read "false" in the value column. Double click it to change it to "true".

  5. network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
    In the filter address bar type the following: "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests". If you have not made any modifications to your browser yet this setting should read "4" in the value column. Change that value to "8".

  6. nglayout.initialpaint.delay
    You need to create a new integer now. To do this you need to right click > New > Integer. In the text box that comes up you need to type "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and hit the ok button. Next, enter a value of "0" and click the OK button.

  7. config.trim_on_minimize
    You need to create a new Boolean now. To do this you need to right click > New > Boolean. In the text box that comes up you need to type "config.trim_on_minimize" and hit the OK button. Next, select "true" and click the OK button.

  8. browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer
    In the filter address bar type the following: "browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer". Change that value to "0".

  9. Uninstall or disable unused and/or old extensions. Select the "Tools" menu, click "Add-ons," and disable or uninstall each add-on that you don't use or find to be slowing you down. For useful add-ons, try disabling them one at a time, then restart Firefox to see if you notice a difference in the page-loading speed. If a specific add-on causes a slowdown, then evaluate whether or not the add-on's benefit is worth the slowdown. Disable the Java Console and the JavaScript Debugger; they are rarely used and can be re-enabled later if necessary.

      • Clear your download list by selecting the "Tools" menu, clicking "Downloads," then clicking the "Clear List" button on the "Downloads" pop-up window.

      • Create a new profile. The older your profile is, the more likely it is to slow down Firefox. Whatever operating system you're using, appending "-P" after the command to start Firefox will open up the Profile dialog box, allowing you to create a new profile. Using Windows, select the "Start" menu, go to "All Programs," scroll up to the "Accessories" folder and click on "Command Prompt." Type in "run firefox.exe -P" in the "Command Prompt" pop-up box.

      • Launch Firefox using the new profile, and see if you notice a difference in loading speed. If the speed has improved, you can import your bookmarks into the new profile, though you might lose some history information and other data. It might be worth the loss in order to have faster page loading.

      • Download and install add-ons such as NoScript, Adblock Plus and AFOM, which can all significantly improve Firefox's page-load speed. All of these add-ons are free.

      • Install Comodo Firewall and Avast Antivirus as your firewall and antivirus software, respectively. Firefox developers recommend these programs for faster browsing in Firefox. Both programs are free, but you may purchase more advanced versions.



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