The world wide web, also known as the Internet is basically a collection of networks which connect each and every one of us together.
Being able to access the Internet opens up the entire network to the user. The tremendous developments in technology have meant that the dial-up modem has been almost completely replaced by Fiber optic cables. This article explains how to speed up such Internet connections without putting your pocket under too much stress.
Solution 1: Remove Bandwidth Hogging Applications
Sometimes certain applications utilize a lot of bandwidth from the background without popping up any notification, hence making it a lot more difficult to identify the culprit behind the slow Internet connection. However, Windows 10 provides a very handy solution for such stubborn applications. The following steps demonstrate how to first identify such applications, and then exit them, thereby releasing the amount of bandwidth they had eaten up back to the system.
- Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the opened list.
- Locate the Performance tab in the Task Manager and switch to it.
- Locate the Ethernet or a similar category which shows the bandwidth being utilized currently. If it displays a value greater than 0, it means the connection is currently being used by an application.
- Click on Open Resource Monitor from the same tab (Performance).
- Now switch to the Network tab.
- Find the applications that are currently consuming the bandwidth. Click the Total column head to sort the table in descending order. Do the same for both Send and Receive columns.
- Now right-click on any app that isn’t of any use and is also eating up a lot of bandwidth, and select End Process to exit that application. Doing so will release a handy amount of bandwidth back to the system, and thereby boost the Internet connection.
Solution 2: Use Google DNS to Speed Up the Resolving Time
DNS a.k.a Domain Name Server converts the alphanumeric web address to its numeric counterpart which consists of 4 places in the IP4 type. Windows creates a cache and stores each converted IP address in its local DNS to boost up the time required to resolve the address, but things change dramatically when the user is visiting a new site altogether. Since the local DNS is unable to resolve it, the ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) DNS comes into play. However, most of the ISPs aren’t well equipped to provide a better resolving time, especially if the ISP is from a developing nation. In such cases, using the Google Public DNS boosts the Internet connection greatly.
- Locate the Network icon in the notification area, right-click it and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Now look for Change adapter settings, and click it.
- Locate either Ethernet or a similar network adapter depending on the connection currently being used, right-click it and select Properties.
- Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Now first check the Use the following DNS server addresses option, and then type in the following Google Public DNS addresses in them.
- Now simply restart the Internet connection so that the changes can be applied.