If you suffer from slow Web connection, here are a few Internet accelerators which can solve this problem. All of them require no new hardware and work with any low-speed Internet connection, including dial-up, ISDN, iDSL, DSL, and wireless.
They're more than just downloadable utilities. They're services which use collections of strategically deployed servers that allow to greatly reduce the amount of data transmitted to your PC and, consequently, the time it takes to download a Web page.
NetZero is a popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) offering low-cost ($9.95/month) unlimited dial-up Internet access and free 10 hours/month of dial-up access and free 200MB/month of 4G Mobile Broadband access. They also offer a dial-up Internet accelerator NetZero HiSpeed which includes their standard access and accelerates it by up to 5 times with no additional equipment.
NetZero HiSpeed accelerates Web page text and graphics. Secure or encrypted Web pages, streaming audio/video, digital photographs, MP3 or other music files, executable files and other downloads will not be accelerated.
How it works
NetZero HiSpeed is not a broadband service and actual data transmission rates are not faster than standard dial-up Internet service. Like the other Internet accelerators, it uses the following methods of acceleration...
- Data compression
NetZero HiSpeed Internet accelerator compresses the text and graphics that make up Web pages before they get sent to you over your phone line.
NetZero HiSpeed caches elements of frequently visited websites so they load faster on future visits. Your surfing will get faster as you continue to use this dial-up Internet accelerator.
- Faster connection to websites
It optimizes the communication between your system's modem and NetZero's network while you are online to shorten the amount of time it takes to connect you to the sites you visit.
- Pop-up blocking
This dial-up Internet accelerator includes a pop-up blocker, which means that you don't have to wait for pop-up ads to load.
If broadband connection isn't available or you need Internet access when you travel, NetZero HiSpeed is a good solution combining low-cost dial-up Internet connection and thousands of access numbers nationwide with efficient acceleration.
Free Internet accelerators
You can also find a lot of tools designed to optimize Windows configuration settings that affect your network and Internet connection speed. The standard Windows settings for many of the parameters controlling online performance are in most cases not optimized for your particular Internet connection and prevent you from reaching maximum download and upload speeds.
Generally, you can expect to achieve an improvement in the region of around 15-30%. It depends on your line quality, connection type and the performance of your provider.
Here are two free Windows Internet accelerators...
- Ashampoo Internet Accelerator 2 (select it from Products/Shop drop-down menu)
- SpeedGuide TCP Optimizer
These fast and free Internet accelerators work fine wherever there's a phone line and are a good alternative to DSL and other broadband solutions which are expensive and not yet available everywhere.
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