Getting the most out of your ISP
Getting the most out of your ISP connection can be a daunting business if you choose to do it manually. There is a much better way and today I am going to show you how.
The first thing you need to do is go to a site called SpeedGuide and download a utility called TCPOptimizer. Incidentally, you won’t find many web sites that match SpeedGuide for great broadband information.
If you would like to do a before and after speed test, you can use DCT’s very own Speed Test to check out your Internet Speed. I believe it requires Java to run. If you don’t have Java installed you may try the alternative SpeedTest at the SpeedGuide site.
The Speedguide site has a wealth of information regarding Broadband settings and I highly recommend that you take the time to peruse it. There is also a nifty TCP/IP Analyser that runs right from their site and will give you more insight into your settings and how to tweak them for ultimate performance. TCPOptimizer comes in a 64-bit flavor as well. Once you have downloaded the program you don’t have to install it; just run it and this is what you’ll see:
- The first thing you’ll want to do is move the slider to the Internet speed matching your ISP’s rated offering. Mine is 10 Mbps.
- Next, put a check in the box labeled Modify All Network Adapters
- If your connection is PPPoE, then you’ll want to check that box as well. This will be grayed out until you click the Custom Radio Button. Note: PPPoE stands for: Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet. For a brief explanation check out this Wikipedia Page. If you’re not sure, your ISP will be able to provide you with this information.
- Click the Optimal Radio Button. You’ll see the settings change based on what TCPOptimizer thinks are the best settings for your computer.
- When you are satisfied with your settings, click the Apply Changes button. Clicking Exit will close the program and nothing will have been altered.
- TCPOptimizer will bring up a list of all the changes for you to see. You will notice a little check box in the lower left corner labeled Backup. Make sure this is checked so if things go wrong you can restore the original settings.
By comparing the Old Value and New Value columns you can see what changes will be applied.
Once you choose OK, another window will pop up asking if you’d like to re-boot your computer. No changes will take effect until you do so. Windows reads these settings at boot-time only so it is a necessary step.
Your results will vary depending on the original settings. You may or may not notice a significant improvement in responsiveness while surfing the Internet. Using this tweak will not damage anything and if you don’t like the results you can always revert to the old settings that were in place before running this tool, or the Windows default settings.
I’ve used this utility for many years all the way back to Windows 98 days and have never had a problem. Also, I have only scratched the surface of what this versatile little Proggy can do. The SpeedGuide site has a full description available for you to read at your leisure. You don’t really need to know all that geeky stuff but it’s there if you are interested in the deeper workings of your computer.
Let me know how it works for you,