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Fintan
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:49 pm    Post subject: Getting Max Speed from Slow Internet Reply with quote

This thread inspired by
Southpark Fan's post to
Aemilius here.

The objective is to speed up what Aemilius calls
"an incredibly slow free dial-up connection"
Wink

This tactic (which I've seen before),
didn't seem to help....
Quote:
Try this to speed things up:



Ok, now change

Bits per second to Maximum (128000)
Select Flow Control = Hardware


There are many BFN readers who are on
slow connections, so it's a relevant issue.

Here's a few speed-up ideas.
Each help a bit - some a lot.


ZAP ADVERTS AND DITCH ~60% OF YOUR INTERNET LOAD TIME

That's an average figure.
With commercial sites 80%+of the page load is adverts.
(With BreakFornews, we don't do adverts - so it's zero.)
Here's member Continuity's tip: Hostman. Been using it years.


USE THE FASTEST BROWSER

Interent Explorer usually sucks on slow connections.
Try Chrome (my choice) or Firefox to see which is fastest.
(With Chrome, use the extension "The Great Suspender")


USE A SIMPLE FIREWALL, NOT A BLOATWARE ONE

Most firewalls are resource-grabbing bloat.
This isn't:
http://www.breakfornews.com/firewall.htm


DITCH ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR BROWSING

AVG, AVAST, etc slow you up big time.
Alt = use Chrome or Firefox with "bad site blocking" turned on.
plus Run the free MalwareBytes virus checker regularly after browsing.


CHECK SPEED AND PING

Before you try anything... accurately check your speed

Use it and then you know your real
speed before - and after any change:

http://openspeedtest.com/
Requires no java - does not formally report ping time,
but watch carefully to see ping as speed is computed.

Alternatively.......

WIN STATE LOTTERY

Sheesh - that new T1 connection thar'. She's a Faaaaast one.....!! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really light adblocker plugin, available for Firefox and Chrome is uBlock (mu block) - it's *much* less resource intensive than Adblock (Plus), and works just as well, if not better.

Speaking of HOSTSman, if you've got a rooted Android device, AdAway provides that functionality (it's available from the F-Droid app store (it's legit!)) - if not rooted, then Adblock Plus (ABP) for Android works well.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A really light adblocker plugin, available for Firefox and Chrome is uBlock


That looks like the best solution for the non-tech user.
Simpler than the hostman install / maint.

Go for it guys - why slow your connection and pay to read adverts!!?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

uBlock isn't a HOSTs-based solution - it uses the same kinds of mechanisms as Adblock Plus-type browser addons, available for Firefox, Chrome etc., using pattern matching algorithms.

Confusingly, on rooted Android devices, AdAway, available on the F-Droid app store (free and legit) does what HostsMan does on Win.

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