Got Slow Internet Connection? Try this

Last week was quite a slow Internet week for most of us (in India atleast), thanks to the Undersea cable repair work at SEA-ME-WE 4. I am on Airtel Broadband connection (even have a Reliance Netconnect) and both of them failed miserably.

I am sharing two simple tips that worked for me:

Google DNS

Instead of the DNS addresses frm your ISP, I used Google Public DNS service and noted slightly better speed.

How to setup Google DNS

  1. Select the Networking tab (Control Panel/Network and Internet). Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
  2. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
  5. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

Opera Browser

I am a Firefox fanboy and frankly, switched to Opera as they have been positioning themselves as the fastest browser in the  world. TO give you some idea, I had to upload almost 3-4 GB worth of videos and Firefox on the default Airtel connection was a fail. Between Opera and Chrome, Opera was the winner, though marginally better than Chrome when it comes to browsing regular sites I visit (like Gmail/Youtube/FB).opera turbo

Opera boasts of Turbo Technology that compresses web pages up to 80%. Opera Turbo is a server-side optimization and compression technology that speeds up data transfer and reduces the amount of data that needs to be downloaded in order to view the page by up to 80%.

My Airtel/Firefox combination didn’t work so great and Google DNS+Opera combination was surely a hit. And that makes me wonder, why isn’t Opera using such moments (like Undersea cable damage) to market the benefit of its products.