Tips For Faster Internet Access
Broadband or high speed Internet access is not commonplace yet, especially in residential areas. Hence, many home workers and teleworkers have to make do with dial-up connections. This can be quite frustrating at times, especially when downloading or sending out large files.
So, what can you do if you’re stuck with slow dial-up access but desperately want have faster Internet speed? Don’t worry, there are some solutions that can help improve the speed you get from your dial-up service.
There are software which help you reduce download time. These are known as speed boosters. Three such softwares, Download Accelerator, FlashGet and Speed Download 2, are explained in this article. Propel is an online service which improves the speed that web pages load up.
This application helps you download files faster by getting them from multiple servers at once. It does this by searching for mirror sites to maximize your download performance. It can also recover from lost connections, computer shutdowns, and other errors. Its Always Resume function allows you to resume broken downloads from servers that do not support resume functions, plus an integrated toolbar for Internet Explorer, which includes a leecher and link. Download Accelerator works with the top three most popular browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera.
This applicationsplits files into parts and then downloads those segments simultaneously. By doing this, the downloading speed is supposed to increase from anywhere between 100 to 500 per cent. FlashGet also allows you to create unlimited numbers of categories of downloads with their own specified hard drive directories. Its easy-to-use management features help you to organise your files conveniently. This software is free to try but costs US$29.95 to buy. It’s available for Windows PCs only.
Speed Download 2
Mac fans, have no fear, there’s something for you, too, in the form of this application, known as Speed Download 2. This application works its magic by using multiple connections to download a file and then joining the resulting pieces back into a single file. To be more specific, each file to be downloaded is split into a various segments – you can choose the number of segments you want, up to 32 – and each segment is downloaded by a separate connection. But all this happens on the back end, so you as a consumer don’t have to worry about it. Just sit back and enjoy the faster download. Speed Download 2 is a shareware program. You can try it for free, but if you intend to use it, it is only ethical that you pay the shareware fee of US$20.
This application improves your browsing speed, by making web pages load up faster. The service is called Propel and for US$8 monthly, it makes your dial- up access speed increase by up to five times.
The service works by installing a special software into your personal computer. This software will direct your requests for web pages to Propel’s proxy server which will then send you to the web page that’s been cached. Of course, your computer also has its own built-in caching system (storage device) to allow for faster downloads, but Propel has advanced caching technologies that works better than what you have in your computer.
The way caching works is that the system has to ‘see’ the website at least once before the loading speed can increase (it needs to save the image in a cache). Upon your second visit you should already get a noticeable decrease in loading time. The pages that you visit regularly are the ones that will benefit most from Propel.
Bear in mind that caching technology doesn’t actually increase your dial-up speed but merely causes web pages to load faster. That means you won’t see an increase in speed of downloads even if you use Propel. To achieve faster downloads, you’ll need to use one of the three applications I described earlier in this article.
So, is it worth paying for these applications? Well, if you are someone with little patience, and broadband is not available where you’re at, it’s definitely worth considering, especially since the Internet is so crucial to homepreneurs.
Article contributed by Oon Yeoh