Internet Explorer 7.0
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.0 is a vast improvement from version 6.0; however, they left the default maximum number of connections per server to a measly 2. Theoretically, the more connections a browser has with a server, the faster the rendering of the webpage. However, there are limits and too many connections can be counterproductive. If you have a fast internet connection (i.e. dsl, cable or satellite), you can increase the maximum number of connections to a more reasonable 8. If you have fast cable or satellite, you can even bump that up t o 10. In order to change the default setting, you will need a single free third party program called “IE7 Pro.” I love this little program. Its adds so many more features to IE 7, including: ad blocking, proxy settings, mouse gestures and many more fun things. For more info about the problem, read Lifehacker’s piece on the program.
- Download IE7 Pro and install it.
- Once installed, start Internet Explorer.
- On the menu bar, click on “Tools.”
- Scroll down and select “IE7Pro Preference.”
- On the left column, select “IE Settings.”
- Under “Max connections to server,” increase the number to 8 or 10.
- Click [OK] and you are finished. Enjoy faster browsing.
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 requires a little more work in order to speed it up but don’t be intimidated. There is no third party software or add-on you need in order to make the necessary changes.
- Start Firefox and, in the address bar, type “about:config” without the exclamation marks.
- Next, click [I’ll be careful, I promise!].
- In the “Filter box” enter “network.http.max-connections” without the exclamation marks.
- Right click the entry and select “Modify.”
- In the new dialog box enter “40” and click [OK].
- Next, right click “network.http.max-connections-per-server” and select “Modify.”
- In the new dialog box enter “32” and click [OK].
- Next, right click “network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-poxy” and select “Modify.”
- In the new dialog box enter “16” and click [OK].
- Right click “network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server” and select “Modify.”
- In the new dialog box enter “8” and click [OK].
- Right click “network.http.pipelining” and select “Toggle.” The entry should change from “false” to “true.” (see note at the end of this article)
- Restart Firefox.
Opera 9.6 is one of the best browser I have tested. It’s fast and feature rich. Many of the features found in Firefox and IE have long been available in Opera, such as: mouse gestures, tabs, integrated RSS reader, integrated e-mail and the list goes on. There are some minor tweaks you can make to speed up this already blazing fast browser.
- In the menu bar, click on “Tools” and scroll down to “Preferences….”
- Click on the “Advanced” tab.
- In the left column, select “Network.”
- In “Max connections to server,” select “16.”
- In “Max total connections,” select “32.”
- Next, in the left column, select “History.”
- In “Check documents,” change the default to “Every 10 minutes.”
- In “Check images,” change the default to “Every 5 hours.”
- Click [OK] and restart Opera.
Note: For those curious about pipelining and how it speeds up your browser, read this article written by Mozilla.