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What kind of connection do you have?

If you have an older modem connection (either 56k or slower), then you
could look into a broadband connection (cable modem, DSL, or satelite).
That will definitely speed things up.

If you already have a broadband connection, then there may not be a whole
lot that you can do.  The speed at which a web page loads is a function of
not only your connection speed, but the amount of traffic on the web
server that is offering up the page and the amount of traffice between
your computer and the web server.

Do the pages just load slowly for a couple of sites or all the sites that
you visit?  Do the pages load slowly all the time or only during certain
times of the day?

One thing that you can do to "speed" things up is you have a 56k modem
connection (or any other connection for that matter) is to not have the
browser automatically load the images.  Since the images are usually the
thing that sucks up the bandwidth, not have them load can be quite a
benefit.  I used to do this back when I had a 28.8 modem.  This would
allow me to navigate the web rather quickly and then when I reached a page
where the images where necessary or what I wanted, then I would load the
images "manually".  This ability is still in the version of Netscape
(4.78) and IE (5.5) that I have, so I would suspect that it is still
present in IE 6.  If so, it should be under "Tools" in "Internet
Options...".   Select the "Advanced" tab and find the section on
Multimedia.  There should be an item labeled "Show pictures"...uncheck it.

HTH,

Scott
Ypsilanti, MI


On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, Reynold Franklin wrote:

> Stan:
> You convinced me that you know a lot about internet.  Can you suggest any
> recommendation for my case.  My IE is very slow in opening pages.  Using IE6
> on windows 2000.  How can I speed it up.
> Reynold
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 2:58 PM
> To: 'SEAINT Listserv'
> Subject: Interesting Internet Connection Freeware
>
>
> Recently, I discovered two small freeware programs that appear to be
> worthwhile.  Both are true freeware, with no banner ads, pop-up ads, or
> spyware (at least, none that I can find).  If these are of interest, you can
> download them from www.metaproducts.com/DE.html
> <http://www.metaproducts.com/DE.html> .
>
> Download Express (207K)
>
> This is a program that works within Internet Explorer to speed up downloads
> on any Internet connection.  It claims to break up a large file into several
> threads, and then download the pieces simultaneously, thereby maximizing the
> speed of the overall download.  I have tried this program, and it does
> indeed seem to speed things up.  My son first notified me of this program.
> Here is his testimonial:
>
> Definitely get Download Express.  It's freeware, that splits up large
> download files across up to 7 HTTP ports.  I just downloaded Mil-HDBK-5 Rev
> H (43 Meg) and H-Change Notice 1 (21 Meg) in a total of about 3.4 minutes on
> my Road Runner cable connection.  That's FAST!!  I found it while
> downloading Panda Antivirus Titanium to replace my old InoculateIT freeware
> antivirus.
>
> Net Activity Diagram (322K)
>
> I found this simple program while studying the information available at the
> Metaproducts website (above).  It provides a real-time graph and statistics
> of your incoming and outgoing Internet activity, either in a pop-up window,
> or within your System Tray.  The former option provides a good way to
> monitor your actual connection speed at any given time.  The latter option
> provides a convenient way to know when information is being transmitted
> "behind your back".
>
> Both programs are 32-bit software, compatible with any flavor of Windows.
> Both have multiple but easily understood configuration options, and both can
> be uninstalled through the Control Panel.
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Stan Caldwell
>
>
>
>
>
>
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