When you’re online, you might notice that a lot of your fellow users—especially the ones who seem to be online all the time— complain about internet speed. Speed has always been one of th major concerns when it comes to internet usage, because the speed by which data travels from the network to your computer is a reflection of how much you’ll be able to do, save, post, or look over. Over the years, browsing speed has become a priority; ISPs are finding more and more ways to increase the speed of internet for their users. We’ve come a long way from the screechy dial-up modems that no one born past the year 1995 would remember—we’ve reached the age of sophisticated fiber optic lines that facilitate hundreds of kilobytes per second.
Faster Internet means Faster Communication
As online communication grows, so does the need for speed and strength of bandwidth. This is especially important for users and businesses that rely on the internet for much of their commerce and communication (such as companies which establish internet marketing, like Ebay or Zappos, or rely on a VoIP phone service, like GoogleTalk or RingCentral, in order to facilitate communication within the company itself).
Entire countries are now being rated for their internet speed, which increases or decreases their desirability as locales for online ventures. Right now, South Korea tops the list at a mind-boggling 17.5 megabytes per second. Fast internet speed is typically equated with efficiency and effective use of time online.
How can we get faster internet with what we have now?
Not everyone can match South Korea’s speed levels, but there are definitely ways to improve the speed and efficiency of your web browsing. A few tips to remember are:
- Use Google to view large documents – Businesses (and even in internet savvy homes) these days typically use Adobe Acrobat to read documents online. However, the larger documents could eat up a lot of bandwidth and affect loading time. Some browsers can actually crash before the document even shows up. Google has the solution: through a Google Docs or Gmail account, you can read an HTM version of the PDF, which makes page loading a lot faster and in turn helps you work more effectively.
- Using Safari or Opera – The more experienced net users as well as the users who spend a great deal of recreational time online often balk at the idea of using either one of these browsers, Safari or Opera are conducive towards productivity and internet speed. This is why both are employed in mobile and handheld devices—they have no extra bells and whistles, focusing only on loading the page.
- Increase the size of your cache – The cache is basically where local internet data files are stored, so if you happen to go back to the same web page later, it will load faster. This is extremely useful if you use a particular site often. If your cache is limited, then it will take longer to load other pages because there’s no more room for these things to be stored. Increasing the cache size will make things go more quickly.