There are a lot of factors to consider. First there is your
modem and than the internet provider which connects you to the
internet. If the connection between you and your provider is
not clean speed is compromised. For example a 56K modem is able
to except data at up to 56K per second. If the line that is transferring
the information was perfect with no defects, age, and even weather
can slow down receiving rate. This is called a poor phone line.
Second is the ISP sever its self. If a lot of users are making
request from the server you will experience slower downloads.
Thirdly the traffic which is flowing from the site that you are
accessing maybe very busy by us users at that end. Four there
maybe a lot of people on at the same time that have jammed it
up. For these for situations you do not have any control over.
However you do have control over your browser may it be Internet
Explorer, Netscape or other popular browsers. Two places where
we can speed time up and that is when you first visit a page
and when you later return to the same page.
When you first visit a page for the first time our ISP server
is transferring the most information to our computers. In this
transfer are text, graphics and sometimes video. Text is the
fastest to download, followed by clip art, photos, music and
video - which takes the longest. In Internet Explore go to view,
than options to general and see multi - media we can tell our
browser what to load on that page first and graphics if we want
later. The page will load with the basics which is the text only.
Where the image are to go is a box, if you right click your mouse
a menu will pop up asking if you want to "Show Pictures"
This cache is a folder located on your
hard drive. In this folder are fills from the most visited web
sites. The cache is limited in how much that it will store. the
reason for this is that if there was no limit data would completely
fill your hard drive. So when the cache allowance is filled the
oldest of data is sent to your trash. The information in the
cache is used when we return to a web page. The graphics and
text are stored in the cache. New material from that page such
as an update is transferred from your ISP and the rest comes
from the hard drive. You can find the cache in internet explorer
by going to view> options> advanced. Now look for Temporary
Internet files> view files. A listing of all the cache files
are presented Under this tab there are some changes that you
can perform to encourage better downloads. For instant in this
first section you control if you want the page to refresh - which
downloads new material.
Check for newer versions of stored pages
- every visit to the page
- every time you start internet explorer
This next section gives you the option
to have a small cache or a larger one which would need more space
off of your hard drive. With more hard space you can store more
web pages and in return runs download times a bit faster.
Amount of disk space to use
After you have made your adjustment
here you will see an increase in downloading pages. Cause only
the newest of information will download to older pages required.
On Netscape this what you do first.
go to the Edit menu and look for preferences > Advanced >
See Dish cache ( a blank space here
) kBytes under this you will find a button for clearing the cache.
Clearing is sometimes used when java is acting up or to delete
your cache. You will also find a button which allows for you
to either scan your hard drive for a folder or create a new for
storing downloads that you want to save on your computer.
The second part cache section will allow
for you to indicate whether you want to cache or not.
Your options are
- Every time
- Once per session
So there you have it as to how you can
speed up download time from the internet. You can use these same
setting if you are using ADSL, DSL or cable as your hook up to
the world wide web.