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Chapter 2. Making the Broadband Connection > Speeding Up a Broadband Connection

Speeding Up a Broadband Connection

Broadband Internet connections pump a lot of data into and out of your computer. Unfortunately, Windows does not come optimized for this level of throughput—which means that you’re probably not getting the maximum performance from your broadband connection.

The way around this problem is to tweak a handful of important Windows system settings. Unlike the dial-up tweaks discussed in Chapter 1, “Choosing and Connecting to an ISP,” most of which lower specific system settings, broadband tweaks involve setting higher values for the same settings. These higher settings are necessary to handle the faster flows of data from DSL, cable, and other broadband connections; lower settings (including Windows’ default settings) effectively choke the flow of information.


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