Make your Internet Speed Faster in 6 Steps

We at know you care about your internet speed.
you spend decent amount of money every month to your ISP provider and often don't get what you paid for
For that we have iSpeed to analyze your speed performance and with that optimize your internet speed.

We have wrote this simple yet useful guide to help you increasing your speed in just 6 simple steps.

1. Test your Internet Connection Speed
The first step before you do any changes you should get your internet speed reading
to check your downstream and upstream speeds at different times of the day, you can do this using
our iSpeed checker on top of this page or here You should measure your speeds espacially on your most frequently used hours and perform another test at least once between 12:00 to 1:00 am when the internet bandwidth is lower.

2. Modem Update or Upgrade

How old is your cable/DSL modem? is it more then couple of years old? If it is you should probably ask your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for a new modem. The modem exchange will probably be free of charge, and if there is a fee of some sort you could probably agree to a new one year contract that will give you that upgrade for free.
The latest modems meet the DOCSIS 3.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) standard.
if your modem version is 1.1 or 2.0 and pay for a hige speed plan, you will most likely experience major increase just by swapping modems.

Upgraded modem or already own a new one? make sure you have the latestest firmware installed on it. Upgrading firmware can show immediate changes and increase in your connection speed.
Most of the cable providers push new firmwares to their modems automaticaly so the users don't need to upgrade themselves.

DSL modem upgrade - in order to do that you need to connect to its web interface, you do that by navigating on your browser to the IP address of the modem on its local network, that IP address can be found on the user manual or on the back of the modem, you can find the default setting for most modems here .
The address will probably look something like this: or and by entering it to your browser you will enter the modem interface that requires to sign up with username and password that should usually be on printed on the bottom of the modem if their were not changed.

Once you logged in check your firmware number usually on the main page or status page and see whether there is a newer version of the firmware to update from the manufactor site.
If there's a new version download it and look on the modem interface for where to upload a new version for update. Reboot your modem after install is completed.
Run the speed test again to check your improvement.
Updating firmware can both increase your speed and solve connection issues such as intermittend connection dropouts.

3. Optimize Modem Parameters
So we've checked for your firmware and you've taken the right steps to upgrade/update your modem. while you're at it you should check some key parameters.
* The maximum speed - both for upload and download - should match your ISP plan. if they don't you should check with your ISP perhaphs they didn't set your plan properly, call them and ask to fix your plan.

* Check the signal-to-noise radio ( SN margin ) and line attenuation, both of them are measured in decibles (dB).
Some explanation about the numbers:
The lower the SN margin, the more interference you have which leads to bad connection and will cause greater number of packets to be re-sent because they didn't deliver the first time.
If that is the case a noisey line like that could cut throughput framatically.
Line attenuation is the measure of drop-in voltage that comes with splitting your signal this is espacially relevant for cable modems and with long cable setup or old wiring.
Excessive signal loss might cause a drop in your throughput.

With DSL modems any value above 50dB for line attenuation is poor and 20~30 dB should be perfect.
Regarding signal-to-noise ( SN margin ) - 7 ~10 dB is marginal and 20~28 dB is great.
Note that ranges vary depending on your service level and modem type the faster your connection it should be cleaner.
You should check with your cable/DSL provider to know which range of numbers to expect.

4. Line Quality
You have run iSpeed test and the numbers doesn't add up with your ISP plan.
for example your speed test returned 6 Mbs download while you pay for 30 Mbs.
or alternatively you found poor SN margin or line attenuation numbers for your line -
That means you need to troubleshoot your wiring, noisey line may cause intermittent dropouts as well.

How do we trouble shoot that?
Cable Modem
First you need to determine if the signal is already degraded on its way before even reaching your house or maybe your wiring setup is the fault for it.
In order to test this move your cable modem as close as you can to the location where the wire first splits.
If its possible take a laptop and a power cord for your modem and place it outside to the junction where it connects to the house.
Retest and check if things improve, if not you should call your cable provider.
If your own wiring setup looks to be faulty you should try and reduce the number of splits before the wire reaches your modem, you can also try to replace the wire itself which might be faulty.
The best solution for cable modems is to split the wiring directly after your junction box and then run a clean direct cable to your modem.

DSL Modem
DSL line could be noisy inside the wiring that is caused due to other phone equipment on that line.
This split is supposed to be controlled by filters that are places on your wall jack and for each device, for phone and internet seperately.
Make sure they are all in place and that there is no device connected directly to the wall jack without filter.
If your line is still too "noisy" you should install a "DSL/POTS splitter" directly to your phone box where the wiring of your house comes in which will then run a dedicated "homerun" wire directly to the modem.
This will isolate your modem for internet and your phone and should cause a cleaner line.

If this is too much of a technical work for you or you just don't want to mess with that yourself, you can ask your cable or phone company to send a technican to do so - will usually involve a fee.

Improper grounding
This could also be a source of noise, that is more common to happen on cable modems.
You should check and make sure your TV equipment is connected properly to grounded outlets, using polarized plugs that are oriented in the right direction without any three-prong-to-two-prong adapters.
Also if you have an electric outlet tester check if it suffers from excees voltage on the cable wiring.
An electrician should find and fix any grounding problems they are safety hazard as well.

5. Software Settings
After we've solved the previous steps and your cable or DSL is as clean as you can make it, your next step would be to optimize your system and applications for maximum performance as well.
In order to optimize network performance in Windows XP, Vista or 7 we suggest Tweak-XP Pro , and Tweak 7 both softwares are simple to understand and optimize without knowledge such as registry editing or dealing with hidden windows settings.
These packages include dozens of overall tweaks and not just network and browser adjustments.

Optimization in the system level is more important in windows XP since vista & 7 already tune your TCP stack dynamically.
Windows Vista and 7 users could probably finish up with just minor optimization of specific applications like their browsers.
If you want to speed up your FireFox browser you can try FireTune or FasterFox, they are free and with just one-click you can optimize performance.
They will tweak low-level firefox settings such as cache, memory capacity, maximum simultaneous connections and performance of multiple data requests simultaneously.

6. Accelerated Downloads
If you are a frequent downloader you can save up decent amount of time just by using a download manager of your favorite, for example FlashGet or IDM - Internet download manager.
They create multiple simultaneous download links which eventually puts them all together for the final file.
All you do is click/drag download links in the program and it starts working.
Most download managers integrates with your browser for faster use.

That would be all, hope you enjoyed the guide and found it benefitial for your internet speed, don't forget to perform tests to check and maintain your internet connection stability high at all time