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Slow Internet Survival Guide
The ProblemMy internet connection is slow and unreliable. It takes forever for a Youtube video to buffer and when I download a file the connection gets interrupted and I have to start over.
Summary: While there is no magic software that can speed up your connection, there are many work-arounds that will help you accomplish what you want. While you will have to sacrifice something, (time or quality) you can still get what you want. Below you will find solutions for various online services.
Before you get started on the tutorials below, I suggest that you scan your system for any malware. Some malware programs can suck up your bandwidth, so by removing them you can speed up your internet. I suggest using Malwarebytes, which you can download for free here.
Watching Youtube videos can be frustrating when you have a slow connection. While there is no way to speed up buffering the videos, you can quickly and easily add them to Dropbox, which will then automatically download to your computer, for watching at any time. Click here to see how to do this.
Uploading to Youtube
Youtube supposedly supports resume on its uploads, but that has never worked for me. The best way I have found to upload videos is to do it with Dropbox and Logmein, using a friends internet connection. To see how to do this, check out this tutorial.
The best way to speed up browsing is to switch browsers. Opera is a lesser known browser that has been around for many years. It is unique from other browsers in how it loads images. When you load a webpage, the browser contacts Opera's servers, which send your browser highly compressed images. By sending compressed images, Opera can get you browsing 3 to 4 times faster. Opera even allows you to turn off the loading of images, which can greatly increase your browsing speed. You can get the Opera browser here.
When downloading files smaller than 300 megabytes:
Why is Dropbox better than a download manager? Dropbox does a better job of insuring complete and uncorrupted downloads by breaking each file up into small chunks and then checking the validity of each section. If the chunk does not match up, Dropbox re-downloads the smaller section - guaranteeing an accurate transfer while using little bandwidth.
When downloading files larger than 300 megabytes:
Ever wished that you could just use someone else's internet connection? Well, that is possible, though it has its limitations. All you have to do is get a friend to let you install logmein.com's software on their computer. You will then be able to remotely control their computer from your's.
Using Dropbox you can send files to/from their computer. This is a great solution for uploading videos and pictures, or downloading large files. It can also greatly increase your browsing speed - just check out this video.
GrooveShark is a great free music streaming service that allows you to listen to just about any album you want. It basically is free iTunes with 15 million songs.
GrooveShark users with slow connections will experience interrupted songs as they wait for them to buffer. However, there is a setting that will allows users with slow connections to listen to GrooveShark using less bandwidth. The downside is that this setting also lowers the quality from being comparible CD quality, to quality more similar to FM radio. If this does not bother you, click here to see how to optimize GrooveShark for slower connections.
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