Slow Internet can often disturb your smooth Internet experience. Imagine you have came back after a bad day, and planned to have chill at night on Netflix. You have bought the premium package for chill-out and you reach home after the day ends. You turn on your computer and browse to Netflix website for the beginning of the chill! Wait! Lag? Oh man! I feel like to bang my PC with a hammer! Damn it! How to increase internet speed on PC.
Well, No worries! You can speed up your Internet with the following ways. No more bad days, you can now enjoy your Netflix show without any lag. You’ll get the whole of speed your ISP has promised you. We often get half or 1/4th of the speed that our Internet provider has promised to give us. It’s not to ISP’s fault, it’s our device which is running on default configuration or long term tweaked settings. Let’s begin with our optimization of Internet.
How to Increase Internet Speed on PC
In order to do increase internet speed, we need to first make sure that our computer is connected to Internet while we are configuring our PC for speed-ups so that we can test and see if our method is really working or not.
1. CMD Prompt Method
In this method, we will use CMD prompt to boost our Internet. To open Command Prompt, click on “Start > Type “CMD” in search box > Click on the blank window icon named “CMD” or “Command Prompt””. A black window will open(it will look like what is in the screenshot below).
Releasing The Allocated IPs
When your computer is connected to router, you’re assigned an IP address. Many times the local IP address assigned to you has a speed limitation which may cause unnecessary speeding limits to your device. Most of time, this is happened when someone sets up speed limit on the router for you. This locks down the Internet speed at specified ingress and Egress bandwidth which limits your incoming and outgoing packet transfer. To do release the specified IP address, type the following command in the black window(command prompt) and press enter.
Your IP address would be released. Wait there! Many times we face downtime after we perform this command in our command prompt. If you face one, you can simple goto “Start > Run > Type “NCPA.cpl” and select your network adapter > Right click on it and “troubleshoot” button.” This will troubleshoot your connectivity issue and get you connected back to Internet with another local IP address assigned to your PC/Laptop.
Flushing The DNS
Whenever you visit a website with default DNS, your PC caches the website’s IP address to improve it’s load time for the next time. But when a website’s server is changed, we often find ourselves to be redirected to old URL of the website which is mostly slow. To release/flush your DNS cache, you can flush your DNS cache to access the new IP address of the website through domain name quickly. Use the command below in your command prompt window to release/flush your DNS cache.
The above two commands are the most basic steps you can follow to speed up your Internet speed using command prompt. Now let’s move on to the number two. The manual method.
2. Changing DNS Server
When you browse a website, the IP address of the website is stored in your PC in the form of “DNS Cache”. But if there is a major change in the website you’re visiting, you may often encounter yourself to be visiting the old version of the website which is mostly slow. This leads to slow browsing experience to that particular website. Sometimes even after flushing the DNS cache, you face the issue because your DNS server isn’t informed about the change yet. This happens when you’re running on a slower DNS server. Let’s go on with the step to change DNS server IP address to experience faster browsing experience.
To do the above action, press “Windows key + R” to open run window. If not, then goto start and type “run” and click on “Run” to open up the run window.
Type “ncpa.cpl” in the box and press OK. The network connection window will open where you will see the adapters you’re using to connect to Internet. Select the adapter you are using to connect to the Internet. Mostly, there is only one adapter installed on your PC but in some instances, there are multiple. To see which one is used to connect to Internet on your PC, look out the icon. If there is any alert or cross mark on the icon, it means you are either not connected to Internet or that adapter doesn’t belongs to you. For example…
The right tick on is an example of your Internet adapter you are using to connect to Internet. I am using an Ethernet cable to connect to Internet so I am getting the name “Ethernet”.
Now right click on your network adapter and click “Properties”. This will require administrative access to make any changes in the network properties of your default Internet adapter.
Now you’ll see many options in the list. Double click on the “Internet Protocol Version 4/IPv4” to open it’s property. Or select it and click on properties.
You will now see another window popped up on your screen with IP address configuration ticked with “Obtain automatically” two times. One in DNS and one is IP address. We’re going to leave “IP Address” section as it is and select DNS as “Use Following DNS Server addresses”.
We will use Google’s Public DNS server IP address to speed up our DNS resolve process as they’re really fast in doing so. Use the following IP addresses in the configuration.
Preferred DNS Server :- 126.96.36.199
Secondary DNS Server :- 188.8.131.52
Now press “OK” and close all windows and experience the faster resolve of DNS then every before.
3. Using Antivirus to Increase Internet Speed
Don’t you remember the fast experience in initial stage when you bought the computer? Why is it slow now even after you’re still paying for the same plan and speed? It is because your Internet is being consumed by unwanted applications that you downloaded without your consent. This happens when you download malicious software such as hack tools and other shortcut stuffs.
You can checkout Top 4 Antivirus To Boost Your PC Performance.
Antivirus can clean up unwanted applications and speed your computer speed as well as Internet speed by freeing up space and deleting viruses.
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