For faster Web speed try one thing at a time

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 April, 1997, 12:00am

I would like to increase the speed of my Web browsing. Even though I use a 28.8K connection, I find the process much too slow for my liking. Especially when I do other Internet-related things at the same time, like transferring files and updating PointCast while using Netscape to browse. I have tried browsing the Web without the graphics, but then I lose too much. Any other solutions? JEROME WONG Wan Chai First, when you browse the Web on a dial-up connection, do only that. Do not try to update PointCast or FTP while browsing. You are only going to drive yourself insane because of the slow speed. In essence, you are taking a 28.8K connection and performing three transfer processes with it, effectively cutting down the speed of each process to 9,600bps or thereabouts. Would you ever browse the Web at 9,600bps? Even without graphics? Go ahead and stop the other processes, even close PointCast completely when browsing. If you want to browse with graphics, you can still improve your speed by not asking your computer to give you highest quality images. This will work only with Netscape 3.0, however.

If you are using Windows 95, you can make pages load somewhat faster by going to General Preferences dialogue box, selecting Images, and checking Substitute Colours. The default setting here is Automatic. This displays downloaded images in marginally lower-quality colours, but noticeably increases speed. If you come across an image you want to see in better colour, change the General Preferences Images settings back to get the best colour. Return to Substitute Colours when you want faster downloading.

Another thing - although you have a 28.8K modem, you may not necessarily be connecting to the Internet at that speed. Things like poor line quality, or the unavailability of that type of modem on your ISP's side could result in a slower connection. You can get your phone provider to fix the line. In Windows 95 you can check connection speed in the Connected to (ISP name) dialogue box.