SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator
software to boost your connection
Home SpeedConnect Download Buy Support Contact us • Get FREE Version • Buy FULL

How to speed up your internet connection with SpeedConnect

The speed of your network connection doesn't just depend on the speed of your hardware. Windows is an operating system that is designed to work on a variety of different hardware and network setups. Because of the abstract nature of the operating system, it cannot be optimized for user-specific hardware setups.

Depending on the type of network connection you have, you might be able to tweak your connection so that the speed of your Internet, as well as your local area network, will be faster. By changing the System Registry and editing the TCP/IP parameters, you can fine-tune the values to take advantage of more reliable, faster Internet connections, such as DSL and cable.

These next sections will guide you through the steps of increasing both the speed of your local area network and your Internet connection.

Does your computer slow down when you browse your local area network and connect to other computers that are sharing data? One of the most common causes of this slowdown is a feature of Windows Explorer that looks for scheduled tasks on remote computers. This effort can take some time on some computers and can really slow down your browsing. The window with which you are browsing the network may appear to freeze momentarily, as the system is waiting for a response from the remote computer.

Although this problem is a complex one, the solution is very simple. Instead of having to wait for the remote scheduled tasks, which is useless information to anyone who is not a system administrator remotely configuring scheduled tasks, you can disable this feature.

In order to do this, you will have to change the System Registry and delete a reference to a key so that this feature will not be loaded. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Start SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator by clicking the Start Menu and selecting Programs, SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator (or using the desktop shortcut, if you created one).
  2. Once the software has loaded, click the Extra Settings Panel of SpeedConnect.
  3. Next, look for the LAN Settings option group.
  4. Check the Increase LAN Browsing Speed checkbox.
  5. Click Apply Changes button.

If you prefer to use the easy Quick Optimizer, this option will be automatically checked for you when clicking Optimize button.

Once you have clicked the Apply Changes button, you just need to restart and the changes will be in effect. Now your network computer browsing will be without needless delays

Disabling unneeded protocols

With every computer comes programs installed that you do not need. As with extra programs taking up space, extra protocols are just wasting your network connection and can actually slow it down. How is this possible? By default, a few different protocols are installed on your computer to allow for maximum compatibility with other computers on a network; these protocols each require bandwidth to operate. Most users will not use too many protocols, and their computers will use up a portion of their connection as they respond and transmit information for these protocols.

Additionally, with extra protocols installed on your network adapter connected to the Internet, you increase your risk of security-related problems. One of the most common risks for broadband users is that they have the Client for Microsoft Networks networking protocol enabled on their connection. This protocol allows everyone in their neighborhood to connect to the users' computers and view any files that they may be sharing. This fact alone should be a good enough reason for you to turn off the extra protocols. But with them disabled, you will also save a little bandwidth as well.

Viewing protocols on your network adapters
Viewing the protocols installed and active on your various network adapters is easy. Just follow these quick steps and you will be viewing them in no time:

  1. Right-click the My Network Places icon on the desktop or in the Start Menu and select Properties. If the My Network Places icon is not in either of those locations, then go to the Control Panel and click the Network Connections icon that is shown under the Classic view.
  2. Next, right-click the network adapter with which you want to view the network protocols and select Properties.
  3. This will bring up a list of the protocols installed as well as active on your adapter. The protocols that are installed but not active are indicated by the absence of a check in the checkbox.

Disabling a specific protocol
Now that you have the list of installed and active protocols on your screen, you are ready to disable a protocol. To do so, just click the check box to remove the check. Then click the OK button and the protocol is no longer active on the network adapter.

It is highly recommend that you disable all protocols except for the TCP/IP protocol (also referred to as the Internet Protocol). Doing so will optimize your adapter for speed and security.

Be aware that if you remove the Client for Microsoft Networks protocol and the file-sharing protocol, you will no longer be able to share your files. Additionally, you will no longer be able to connect to remote computers to view their shared files.

Also keep in mind that if you have multiple adapters in your machines, such as a wireless adapter, a wired network adapter, and a dialup modem, you will have to repeat the preceding instructions for each adapter.

Tweaking your Internet connection for speed

Almost every computer user has different Internet connection conditions. Some users have very high-speed connections, while others have slow connections. Some users have high-speed connections using cable-based technologies, while others have high-speed connection through DSL-based technologies. On top of these differences, some are located farther away from their local network switching station than others and have a higher latency (delay) on their connections because of the distance the data has to travel. All of these different connection conditions make every user unique.

The TCP/IP protocol settings can be optimized for best speed under each of these situations. By default, Windows has these settings set in a "one size fits all" approach. As I mentioned earlier, Windows has to be abstract in certain areas because of its broad user base. Because of this approach, many users can fine-tune their settings to be optimal for their connection conditions. Doing so will optimize the data transferred so your network connection will be more efficient, leading to high speeds.

With a little help from some fine online tools and software programs, you can test your Internet connection and decide what needs fine-tuning. The process of tweaking your Internet connection is not always easy, but it is doable.

Caution: Before going any further, you are strongly advised to create a system restore point, so that if things go wrong, which is not very likely, you will have a backup.

This is NOT necessary if you use SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator. The original settings are automatically saved, and can be restored at any time, if needed.

The next step in the tweaking process is to get all of the software that is needed. The main software program that you will use is SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator, which is developed by CBS Software and is available for download at http://www.cbs-soft.com/download.htm

SpeedConnect is a great program that allows users to edit and optimize their Internet settings safelly and easily . Click here to download and install the latest version of SpeedConnect.

Detecting settings with SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator

Once you have downloaded SpeedConnect, you are ready to start getting information to use with the program. The first value that you will need to detect is the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) of your connection. To do this, you will use the Find Best MTU Tool available on SpeedConnect's Tools&Wizards panel. Follow these steps to find the best maximum transmission unit to use for your connection:

  1. First, open SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator.
  2. Select the Network Settings Panel and be sure current MTU value is set to 1500. If NOT, set MTU manually to 1500, click Apply Changes and (VERY IMPORTANT!) RESTART Windows. Then re-open SpeedConnect and go to step 3.
  3. Once SpeedConnect is loaded and current MTU value is set to 1500, you are ready for the next part. Select the Tools&Wizards Panel, then click Find Best MTU tool.
  4. Run the detection test 3 or 4 times, and note the BEST MTU value found by this tool.
    Write down this BEST MTU value. This will be the MTU value USED ON ALL YOUR OPTIMIZATION TESTS!

Optimizing your connection with SpeedConnect

Now that you have the BEST MTU value detected, you are ready to enter this information into all your future optimization tests. Open SpeedConnect and select the Quick Optimizer panel, then follow these steps to run your first optimization test:

  1. First step is to select your connection type from the drop-down box.
  2. If your connection is PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet, is asking a password each time you start your computer and navigate for the first time), then check the PPPoE checkbox.
  3. Next, you will have to do a little research and find out exactly what your bandwidth speeds should be for your Internet connection. You may need to contact your ISP to find out the exact values, because the values are not always advertised. If not known, just skip this bandwith step. Otherwise, if you know the bandwith value, make sure that it is in kilobits per second and not kilobytes per second (KB= kilobytes; Kb= kilobits), then select the bandwidth value on the corresponding drop-down box.
    click to enlarge
    click on image for full view
  4. Next step is to choose a preseted optimization mode to be applied to your connection.
  5. Select the Network Adapter to optimize (or choose All Network adapters) from the coresponding drop-down box. Now, you are almost done.
  6. Click the Optimize button to let SpeedConnect calculate the optimal network settings for you selection.
  7. DO NOT click Apply Changes yet! First, make sure that you have the BEST MTU value in Network Settings Panel (switch from Quick Optimizer panel to Network Settings panel, check current MTU value. If the proposed optimal value is NOT the BEST MTU value found earlier, CHANGE manually the MTU value to your BEST MTU.
  8. Finaly, click Apply Changes to let SpeedConnect save the new settings to your system.
  9. Exit SpeedConnect.
  10. IMPORTANT! RESTART Windows for new settings to take effect.

You are now finished with your first process that will optimize your Internet connection. That wasn't too hard now, was it?

It is very important to try all the optimization modes, in order to find the best optimization for your internet connection. This means, you have to repeat the above steps (1-10) EACH TIME you are making a new optmization. Then, restart, retest your connection speed, until the best result is obtained. This is all about experimenting, and it takes some time. After all, it is a one time process. Once you will get the best optimization for your connection, you will not need to use SpeedConnect until you decide to change some settings or restore your default settings.

Network Settings / Extra Settings (for advanced users)

If you want to change any settings manually or if you just want to check the values proposed by SpeedConnect, you can always switch to Network Settings or Extra Settings panels.

  1. Choose the Network Settings panel (or Extra Settings panel)
  2. Review or change the shown settings.
  3. Click Apply Changes.
  4. Click Exit.
  5. RESTART Windows for new settings to take effect.


click to enlarge
click on image for full view

If you are experiencing network problems after optimizing your connection, use the Restore Original Settings option (or Restore Windows Defaults) to fix the network settings. You may try the settings again or experiment with new values until you'll get the best optimization for your connection.

If you need more help, please feel free to contact SpeedConnect Support Team.

"CBS Software's SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator tops overall."
PC Magazine Review

"SpeedConnect can automatically work out the best way to squeeze that extra bit of speed out of your computer"s Internet connection."


 For Windows® 10,8,7,Vista,XP.

"CBS Software's SpeedConnect Internet Accelerator tops overall."
PC Magazine Review

"SpeedConnect can automatically work out the best way to squeeze that extra bit of speed out of your computer"s Internet connection."


 For Windows® 10,8,7,Vista,XP.

©1998-2024 CBS Software. All Rights Reserved.
CBS Software • 1504 A. Crestone Ave • Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Fax: 1-801-315-4743 • Email: info@cbs-soft.com