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5 Tips to make your I.S.P’s service better (by yourself)

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Internet connectivity has lately been sluggish for many users (esp. in India). I have been using BSNL and packet loss, Automatic disconnection are very common problems I face. In this post, I am going to outline some measures you can take to make the most of your Internet connection.

Here are my 5 Tips to make your I.S.P service better.

  1. Get a Better DNS Server
  2. Reboot Your Router
  3. Use C-Cleaner
  4. Upgrade your Router’s Firmware
  5. Check for Hidden Users

These 5 Tips will definitely help you to make your I.S.P’s service better, probably the best.

#1. Get a Better DNS Server

DNS is a critical component of how things are located on the Internet, our ISPs DNS servers are usually very basic and do not provide additional security. Using a Public DNS server like OpenDNS, Google DNS will make your Internet connection stable by at least 20% than it currently is. Here are a few instructions on setting up a public DNS on your computer.

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  1. Go to Start -> Run -> and type in ‘ncpa.cpl’
  2. Right Click on your Active Internet Connection and choose properties. (If UAC asks for credentials, give continue)
  3. Double Click ‘Internet Protocol Version 4’
  4. You should now be able to see the Internet Protocol Version 4 properties. Click the Check Box ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’
  5. Under Preferred DNS server enter 208.67.222.222 and under Alternative DNS enter 208.67.220.220
  6. Click Okay wherever applicable
  7. Your computer is now assigned to use a public DNS server now. Restart it and feel the change.

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#2. Reboot Your Router

This might be of no logic, but it seems to work for me. Restart your Router at least once a day (or whenever problem persists). If you normally turn it off at night and start it the next morning, you don’t have to reboot.

#3. Use C-Cleaner

Problems with Internet connectivity always need not be with your ISP. Your computer’s Registry/Temp Files could become full and reduce your computer’s performance indirectly affecting your Internet experience. Clean your computer with C-Cleaner at least once a week to keep your computer up and running also defrag your computer once in a while.  Do make sure that you use a modern browser and not an ancient artifact like Internet Explorer 6.

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Download CCleaner Here

#4. Upgrade your Router’s Firmware

Upgrading your Router’s Firmware seems to solve the problem for many. If you are a BSNL user, you might be getting redirected to a site to update your firmware often. Visit your Router’s Manufacturer website for more details.

#5. Check for Hidden Users

This doesn’t always happen, but if you have a WLAN Router it is possible for users outside your premises to access the Internet from your access point, if that’s the case they might be eating up your bandwidth which will result in sluggish internet on your computer. You can prevent this by changing your key to the access point every fortnight and using the strongest encryption method supported by your Router (usually WPA2, etc).

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There are a lot more tips you can find online, but I believe the once above will solve most of the issues you might face. Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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13 Comments to 5 Tips to make your I.S.P’s service better (by yourself)

  1. well these are some nice tips 🙂 but mostly for windows users not linux like me 😛 anyways, would like to extend point #1. Use Google open DNS ! it works 🙂

  2. Thanks for these great tips on making our Internet service better by ourself. I really did not know about OpenDNS or GoogleDNS, I will check that out. Thanks

  3. I can implement only single points from as mentioned above because I don’t access through router. secondly I am already using ccleaner as well as defraggler from piriform. Only have remained tweaking with DNS, so I am going to give it try right after posting this comment.

  4. most of the time i’m facing issues with my net connection hope these tricks work weel for me apart from first one i’m using rest four of them

  5. You have valid points there, but here, the biggest problem is the ISP itself. No matter if you get a new DNS server your ISP will be always on command of your internet connection. Let’s remember that most of the time the ISP let us in at their local area network thus giving access to the world wide web. Other than that things are under our control.

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