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I'm working on a shared 8mbps connection in a public place, and I'm only getting 10KB/s because I believe the network is saturated with the other users downloading.

Is there a way I can get a better connection speed for myself under these circumstances?

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This is better than your other question - thanks for making an effort - but please note that we do not accept re-posting the same question, even if the original is closed. I'll let it slip this once (and have deleted the original) but please don't re-post in the future. – DMA57361 Apr 26 '11 at 10:18
    
switch to linux – Shekhar Apr 26 '11 at 10:48
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@Shark: and how exactly would it help? – Siim K Apr 26 '11 at 11:06
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@Shark, Really? While Windows does have some background processes (windows update, etc) the effect is probably not enough to have an impact (and certainly not enough to warrant a OS change). – tombull89 Apr 26 '11 at 11:24
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There is nothing you can do except find another connection. – BBlake Apr 26 '11 at 11:51

You can't, really. However, there are some ways you could speed up your web browsing.

  • Increase the size of your browser cache - This will make loading web pages faster, because you're storing parts of the page on your computer rather than on the server
  • Install add-ons that will block ads and other unnecessary things, such as Flashblock and Adblock Plus.

Another option if you are in range of another public network but get a poor signal, is to build a Cantenna.

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I recommend the Opera browser. I have the same problem in third world countries. The newest, 11.11 has a turbo accelerator. After years of development, it finally works well. Also consider your own dns server if the dns is overloaded. There is a free windows product called treewalk DNS. You can install it on an old machine.

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