Surf The Internet Faster With These FireFox & IE Tweaks

Here’s a video of some tweaks you can do to increase your browsing speed. I tried it in FireFox and noticed a nice speed boost. Let me know if it works for you.

Source: Shawn Knight via IM.

76 thoughts on “Surf The Internet Faster With These FireFox & IE Tweaks”

  1. mubin says:

    Nice VIdeo.

    If anyone wants to download it you can use to download it directly from Youtube!

    I think this is the first time i have gotten the first comment in!

    1. Jauhari says:

      Wow nice tools.. thanks

  2. Michael says:

    Nice tip! It works great!
    My pages are so fast I don’t even see them anymore! πŸ˜‰

    1. Alex says:

      Wow, my FFox is flying ➑

      1. Alex says:

        For Firefox, they advise you to increase maxrequests from 4 to 10. Try putting 200, the difference is even greater!

  3. Leftblank says:

    Nice tips, but I’d personally prefer just a couple of written instructions – a video doesn’t quite make it easier…

    1. Tyler says:

      Sometimes a video shows something that is left out in words.


      1. Alex says:

        A picture is worth a 1000 words. How much is a video worth?

        1. blabWire says:

          One million dollars!


    2. Johnny says:

      yea..the video was kinda hard to follow. had to keep on pausing..but i wrote down the directions.

      1. type in the URL: about:config
      2. type in the filter: NETWORK
      3. double click on network.http.pipelining (double clicking will set it to true)
      4. double click β€œnetwork.http.pipelinging.maxrequests (opens up a window with value of 4). Set it to like 10
      5.type in and it should be faster!

      1. Gath says:

        Thanks for this – much faster than watching the video

      2. blabWire says:

        Thanks! Much easier.


    3. Dave says:

      I didn’t have too much trouble following the video myself…

    4. Marc says:

      Yeah but if you write it out then you can’t put it on YouTube and be like all the other cool kids πŸ˜‰

  4. Shawn Knight says:

    Hehe, sounds familiar… πŸ˜‰ Didn’t I send you that vid? heh

    1. That might not be the only way it sounds familiar. I made the same exact post yesterday here. Hey John … how about a credit link? ❗

      1. Dave says:

        I was thinking about this the other day actually, since I am still fairly new to blogging. It’s probably courteous to site your original source.

        That being said, John may have found it elsewhere πŸ™‚

        1. That is true, it could just be a curious coincidence.

          It is an interesting thing to discuss though (I’m pretty new to the blogging game myself). With so many blogs around, it’s pretty easy to be “inspired” by another blogger’s post … but yes, I think a link to the original source is the best way to spread the word, but still be true to the original poster.

          1. Aaron Cook says:

            Well, there’s absolutely no way to know where he originally came across it; the web is quite vast. Nonetheless, I do strongly believe in giving credit where credit is due and I’m pretty sure (hopefully) John stands by that as well.

            Though I have come across a handful people/blogs lately that mention “lack of credit” issues with him, so I kinda have to wonder. And while the application of Occam’s razor says one thing, I’m for now giving the benefit of the doubt. Either way, I there’s definitely a lesson to be learned.

    2. John Chow says:

      Yep. You sent it to me. πŸ™‚

      1. Yep … after he saw it on my site … as you can see by the comment he left on my post (linked above).

        It does get complicated when people send stuff around without sources, doesn’t it?

        1. derrich says:

          The Man of Silver ROXORZ!!!

          1. Heh heh … thanks πŸ˜†

        2. Shawn Knight says:

          hehe yep, got it from Man of Silver, ive been passing it around to my friends on AIM all day heh

          1. Alex says:

            Speed up your browser articles are all around the blogosphere

    3. Aaron Cook says:

      LOL, like they always say…The squeaky wheel always the grease! You’re listed as the Source now. πŸ˜‰

      1. Hmmm … maybe I need to be squeakier? πŸ™„

        1. derrich says:

          Steel gets squeaky too. Maybe you need a little oil. πŸ™‚

          1. John could provide some backlink “oil” πŸ˜‰

          2. derrich says:

            That sounds kinda…weird. 😯

          3. πŸ˜› … come to think of it, it does

            But you know what I mean πŸ™„

  5. Malin says:

    I didn’t notice anything actually :/

  6. Ronaldo says:

    Firefox did get faster, but I couldn’t find those Registry keys for IE. Maybe they are for IE 6 only?

  7. Great tips for Firefox. Definitely noticed a difference.


    1. Marc says:

      I’ve noticed a decent difference too. It is well appreciated.

    2. KidBlogger says:

      yep! It has a bit diff!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Oh man, definitely faster! HURRAY! Thanks, John!

  9. Abdul Aziz says:

    For those who want to increase their surfing/browing speed on their mobile device browsers like minimo, opera, netfront or even the built in web browser for Windows Mobile or Nokia S60 devices may want to try this:

    Please do let us know if it works for you.

  10. Chris says:

    I haven’t noticed any difference using the Firefox tip :/

    1. DanyO says:

      it’ll make a difference on pages with a lot of images or javascripts.

    2. KidBlogger says:

      like dany said.. diff on pages with images

  11. Scott says:

    Sweet. Nice tip. πŸ˜‰

  12. Dave says:

    Thanks for the tips, I’ll definitely give it a try.

    1. James says:

      And Dave pulls even. Will he take the lead?

  13. mao says:

    As everybody can guess, this trick simply make you browser faster by doing more requests at the same time:
    example: for this page you can make a request for the html thing, one for the css, one for each picture you see, etc.. If you can do only 4 connection at a time and you have 200 images, you can easily understand that you’ll have to wait that the first 4 download finish before starting the remaining 198. In a perfect world, it would be better to have 200 connection so you can “parallelize” all. On our world you there are more problems.
    – The Server: if everyone is doing it, we’ll have to queue up before seeing a page, just like you queue with ftp transfer. A server cannot handle thousand of people doing 200 connection at the same time.It’s better to load html first and maybe wait to see all the images on the page.
    – The client: this shouldn’t have big problems, but you are creating useless peak on your traffic just to see a page a split second before.

    I think no one should modify that number, at least not so freely.
    This should be some kind of kindness problem maybe.

    If you like my comment go to visit my blog. If you don’t like it go to my blog and insult me.

    1. mao says:

      Well forget my comment and go to read my blogpost:

      1. Marc says:

        That’s some really weird visit baiting…

        1. mao says:

          lol I did some research and I didn’t wanted to post it (only) here. Read it

      2. KidBlogger says:

        You really nailed it down!

    2. Scot says:

      I wouldn’t post this on a high-traffic blog for that exact same reason.

      Now all of John’s readers will queue up before the page loads πŸ™‚


  14. DanyO says:

    simple tips, but they work great. it makes a difference.

  15. Piggy says:

    hm doesnt seem to make that much of a difference for me

  16. Aaron Cook says:

    BTW, I failed to mention in my previous comment that it does indeed speed up the page load time on FireFox. I haven’t tried it out on IE yet, though. But seemingly good on FireFox.

  17. blogcrowds says:

    Saw this video on Metacafe 4 month ago now its on YouTube. The video made it to as well.

    1. KidBlogger says:

      is it allowed to do that?

  18. Pallab says:

    For Firefox : Instead of tweaking it manually download and install Fasterfox.

    In General : If you want fast browsing use the fastest browser – Opera. See this comparison of browser speeds.

    Also, one service that I had found very helpfull is OpenDNS. It reduces the time taken to resolve the domain name, thus reducing page load time.

    If you are on dialup and need to drastically increase speed, use Onspeed. It compresses data to increase loading speed (about 300% faster).

    1. Marc says:

      “download and install Fasterfox.”

      Why bother doing that? There’s nothing wrong with doing it manually. That just sounds cumbersome.

      1. Pallab says:

        If you want to do it manually, ideally you should apply all these tweaks.
        Actually Fasterfox does more than those mentioned in the above website.

    2. Scot says:

      Sounds like a technology AOL would be interested in :p

  19. Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  20. Dan says:

    Yep can’t find the registry entry using IE7, done a quick scan too and it’s not there. Thought it was gonna be a good tweak for my 56k pipe 😯

  21. G says:

    OMG great tip! thanks, now if there was a video that could make my powerbook and safari faster

    1. KidBlogger says:

      there is, on youtube

  22. Scot says:

    This is old news but it always works. Bravo.


  23. KidBlogger says:

    Nice video john! :mrgreen:

  24. Geiger says:

    In IE, changing MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server and MaxConnectionsPerServer will also let you download more than one file at once.

    Keep in mind as well, that your registry probably won’t have these values in them.

    I posted the reg file on my blog if you are interested.

    Odds are that John Chow fans prefer IE7 but there it is anyway πŸ˜‰

  25. Gath says:

    Def. notice the extra speed. And I need it most for this blog! It’s so slow to load with 80+ comments.

  26. Get the Faster Fox plugin. All of those steps were all ready done!

  27. Amanda says:

    A faster fox plugin? hmm where does one get this?

  28. Wow, this is great. I am surprised they don’t have this as a standard option like Fast Mode and Dial-up mode.



  29. Chris M says:

    Seen something similar to this before, did make a slight difference in the end.

    Thanks John!

  30. Had to consult the video a couple of times, but I finally got it. John the wonderworker — thanks, man! πŸ˜€

  31. I think it is a waste of time.

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