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Speed up your Internet for free

Speed up your Internet for free

Some of the most frequent questions I get are all about computer - or Internet - speed. Seems lots of folks don't care much for waiting, and waiting - and waiting some more - for the video to load, the movie to download or the upload to send. I don't blame them much. We've gotten so used to lightning-fast computers and Internet connections, it's easy to forget when an AOL photo download on a dial-up modem was an excuse to go get a fresh cup of coffee.

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But even now, sometimes the Internet can seem dreadfully slow. But before you commit to paying your Internet provider for a faster connection, let's see if I can help you speed up the connection you have right now.

Surfing the Internet is as easy as opening your browser and typing in a Web address, like my site at komando.com. In seconds, you're learning all sorts of great information or watching fun videos.

Of course, sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to pull up a website. There are plenty of reasons for slowdowns. It could just be you aren't getting the Internet speed your provider promised. Click here to see if that's the case.

If that's not it, there's other technical wizardry going on behind the browsing scenes that could be the culprit. There's one thing in particular that can give your Internet a real speed boost with little effort.

I'm talking about your DNS, or Domain Name System. If you're a longtime fan, you've probably heard the term before. But for everyone else, here's a quick explanation.

Next page: See how DNS could be the key to your faster connection
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