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Change this one setting to get faster internet speeds

Change this one setting to get faster internet speeds
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Have you ever been frustrated by slow Wi-Fi connections? You pay a boatload of cash to your internet security provider and then the Wi-Fi is spotty and slow. It can be really frustrating.

There are many things that could be causing delays in your connection speed. We'll go over each of these things at the end of the article, but for now, we're going to focus on your DNS, or Domain Name System.

What's that, you ask? A DNS is essentially a map of the internet. Think of it like a road map, with all of the web addresses you frequently visit, and millions more that you don't.

When you sign up for internet, your provider assigns you to its DNS server. However, that isn't always the best one to use. It could be bogged down with traffic, running inefficient software or any number of other problems.

If your computer can't look up IP addresses quickly, it seriously slows down your browsing. Fortunately, there are other DNS servers out there you can use.

Keep in mind that speed isn't the only reason to choose a new DNS. Many DNS systems include filtering to block inappropriate websites or other sites you don't want to see. OpenDNS is one of our regular recommendations for filtering.

How to switch to OpenDNS

1. Pull up Network Connections by right-clicking on the Start menu.

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2. You'll see your current network; right click and choose Properties.

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3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.

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4. Check Use the following DNS server addresses.

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Type the following addresses into the preferred and alternate DNS server fields:


After some quick troubleshooting, you should have a pretty good idea as to what's causing your slow connection. So, here's how you can solve each possible outcome.

Router problems: Replace an old, outdated router with a new one. New models are more efficient and can produce a stronger signal. Here are 10 of our favorites to choose from.

Dead zones: Use a Wi-Fi extender to increase the range of your router throughout your entire home. With Wi-Fi extenders, you can increase your internet speeds for around $50. Click here to learn more about how they work, and see one of our favorite models.

Connection speeds: If your internet service provider is found to be the source of the slow speeds on your network, you have a few options. One, you can talk to them and see if another plan that they offer would better meet your needs. Or two, you can switch service providers altogether. A different provider may have a better infrastructure in your area.

Thieves: The easiest way to prevent thieves from accessing your network is to secure your network with a strong firewall and password. Here's how you can find your router's current password and change it. And here's a free firewall you can download to keep unwanted guests out.

Psst... Want more network tips? Click here for more ideas to boost internet connection speeds throughout your home.

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