We have come a long way from the days of dial-up internet service. New technology increasingly allows you to search the internet with much greater speed. You can read our article on which ISP has the fastest internet if you want to see how yours stacks up.
A recent study shows U.S. broadband download speeds have increased by an impressive 42 percent rate in the first half of 2016 compared to July 2015. U.S. broadband customers are now experiencing an average of 50+ Mbps download speeds for the first time. But a feature in your operating system could be slowing you down.
A feature in Windows known as Window Auto-Tuning is limiting some people's internet speed. The feature has been around since Windows Vista and is still in the most current version of the operating system, Windows 10. It is intended to improve certain programs' performance that send TCP data over to the network.
The feature could be beneficial for some by optimizing the network. This isn't the case for everyone. If your internet speed seems slow you can try disabling Window Auto-Tuning for a speedier connection.
How to disable Window Auto-Tuning
• Tap the Windows key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys and hit enter.
• Confirm the UAC prompt that opens.
• Run the command netsh interface tcp show global.
This will show the configuration option settings. If Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level is set to normal, it's on. To disable it run the following command:
•netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
You will get a message that says OK. This means the new setting has been accepted and the feature has been disabled.
If you don't see an increase in internet speed you can turn the feature back on with this command:
• netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
Again you should see an OK message letting you know the setting has been changed. You can surf the net with both settings and see if there is a difference in speed.
If that still doesn't solve the problem, you may have another issue with your connection. Click here for three router tweaks that will speed things up.