There are many speed up Vista Internet connection advise everywhere, however, most of the problems came from hardware incompatible, tweaking Vista will not help much in this situation. The first step before tweaking the network related settings is trying to test your hardware, I will show you how to do that with an effective tool from Microsoft.
The utility is called “Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool”, this tool will install itself on Internet Explorer, and you need Internet Explorer to use it. There are 5 types of connection tests will be performed:
Type #1 – Basic Internet Connectivity Test.
This is the most basic Internet connection you establish between your computer and your router. Without this I doubt that you can connect to any web site.
Type #2 – Network Address Translator Type.
This test the router ability to translate your private address into global connected address. Every router should have this, if not you should change your router.
Type #3 – Traffic Congestion Test.
If your router does not support Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN), your connection will drop dramatically when too many people share the ISP line at the same time.
Type #4 – UPnP Support.
Most modern router will support UPnP, if your test show otherwise, most probably you haven’t activated it. Login to your router and configure it accordingly.
Type #5 – Multiple Simultaneous Connection States Test.
This will open up to 80 concurrent TCP connections to the server for 2 minutes. If you fail this part, your internet connection is not reliable. Try another router or modem and test again, if the result is still failed, you need to tune up your Vista TCP connections.
These tests will help you to determine whether your router is functioning properly, you should change the router before trying any tweaks, unless your router is brand new!
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