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How to: Speed up your home network

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Learn how to speed up wired and wireless networks, identify and manage bottlenecks and get everything running like clockwork

Step 3. Next, check your router firmware is up to date; updates often provide performance improvements and smooth out glitches. Check for updates at the router manufacturer's website and initiate the firmware update using your router's web administration panel. This could produce a noticeable speed boost.

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Step 4. Windows 7 features a dedicated Network and Sharing Center where you can get an overview of your system's wireless connection status, see a map of connected devices - a potentially useful feature that could help you quickly identify which one is sucking all the bandwidth - and initiate a troubleshooter.

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Step 5. Now try adjusting the network card's auto-negotiating setting. In the Control Panel, click Network and Sharing Center, Change Adapter Settings, then right-click on your Local Area Connection and select Properties. Go to the Connect Using field and tick Configure. Select Advanced. Set ‘Speed & Duplex' to its highest available setting.

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Step 6. Vista often throttles your network connection when playing movies. To adjust this, press Windows, R, type regedit, Enter. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile key. Enter a higher decimal value under ‘NetworkThrottlingIndex'.

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