Not all varieties of slowness are created equal. If computer-to-computer file transfers or web page loads are bugging you, consider focusing on your wireless network configuration instead of mucking about in Windows or inside your computer case. Here are some common ways to give your computer a boost by scrutinising the network side of the equation.
Get your traffic in shape
If you're up for some advanced network tweaking, consider traffic prioritisation for your router. Traffic prioritisation - aka traffic shaping - is a technology that enables you to tell your network to let one form of traffic have precedence over another. For example, you may want to give voice and video the highest priority, so your video calls go through with no lag and stutter, while giving e-mail and file downloads lower priority because they are less sensitive to delivery delays.
These days, more and more routers are adding Quality of Service features. Look for router models designed for gaming use or for 'experts' and then venture into the QoS (Quality of Service) settings in the product's configuration menus. True experts may also consider downloading third-party firmware for popular routers to add QoS feature support to their network routers.
- Speed up everything attached to your network
- Get your traffic in shape