Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Speed up Firefox by increasing the pipeline.

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From every browser a specified or default number of connections known as pipelines go out to Web servers to download a page. By increasing this you can experience a slight increase in your browsing speed but it can increase load on servers if you're too greedy. If you think that's not your problem, think again as many sites (and rightly so) are banning users that have several pipelines above the default specifications. The difference in speeds of browsers with default and enchanced number of pipelines is sufficiently high when viewing graphic-heavy sites. But remember, this cannot give you a higher bandwidth than what your line is capable of, it just sends more requests at once to download. Watch out on shared bandwidths such as your own office, you could hog it quite a bit. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Type about:config into your location bar and hit Enter.

Step 2: In about:config, type network.http. A list will appear.

Step 3: Double-click inetwork.http.pipelining setting to change it to true.

Step 4: Double-click the network.http.proxy.pipelining setting to change it to true. (This'll only matter if you're behind a proxy)

Step 5: Double-click the network.http.pipelining.maxrequests setting, and in the text box that appears, type in 2, 4 or 6 and click OK. Yes, you can type in 100, but it would only be foolhardy.

In case your performance drops then you know some of the sites you are surfing have banned you for using more than the default pipelines. Just revert back to the previous settings and you should be ok. Fasterfox extension also does the same, but now since you have this that extension would be an excess baggage.

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