Thursday, January 11, 2007

Internet Explorer Max Connections

Here is a good tip if you get what the title means, as you would know that IE limits you to 2 connections per server. That can be rather annoying if you plan to download a series of files from 1 server. For example say a manga series. You'll only be able to download 2 files at a time and wait till 1 is finished then start another. This can be quite annoying at times especially if you're downloading the 2 files and try to attempt to browse to other pages on the same server. It won't work!

This also applies to loading of images in a page. With the maximum of connections per server, when you browse sites with heavy picture content, IE will only load pictures 2 by 2.

Good thing is, there is a solution to that. We can change that maximum connections to 10 instead of 2. I'm not too sure if its possible to go higher than 10 but it still is better than 2.

Here's are the steps listed on how to change the number of maximum connections to 10.
  1. Click Start -> Run

  2. Type "regedit"

  3. On the left hand side, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

  4. Create 2 new DWORD values by right clicking -> New -> DWORD Value

  5. For the first DWORD Value, use the name "MaxConnections Per1_0Server" and the second "MaxConnections PerServer"

  6. Once created, right click on each of the value and click "Modify"

  7. Click the "Decimal" radio button and enter the value "10"
From now on, you can have a maximum of 10 connections to a server. Web pages should load a lot faster than it was previously. Apparently, it is said that this modification also work for Mozilla Firefox. This is because Mozilla uses the same Internet Settings registry thus this should also work for it.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Broken Internet Line... Sigh

In the recent earthquake off the shores of Taiwan, several Asian countries were plunged to pre-Internet days when one of the underground cables were severed in the quake. Almost all sites in the US, Europe, Hong Kong and China were inaccessible.

Though it is claimed that Internet has been restored by rerouting traffic to other cables and satelites, some of us still have trouble getting into any of the websites not local to Asia. Some may be able to access the web sites but the latency is way high. A ping to showed up at 800ms and some timed out.

Officials at Taiwan has confirmed that ships has been sent out to rectify the problem. However it is said that the task will be time consuming as the ships will only arrive at the location at about yesterday(tuesday).

By the way, these cables are worth billions of dollars and are often longer than 11000 miles in length, so imagine how difficult it must be to find the damaged area. Could you even imagine living without the internet nowadays?