Nowadays the world is dominated by the constant web surfing, as well as regular using and updating different applications. If your Internet speed is slow, you become irritated because your always-needlessly-double-clicking expectations aren’t what you have already paid for and your dreams of a good Internet service remain something unreal. In this article, a casual user will find useful tips for testing speed in general and how to test Internet speed on Mac in particular. Fortunately, you don’t need any special knowledge to use it.
1. Test your Internet speed
To make you fast Internet surfing real, you first need to check your Internet speed. The easiest way to do it on your desktop is to download the application to either your Mac or your mobile (http://www.speedtest.net/apps/mac). With it, you have to get your ping, download and upload speeds in a very short period of time, verify the speed, track prior test and share your results.
2. Use Helios LAN test
It is a professional tool for network administrators, software vendors, and casual users to test and measure the performance of AppleShare services. It is a reliable testing solution for Mac clients, where five different setups are available (from slower networks up to 40 Gigabit Ethernet).
3. Speed up your connection using iDoctor
One of the most powerful and popular resources for running speed test for Mac is iDoctor. This app will improve your Mac performance and optimize it the best way possible. You can be sure that it will turn your Apple computer or mobile into a fast and powerful machine. If you want to stop searching on Google “How can I boost my Internet speed?”, iDoctor might be the best solution to the problem.
4. Use an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi
When at home, some people prefer using Wi-Fi, but not everybody knows that it is better to use an Ethernet cable, which is much faster. Moreover, everyone who lives in an apartment with lots of neighbors is surely familiar with the poor performance that Wi-Fi sometimes gives. You should be aware of this fact and make your Internet speed faster in this very easy and simple way: just connect your Mac to the router using a cable.
5.Use Apps and Browser Tabs only when you need them
Almost for sure, you have in your Dock many Internet-related apps and browser tabs that you don’t open every day (Safari tabs, Mail, Skype, Reeder, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). They eat up your valuable bandwidth and lower your Internet speed. So, if you don’t have an extra-emergency case to use them, remove them from the Dock and open them only when you actually need them.
6. Use Safari as a web browser for Mac
Many people use Chrome or Firefox as a browser, but Safari is the one, which has been optimized especially for Mac, was tested many times, and also showed top results in many Internet speed tests. Hence, you are welcome to explore this free and available tool for making your web surfing faster.
7. Optimise, clean and reset Safari
As we’ve just mentioned, Safari is one of the best browsers available for Mac. From time to time, it does need a spring clean, though. Thus, it’s worth performing some simple maintenance tasks to keep it running well. In the Safari menu, open Preferences and go to the Privacy tab; click the Manage Website Data button and then choose Remove All to clear the history. Delete the Safari preferences file com.apple.Safari.plist in the ~Library/Preferences folder. Naturally, you’ll lose some settings, but the file will be recreated when Safari opens next time.
8. Make the best of your wireless router and configuration
Move the router to a central position in the house, if it is possible, or find the place where it does its best in emitting the signal. Then, in the browser address bar, type in the router IP address (by default, it should be 192.168.2.1) and explore the options of the menu.
- Go to System Preferences and choose Network from the Internet & Wireless You will see the basic status of your Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, such as whether it’s in use and connected.
- Click the Advanced button at the bottom right of the network preferences window to open the advanced options to see more information about the various settings.
- Check each tab on the top router menu. There are tabs for TCP/IP, DNS, WINS, 802.1X, Proxies, and Hardware. In the last section, it’s normally set to be configured automatically and should already have the optimal settings chosen for your network. Typical values that you might see are: speed: 100baseTX; Duplex:full-duplex, flow-control; MTU: Standard (1500).
9. Speed test apps for iPhone or iPad
In case you use iPhone, iPad or other Internet-enabled mobile Apple device, you will surely need some tools from Apple App Store to improve speed. As for iPhone, it is Ookla, as for iPad – Speedtest X HD for free. Another company looking to get in on the mobile Internet speed testing craze is Speed A.I.
10.Use the fastest ISP
It might seem like a common-sense advice, but if you really want the fastest Internet possible, then you need to arrange a suitable premium package with your Internet Service Provider. Check with your existing ISP if you’re eligible for an upgrade, or whether you can change your current package to a faster one. Otherwise, jumping ship to another ISP can often reap the rewards with special introductory offers and discounts.
The tips mentioned above will certainly help you to improve your Mac Internet speed. However, it is not the complete list of measures to help you. New – more effective and easier to use – apps and tools to run Mac speed tests appear every week. So you are welcome to surf the Web to find the solution most suitable for you.
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