There’s nothing quite as annoying as a slow Internet connection, especially when you’re trying to get work done. Sometimes, the speed of the actual connection is out of your hands–your cable or satellite company can’t speed anything up, or your employer is too cheap to spring for a T1 line. Nevertheless, you’re never helpless. Here are four things you can do to make working on a slow Internet connection much easier.
1. Only open one page at a time. If your Internet connection is trying to access multiple pages at one time, you obviously have a worse chance of accessing any of those pages. Tone down the multitasking and only approach one page at a time, waiting patiently for each web page to load. As frustrating as this may be, especially with very slow connections, it’s the fastest way to get anything done.
2. Use the simplified versions of web pages. The simplified versions of various websites will leave out images, flash animations, and other bandwidth-heavy website elements. Many major websites have simplified versions, but if you can’t find one for your favorite websites, use Firefox add-ons like Flashblock and Ad Block to stop images and movies from loading automatically on web pages that you visit. These add-ons can easily be disabled, if desired, when your Internet connection speeds back up.
3. Avoid websites with logins. Since login websites are likely to log you out if your slow Internet connection is turning on and off, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle and frustration by avoiding them altogether. Use Microsoft Word instead of Google Documents, for instance, and try to do work using non-login websites until your Internet connection speeds up (or until you can get to a different Internet connection). If you must use websites with a login while your Internet connection is slow, be patient. Clicking “login” twice will only send the command twice, costing you more time rather than less time.
4. Don’t act frustrated. If you’ve got a habit of clicking the mouse, reloading pages, etc. when your Internet connection is slow, realize that those habits aren’t helping anything. In fact, they might cause pages to load slower, and they’re certainly not going to speed anything up. Relax while surfing on a slow connection; get some tea, have non-Internet tasks going on the computer at the same time, do anything to avoid your typical habits.
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