Wireless Internet connections in hotels are sometimes really slow because of heavy usage. You may notice that the Web pages are taking longer than usual to load. Since you are pretty much at the mercy of the hotel IT administrator for the modem and router settings, there is only so much you can do from your computer to improve and optimize the connection speed. Still, you may want to try a few techniques to give it a little boost.
Clear the cache in your Web browser. Launch Internet Explorer. Click on "Tools" and select "Internet Options." Click on the "General" tab. Hit the "Delete" button under "Browsing History." Check the boxes next to "Temporary Internet Files" and "Cookies." Click on the "Delete" button on the bottom.
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Increase the amount of disk space used by your computer to browse the Internet. Click on the "Settings" button under "Browsing History" from Step 1. Slide the bar all the way to your right to increase the amount of disk space for Web browsing. Click on "Apply."
Avoid multitasking. Close unused windows and programs on your computer. Certain programs, even when not in use, can consume Internet bandwidth to update new files or to execute program-specific tasks that requires an Internet connection. Also, multitasking can use more RAM, which may slow down your Internet connection.
Switch to a different Internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. (See Resources.) Both of these are faster than Internet Explorer in terms of browsing and download speed.
Restart your computer and reconnect to the hotel wireless connection. Sometimes a simple restart can boost browsing speed.
- SpeedUpNow: Boost Modem/Dial-up Speed
- Linux Information Project: How to Optimize Dial-up Performance
- Small Business Computing: Give Your Wireless Signal a Boost
- Microsoft Windows: Why Is My Internet Connection So Slow?
- Microsoft Windows: How and Why to Clear Your Cache
- Mozilla: Firefox Free Download
- Google: Download Google Chrome