How to Increase Download Speed in Firefox

By Dave Boesen

Having a faster Web browser will also mean not only that you can download files much faster, but also you can pull up Web pages faster too. Inside Firefox is a multitude of options available to you. By understanding these, you will unlock faster downloads and rendering speeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Firefox Version 3 and up

Adjusting the Config File

Step 1

Start up Firefox.

Step 2

Type "about:config" in the address bar. Hit Enter.

Step 3

Click on the "I'll be careful, I promise" button.

Step 4

Type "network.http.pipelining" in the filter bar. Press Enter. Double-click the line to set the value to "True."

Step 5

Type "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" in the filter bar. Press Enter. Double click this line and set the value of this to "8."

Step 6

Type "network.http.proxy.pipelining" in the filter bar. Press Enter. Double-click the line to set the value to "True."

Step 7

Type "network.dns.disableIPv6" in the filter bar. Press Enter. Double-click the line to set the value to "True."

Step 8

Right-click anywhere in the about:config window and select "New" then "Boolean."

Step 9

Type "content.interrupt.parsing" in the box provided and click "OK." Choose "True" for the newly entered value.

Step 10

Right-click anywhere in the about:config window and select "New" then "Integer."

Step 11

Type "content.max.tokenizing.time" in the select box and click "OK." Type "2000000" in the select box and click "OK."

Step 12

Right-click anywhere in the about:config window and select "New" then "Integer."

Step 13

Type "content.notify.interval" in the box provided and click "OK." Type "750000" in the select box and click "OK."

Step 14

Right-click anywhere in the about:config window and select "New" then "Boolean."

Step 15

Type "content.notify.ontimer" in the box provided and click "OK." Choose "True" for the newly entered value and click "OK."

Step 16

Type "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" in the box provided and click "OK." Type "0" in the select box and click "OK."