How to Speed up My DSL Connection for Free

By Curt Lanning

Many people want to increase the speed of their DSL connection, but for free. You can always pay more to your subscriber to upgrade your service, but there are also free ways to increase your speed that are built into the Windows system itself. If you are willing to invest a few minutes of your time, you can increase your DSL speed by up to 25 percent.

Step 1

Right click on "My computer" and select "Properties" from the right click menu that appears. Next, click on the "Hardware" tab and then "Device manager."

Step 2

Wait for the device manager to load and then double click on the word "Computer." Find "View resources" and click on that once. Then scan the list of IRQs and the devices using them. When you find the IRQ number used by your network adapter, copy it down to a piece of paper so you'll remember it.

Step 3

Exit out of everything and click on "Start > run." Type in "Sysedit" in the run box and hit "Enter."

Step 4

Wait for the System Configuration Editor window to open, and when it does, scroll down in the window until you find the section that begins with "[386enh]." Once you've found that section, add the phrase "Irq[n]=4096" directly under it. Replace "n" with the IRQ number you copied down earlier, and replace "4096" with the number of RAM you want to reserve for this speed boosting function.

Step 5

Click on "File > save" and exit out of the System Configuration Editor window. Your RAM is now going to allocate more memory to your network card, which will speed up your DSL for free.

Tips & Warnings

  • 4096 is the recommended amount of RAM to allocate to your network card, but you can change this number to whatever works best for your system. Each system has different configurations and will respond differently to this tweak.
  • Please note that this method only works on PCs running Windows XP or later.