As we know, there are a number of speed test tools available on the internet. India’s leading public telecommunications company BSNL has recently launched its own broadband speed evaluation platform. You can access this through the BSNL Speed Test Portal.

BSNL speed test tool enables its customers to check the real-time download and upload speed. This speed test from BSNL can be accessed from any device and its use is not restricted to the BSNL broadband speed test or BSNL FTTH speed test.

We can claim that this an exclusive internet speed test tool from India. Moreover, you can check your broadband bandwidth speed irrespective of your internet service provider.

It’s best to do the speed test intermittently, at least once in a month, to check whether you get the exact value of what you’re paying for.

In almost all the cases we are getting the positive result as claimed by the ISP. But sometimes we may get a poor result too. This may not be the fault of the service provider side.

Now you’re probably thinking what a bad result is, and whether there’s something you can do to boost your internet bandwidth.

It would be said that uploading / downloading speeds that are 30-50 percent below the actual optimum you pay for are a bad result, particularly when calculated during off-peak hours.

Contact your ISP and discuss how you can improve this situation. And yes, you can do something on your side as well.

Tips to improve internet speed

There are several things that have an effect on how fast or slow your internet speed is. Unfortunately, there are a few that you don’t have a direct influence on.

Here are some of the important factors that you have no control over the speed of the internet:

Throttling Bandwidth -Your ISP may throttle your bandwidth when you use Torrents, for example. Definitely, it reduces your internet speed

Distance from telephone Exchange-The more you live from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection speed.

Cable Internet-If you and most of your neighborhood have a cable (coaxial cable for TV distribution) internet access, please remember that you all share a bandwidth that can lead to reduced speed.

The following are the factors which are in your control and you can improve the speed of the internet by considering these factors.

What You Can Do To Speed Up Your Internet ?

Hardware – Your hardware could be the bottleneck. Your modem has a cache that can have an effect on its performance. To empty the cache, unplug the modem out of the power for a few seconds.

Be sure that your modem supports the performance speed that your network requires and that the cables are tightly attached and intact.

Wired and Wireless connection – In most cases, wired connections are better than wireless connections. You can also encounter signal distortion when using WiFi.

You can either readjust your router position or change your WiFi channel number to resolve this.

LAN Cable -Although the length of up to 50 m should be OK, try to keep the cable as short as possible. If you focus on a long cable, use a gigabit shielded network cable (STP Cat5e or STP Cat6). In any case, stop bending or stretching as both have an impact on performance.

Active Processes – Many applications use your connectivity to transfer data, track status, or download updates. You can manage which programs access the internet and consume the bandwidth by using a firewall.

Control Reservable Bandwidth-Windows reserves 20 percent of the bandwidth for automatic updates by default. You can decrease the amount and keep Windows processes from getting ‘special care.’

Enter > GPEDIT.MSC in Windows search.

In > Local Computer policy  >Expand  Administrative templates, click > Network > Qos Packet Scheduler and double-click > Limit reservable bandwidth.

It’s not configured by default. Click > Enable and set the limit of bandwidth (percentage) to 0.

In the end > Apply and restart your PC.

DNS Server -DNS servers from most ISPs are not very fast, so they will reduce your bandwidth. However, from OpenDNS or Google DNS, you can get free and very fast DNS server addresses

DNS converts the domain name to the equivalent IP address so that browsers can load any page you wish to use. This is how we use domain names like Google.com, but the browser needs an IP address for this name, so DNS is responsible for converting this name into an IP address.

BSNL recently launched the AnyCast domain name system for its Broadband and FTTH subscribers.BSNL AnyCast DNS address is 61.1.1.1

This latest BSNL Anycast DNS comes with direct caching and peering services with big websites such as-YouTube, Facebook, Google, and others so they can be loaded quicker. BSNL has already deployed alternative DNS 61.0.1.1, 61.0.3.3 and 61.0.2.2. Through its direct storage and peering capabilities, customers using BSNL broadband and FTTH will be able to access these pages pretty quickly.

Normally, the DNS translation of a website name to an IP address is performed on a 1:1 basis, called Unicast, where each node on the network has a specific IP address. This will lead to slower connectivity to popular pages, such as Google or Facebook.

AnyCast uses a number of methods to transmit data on a network. Instead of trying to connect to a particular node with your data, the request will be redirected to where the information is closest to you, minimizing the delay or time required for the data to travel between the node and the device.

AnyCast DNS allows someone out of a variety of possible DNS servers to connect with a client or user. Since a query can be sent to several DNS servers, any one of them, normally the nearest one, can respond in a short time, minimizes the time is taken to retrieve an IP address. This means that when you want to access a page, the conversion of the IP address is quicker and the page opens quicker.

Malware Protection-Check for malware to make sure your computer is not hacked. Worms will use your network to reproduce and therefore slow down your internet traffic. Using up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software to avoid possible infections.

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