Boost Community College Campus Internet Speed By 7x

by Chad Agrawal

When you get hundreds or thousands of community college students surfing the web on the same community college campus, not even a T1 line will save your download speed.

And if you're using a WiFi network, forget it.

To avoid slow load times on campus when you're writing your transfer application to transfer from community college to Ivy League, keep reading.

However, there are a few ways that you can beef up the performance of your devices in order to improve download speeds, despite the limitations of the networks provided.

Here are just a few options that will allow you to take matters into your own hands.

How to Improve Internet Download Speeds on Your Community College Campus

Enable your 4G network

One option that is sure to gain popularity in the coming years revolves around devices that are compatible with a 4G network.

Many devices are now 4G capable, and thanks to expanding networks across the nation, these mobile gadgets can actually be used to their full advantage.

Of course, like any type of network that connects you to the internet, the more people that are using it in your area, the slower it is bound to go (although the bandwidth of the hub in your area also plays a role).

But since there aren't yet that many people utilizing 4G you can still use it to enjoy faster download speeds on smartphones, tablets, and even laptops that are properly equipped.

Just be aware that using 4G could suck up more battery life than 3G or WiFi.

Basic "Speed Demon" Tricks

The next thing you can do is conduct some basic maintenance on your device.

Over time, you're bound to download software and applications that launch when you turn on your electronics, and you might pick up tracking software, malware, and even viruses along the way.

All of these things can slow your processing speeds, even if you're the top student at community college.

In addition, the way that data writes to your hard drive can slow the works, as can the backups occurring with your internet.

While you can often set disc scanning programs to attend to these details on a regular basis, you might also want to try a few procedures that will clean up your hard drive and history for speedier service all around.

The first thing you can do is go into your start menu (for Windows) and type in "msconfig" in the search or run box provided. When you click the startup tab in this window you'll see a list of all the programs that auto launch when you start your computer.

You're likely to find several that you don't necessarily want running every time your computer is on, so all you have to do is deselect these programs in order to disable them.

You'll still be able to launch them if you want to, but they won't slow you down in the meantime.

Next you can set your antivirus software to run weekly or even daily scans to ensure that unwanted spyware, malware, viruses, and such aren't slowing your roll, and you can often use the tools provided to run disc defragmentation, as well, which cleans up and organizes your hard drive for speedier data recovery.

Lighten The Load For Your Browser (Or Just Use Google Chrome!)

Finally, you'll want to address your web browser.

By clearing cookies, caches, and history frequently you may be able to improve download speeds.

Although this will almost certainly impact the speed with which pages load (since information will have to be resent every time you delete this saved data), this can also help to stop tracking software the leads to redirects (a growing problem, especially on search engines).

You might also look for sites that offer quick downloads, like or others, depending on what you want to download.

But the network options you choose and the maintenance you run on your devices will likely deliver the greatest bump to the speed of your electronics.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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Devin October 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

I have never seen such good content online before. You have really earned my deepest respect. I have shared this with my friends because it deserves to be seen. You are truly a good writer.


Chad Agrawal October 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Thank you Devin. I appreciate it.


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