While a VPN may improve your speed and security on public Wi-Fi, it’s not necessary to achieve low ping times. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best ways to reduce your ping so that you can enjoy your Internet connection without any interruptions.
Choose A Larger Buffering
Buffering is the process of storing data in the computer’s memory before processing, so that the data is ready to be delivered as quickly as possible. A smaller buffer size may result in occasional stutters while performing complex tasks like watching videos or playing games. If you’re experiencing these stutters, try increasing the buffer size as a first step in troubleshooting. Here’s an example of what a larger buffer can do for your speed (notice the improvement in the buffering effect):
Use A Fewer Tabs
Opening multiple tabs in your web browser may automatically increase your ping. This is because the multiple connections to the server increase the time it takes for the information to be delivered. To reduce your ping, you can either close the other tabs or move them to a separate browser window (preferably on a different device). Reopening the tabs after the initial connection takes place is often enough to send the information quickly without any additional delays caused by additional connections.
Reduce The Number Of HTTP Requests
Every time your device connects to the Internet, it makes a request to the website in order to download files or perform other operations. These requests increase your ping as they take time to process. You can use a VPN to make sure all your traffic is encrypted as it travels to and from the website, but this is not necessary as you can make a similar improvement without using a VPN by taking the following steps:
Use A Focused Browser Window
When you’re doing online research or shopping, you may visit a lot of different websites in the course of a day. Each of these websites has its own “home page” where you can view the contents and navigate to other pages within the site. Unless you’re intentionally searching for information on a certain topic, it’s best to avoid browsing in multiple windows as this will result in higher ping times as the information is not already in the computer’s memory. Instead, focus on one browser window and visit a small number of websites (optimize for those that are most relevant to your area of interest).
Use A VPN For Torrents (But Only When Needed)
Torrents are ideal for large-scale bulk downloads of music, movies, and other content. If you want to maximize your speed while using torrents, it’s best to connect to the VPN before starting your download. Once connected, you can then use the torrent application without any additional delays. This is because the VPN makes sure all the information being sent to and from the tracker is encrypted, ensuring a minimum level of safety for you and the people you’re sharing information with.
Using a VPN to improve your Internet speed is definitely a worthwhile endeavor, as long as you understand the different components that make up a VPN, how they work together, and what types of benefits they offer. Even if you decide to use a VPN in the future for other purposes, you’ll want to set it up in a way that’s easy to use and understand. That way, when it’s time to lower your ping, you’ll be able to do so without too many questions or problems.