Speeding Up Internet Access with Firefox

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I stumbled across a post earlier today, and I thought it was far too rich and useful not to share. This post isn’t for the faint hearted, as a wrong click on a configuration key not mentioned here could impair Firefox’s performance, or worse, stop it working completely.

By following these instructions, you agree I have no liability whatsoever if something goes pear-shaped because you clicked on something you shouldn’t have!

With that said..

  • In Firefox; navigate to “about:config”. Click the “I’ll be careful” button (last warning!). You’ll be greeted with a load of configuration options.
  • Set the following values for the keys specified (use the search box at the top of the page to find the key. Searching for “network.http.max” will return the top 3 keys).
    • network.http.max-connections-per-server: 25
    • network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy: 25
    • network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server: 25
    • network.http.pipelining: true (just double click where it says “false” to change it to true)
    • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests: 8
    • network.http.pipelining.ssl: true
    • network.http.proxy.pipelining: true

Setting these values alone, I saw a huge increase in how fast pages loaded. If you have any other tips for speeding up your Firefox, please comment! I’d love to know other people’s experiences using these, and any other methods (whether good or bad).

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