Disabling a specific protocol
Now that you have the list of installed and active protocols on your screen, you are ready to disable a protocol. To do so, just click the check box to remove the check. Then click the OK button and the protocol is no longer active on the network adapter.
You disable all protocols except for the TCP/IP protocol (also referred to as the Internet Protocol). Doing so will optimize your adapter for speed and security.
Be aware that if you remove the Client for Microsoft Networks protocol and the file-sharing protocol, you will no longer be able to share your files. Additionally, you will no longer be able to connect to remote computers to view their shared files.
Also keep in mind that if you have multiple adapters in your machines, such as a wireless adapter, a wired network adapter, and a dialup modem, you will have to repeat the preceding instructions for each adapter.
Tweaking your Internet connection for speed
Almost every computer user has different Internet connection conditions. Some users have very high-speed connections, while others have slow connections. Some users have high-speed connections using cable-based technologies, while others have high-speed connection through DSL-based technologies. On top of these differences, some are located farther away from their local network switching station than others and have a higher latency (delay) on their connections because of the distance the data has to travel. All of these different connection conditions make every user unique.
The TCP/IP protocol settings can be optimized for best speed under each of these situations. By default,Windows XP has these settings set in a "one size fits all" approach. As mentioned earlier, Windows has to be abstract in certain areas because of its broad user base. Because of this approach, many users can fine-tune their settings to be optimal for their connection conditions. Doing so will optimize the data transferred so your network connection will be more efficient, leading to high speeds.
With a little help from some fine online tools and software programs, you can test your Internet connection and decide what needs fine-tuning. The process of tweaking your Internet connection is not always easy, but it is doable.
Caution Before going any further, you are strongly advised to create a system restore point, so that if things go wrong, which is not very likely, you will have a backup.
The next step in the tweaking process is to get all of the software that is needed. The main software program that you will use is called CableNut, which is developed by CableNut Software and is available for free at www.cablenut.com. CableNut is a great program that allows users to edit their Internet settings easily. Visit their Web page and download and install the latest copy.
The type of Internet connection that you have determines what you will have to do next. Because the settings are the same for all 56K dialup connections, made from the calculator at www.j79zlr.com/cablenutXP2k.php called 56K_Cablenut.ccs. If you have a 56K dialup connection, you can skip the next section about calculating the settings for CableNut and jump to the next section using the file from the CD-ROM. Skip to the next section, Using CableNut to adjust settings, to find out how to apply the settings file to your computer.
In this tutorial:
- Speeding Up Your Computer
- Working with the Windows Prefetcher
- The registry to optimize the Prefetcher
- Accelerate specific applications with prefetch
- Using the Intel Application Accelerator
- How well does the Intel Application Accelerator work?
- How to install Intel Application Accelerator
- Fine-Tuning the Windows Paging File
- Disabling the paging file
- Adjusting the size of the paging file
- Changing the location of the paging file
- Defragmenting Your Drive
- Defragmenting the NTFS master file table
- Adjusting Your Application Priorities
- Using Task Manager to adjust priorities
- Starting applications with a user set priority
- Using WinTasks to profile your priorities
- Speeding Up Your Network
- Disabling unneeded protocols
- Disabling a specific protocol
- Calculating settings for CableNut
- Using CableNut to adjust settings