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Old 03-17-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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Web browsing on high-latency, high-speed connections

Hi. I found lots of information explaining this problem on the Internet, but not much by way of advice or solutions. I work for a small sat Internet business servicing very remote locations, and we have a lot of systems that are high-bandwidth, but bad latency (>= 1400 ms). Customers ask me me what they can do to make their Internet "faster", but what they really mean is they want pages to load faster. We can't change the infrastructure or the laws of physics, but I was wondering if there was anything I could suggest to them that might improve the experience on the client side to at least ensure that page loads are as close to the minimum 1400 ms as possible. In practice, the more complicated Web sites (like news sites) can take 5 seconds or more to load because of having so many distinct page resources.

I suspect Web browsers are optimized pretty well these days for content caching, but I was wondering if there are browser or system tweaks that would be helpful. My first thought was to try (in Firefox) changing the number of "network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server" to a lower or a higher number, to affect connection-related delays, but I didn't see significant improvements in any of my tests. Anyway, I'd appreciate any thoughts from people who might have studied out this question.
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Modern pages are full of junk. Modern OS's are constantly using up data.

Since we can't change the way radio waves travel the next best thing is to limit all un-needed or less than needed traffic.

A simple wireshark capture of network traffic will lead you to some useless data.

Going to the browser next will most likely return better speeds. I used to block things like images when I was on dial up. You can still do that but include a good hosts file or other means to stop useless ad's. Blocking scripts is a winner too.

In some cases you can set how your browser reports to the web site. Some can offer anything from no flash or even mobile web pages.


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