Are there any free web accelerators for dial-up still around

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  1. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    I checked the ones a Wikipedia but none of them are exactly right. I'm looking for a free one that compresses images especially. The web accelerator we've had for a couple of years through our ISP quit working so we had to drop it, plus I was getting tired of paying for it when it didn't work half the time anyway. :)
     
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    Would one of the good download managers, like FDM, do the trick? I've got a good DSL connection now, which can often get me up to 1.5 MB/sec for largeish downloads, so don't use FDM that much any more, but found it almost indispensable back in my dialup days.
     
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    With dialup, the issue isn't making it faster. It's making the most efficient use of the bandwidth you have. Until about 5 years ago, I used dialup internet. At best, I got 45K speed. The connection had a one hour time limit after which I was disconnected. A download manager that could resume after a disconnect was a necessity. I had excellent results with Star Downloader. I once downloaded an entire Knoppix Live CD using it with dialup, running it only at night.

    The next most important asset is an ad blocker and the ability to disable flash. Most pages load quite well with the ads blocked and flash on a "click to play" restriction. Beyond these, the biggest thing that's changed that affects browsing speed is all of the excess javascript and the trackers most pages include. Utilities or browser extension that can control connections to additional sites and selectively kill javascript will also speed up browsing.

    You can also gain some minor improvements in speed by blocking or disabling the internet access of other apps and system components that consume bandwidth but give little in return. Every little bit helps.
     
  4. thanatos_theos

    thanatos_theos Registered Member

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    What browser are you using? You can use Opera Turbo in Opera or you can use Chrome and install the data compression proxy addon.

    www.opera.com/computer
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...jfiodhbiellfpcjjedhmmmpeeaebmep/details?hl=en
     
  5. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    The kind of accelerators I'm talking about are ones that compress mainly images, but some compress text too. I think the commercial ones may compress email and file downloads (our old one didn't though), but I'm almost certain no free ones do.

    I tried Opera Turbo and it's not very good. I think it compress a little but not enough to make a difference on dial-up. The data compression extension for Chrome looked promising until I tried a lot of different pages and most of them couldn't load using the compression proxy. It does seem a lot faster than Turbo though.

    I think I'm just gonna give up. I've got the bandwidth conserved to the hilt already. The only thing I've tried that actually helps dial-up is a good web accelerator, but dial-up is going obsolete. A few years ago it was still viable but web content has gotten so massive it's not really doable anymore.
     
  6. thanatos_theos

    thanatos_theos Registered Member

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    Have you tried using Chrome Dev with the addon? Do note it doesn't compress on https.

    Perhaps you can ask Opera devs to add Opera mini mode aside from Opera turbo in Opera for PC. I believe Turbo doesn't compress on https also.

    https://bugs.opera.com/wizarddesktop/

    You can try running Opera mini on an emulator. If you encounter an issue with a site, report it to Opera.

    http://arpitnext.com/treyharuhite-has-asked-that-how-to-use/
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/Opera-Mini-PC-Edition.shtml
    https://mini.bugs.opera.com/
     
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