How to Make a Dial-up Connection Faster for Free

By Greyson Ferguson

Increase your Internet connection speeds.
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Dial-up Internet has been around for years and is one of the slowest connections possible. However, there are a few ways you may increase the connection and ensure you are obtaining the fastest Internet speed possible. Most of these fixes are all done without paying any money to boost the connection speed.

Make sure your modem is a V.92 modem. As of 2010, this is the latest dial-up modem available (it made its debut in 2006) and provides a faster data-compression rate than the older dial-up modems.

Delete unused programs from your computer. If the hard drive is nearly full, the Internet connection slows down. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Programs" or "Add or Remove Programs," then select the programs you don't want and click "Remove."

Run an antivirus program scan. These detect any malware or viruses on your computer, slowing down the system. If you don't have such a program on your system, you may obtain a free program from the CNET antivirus page (see Resources).

Connect a headset to the dial-up modem you are using to connect to the Internet. These modems have a headset jack (the same found on MP3 and CD players). If you hear static while connecting to the Internet, your connection is not secure. Contact your phone company and inform them of the problem. The company is capable of correcting the problem without a charge to you. This increases the speed of your Internet connection.

Click "Start," "Control Panel" and choose "Modems." In the Modems window, click "Properties" and find the dial-up connection speed. Often, the speed is not set to maximum (a default so your computer does not crash from the increased speed). Slide the connection speed bar up to maximum to obtain the fastest speed possible.

Items you will need

  • Modem V.92

  • Headset


Clear out the browser history and cache folders through the "Tools" menu on your Internet browser. Removing the built-up folders greatly increases the connection speed.

The latest web browser versions are typically the fastest. Navigate to the Internet page for your web browser and download the latest version for free.