How to maximize your cable/DSL performance using Windows XP

by mcastellon on March 13, 2006

Here’s a handy guide to tweaking some Windows XP setting that should help you get the most out of your broadband connection:

  • In the “My Network Places” properties (right-click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connectionthen at the menu bar choose “Advanced” then “Advanced Settings”. Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for thebindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.
  • From the Windows XP CD in the support directory from the support cab, extract the file netcap.exe and place it in adirectory on your hard drive or even in the root of your C: drive.
  • Next, open up a command prompt window and change directories to where you put netcap.exe. then type “netcap/?”. It will list some commands that are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the bottom you willsee your adapters. You should see two of them if using a 3Com card. One will be for LAN and the other will be forWAN something or other.
  • Next type “netcap/Remove”. This will remove the netmon driver.
  • Open up Control Panel->System->Dev Man and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of them and one will have a yellow ! on it. Right-click on the one without the yellow ! and choose uninstall. YES! You are uninstalling your network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Do not restart yet.
  • Check your connection properties to make sure that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it. Now re-start the machine.
  • After re-start go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called “Local area connection 2”. Highlight the connection, then at the menu bar choose “Advanced” then “Advanced Settings”. Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.
  • Choose connection properties and uncheck the “QOS” box.
  • Re-start the machine. (thanks to tunexp for these steps)

It’s highly advised that you check with your ISP to make sure it’s Ok to self-bump your broadband speed. Some providers don’t like it when you do that.

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