When it comes to web browsers, each of us has their favorite. If Firefox is yours then there is good news for you: Fasterfox. No, it's not an alternative Firefox, it's an extension meant to increase Internet connectivity performance for your web browser.
If you have a slower Internet connection or your daily work depends on web surfing, you certainly remember those troublesome web pages with lots of images or data that take a bunch of time to load. Well, Fasterfox promises to help up with their load time. It actually allows you to configure your network and rendering settings so you get more out of the web surfing experience.
Its main perk is that it lets you adjust the connection preferences and decide the number of maximum connections per server or maximum persistent connections per proxy. This is vital if you want to increase the number of items to be downloaded simultaneously. To get that all you have to do is to adjust the maximum number connections Firefox makes to each server and the download time will decrease drastically.
To improve connection speed even more you can configure Fasterfox to use pipelining and send multiple requests to the server before receiving responses to previous requests. Adding more pipelining requests will provide genuine speed improvements so you don't want to miss that!
Another useful thing is that Fasterfox allows you to enable an enhanced prefetching function that utilizes idle bandwidth to silently download and cache links so that they will be available for you by the time you decide to click them. As tempting as this may sound you should use the feature with care, especially if you are not particularly accustomed with web surfing, and that is because prefetching acts as if you were actually clicking on a link; some of them could take you to undesired content or even pose a threat to your computer.
If you use the Go Back function frequently then you should definitely enable FastBack, it will keep any number of web pages in memory for you to access as soon as you hit Back of Forward. You should also increase the memory cache capacity and disk cache capacity so the browser won't re-download recently browsed information. Alternatively, increase the DNS cache expiration so you avoid unnecessary DNS queries that will only decrease web surfing performance.
The application comes with a series of presets designed to help beginners improve their web surfing performance without making the adjustments themselves and a page load timer to help you notice the improvements due to the extension. Fasterfox is easy to install and customize and rises up to the expectations, so again, if you are a Firefox fan you must give it a try and see what it does for you.