Sunday, September 16, 2012

Get the most from your Internet service

Maximize your Internet experience.           
The equipment you use to access the Internet affects your Internet speeds. Find out how to maximize your online experience below.

Your Computer

Our Recommended System Requirements Your computer's processor speed (CPU), memory (RAM), operating system, and your browser all affect how fast your computer performs.

Processor Speed (CPU)
The faster the processor, the faster your computer runs. We recommend a minimum of 1.5 GHz for PCs, and at least 800 MHz for Mac.
Memory (RAM)
RAM is the temporary storage place your computer uses to do its calculations. The more RAM you have, the faster your programs run. We recommend at least 1GB for PCs and Mac. More is better.
Web Browser
We recommend using the latest version of your favorite browser.
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Optimize your computer's Internet connectionThe Comcast TCP Optimizer is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you make the most of your Internet connection by modifying your network settings. The Comcast TCP Optimizer is designed for Windows XP computers.

Remove Spyware from your computer
Spyware is a form of malware that transmits personally identifiable information from your computer over the Internet to another party — without your knowledge. What’s more, spyware can slow your computer down. Spyware is installed secretly on your computer when you surf the Internet.
Remove spyware from your computer by downloading and installing our Comcast Toolbar. This includes Spyware Scan, which provides you with spyware detection, cleaning, and quarantining capabilities.

Get rid of computer viruses
Included with the Constant Guard Protection Suite we offer the top-rated Norton™ Security Suite, which helps protect your computer from viruses, hackers, and online predators, and keeps your identity protected online.

Free up hard drive space Your web browser has a Temporary Internet Files cache, which contains a record of everything you’ve downloaded, such as images, web pages and cookies. This takes up space on your computer, and causes it to run slower. We recommend clearing your cache on a regular basis.

Run a Windows Defrag and Scandisk If you use Microsoft Windows, tune up your filesystem to ensure it’s running properly, with Defrag and Scandisk. Defrag defragments your disk, and organizes your filesystem to help Windows read files faster. Scandisk checks your hard drive to make sure it has no problems. We recommend running these two tools once a month to keep your computer running at peak speeds.

Your Modem

If your Internet connection seems slow, check to make sure you’re using a Comcast Approved modem. Ultra and Extreme 50 customers should use a DOCSIS 3.0 compatible modem. Then power cycle (reboot) your modem, which will also download any available updates.
Find out how to power cycle your modem. If you use a digital voice modem to access the Internet and make phone calls, here’s how to power cycle your voice modem.

Your Wireless Network Equipment

The three major wireless standards are b, g and n, with n being the newest and fastest. We recommend using an 802.11n-capable router as it provides the best coverage and fastest wireless speeds.

EasySolve - Free for XFINITY Internet Customers

Now you can download EasySolve, a troubleshooting application for XFINITY Internet. It optimizes your PC, provides outage resolutions and more, giving you a smooth Internet experience.

Download Easysolve now

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