Internet Explorer Connection Limit

Posted by Carson       Trackback

I prefer Firefox for most browsing these days but occasionally I still need to use IE.  Unfortunately, there is a hidden setting in IE that limits the number of simultaneous connections per website to 2!  That means if you need to download more than a few items from a particular site, you will have to wait until each one is done before you can download the next.  Fortunately this setting can be changed from within the Windows Registry.

 To update this setting, follow these instructions (use caution when editing registry values):

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt.exe)

2. Locate the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

3. On the Edit menu, point to New click DWORD Value, and then add the following registry values:
Value name: MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server
Value data: 10
Base: Decimal

Value Name: MaxConnectionsPerServer
Value data: 10
Base: Decimal

4. Quit Registry Editor

You may need to restart your computer for the settings to take effect, but usually restarting IE will be enough.

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