Dealing with a slow Internet connection

Vacation isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes you need to work. But when you’re stuck at a hotel or resort with a slow Internet connection, this can be challenging. Thankfully, the Lifehacker Web site offers some easy tips for working with a sluggish Internet connection.

Apps, plug-ins

Sometimes, plugins and apps hog your bandwidth. Turn off these features. You can even try installing such programs as AdBlock Plus or FlashBlock. Lifehacker says that these programs can block bandwidth-hogging ads and videos.


When you’re experiencing a slow Internet connection, it’s time to adjust your surfing habits. Check out the mobile versions of Web sites. Disable all images. And don’t attempt to watch streaming video or download TV shows or movies.

Be smart

Lifehacker advises, as well, that you re-think the way you work. If you are coping with a slow connection, handle those jobs that don’t need a lot of bandwidth, such as sending Word documents to co-workers or answering e-mails. Save the more bandwidth-intensive jobs – such as editing photos and downloading videos to Web sites – for those moments when your Internet speed isn’t as lethargic.