- Print out these instructions before you begin the install process.
- BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD: QSpeed Accel only works on Windows 98 SE and above. If you are not sure what version of Windows you have, please call Tech Support and have them help you find out. QIS.net is not responsible for any damage done to a computer running Windows 95 or 98 First Edition by QSpeed Accel.
- Download the QSpeed Accel client from here then open it when prompted to do so. If "Save the file to disk" is your only option, then do so and note where the file was saved. Next, open the program from within that directory by double clicking on the file named accel.exe. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the rest of the installation process.
- When prompted, use the same username and password that you have been using to retrieve your email or log into the QIS.net network.
- The installer will automatically configure Internet Explorer. If you use Mozilla or Netscape, you must manually configure your browser as follows:
- Open the browser. Go to Edit, then Preferences.
- Double click on Advanced in the left pane.
- Click on Proxies in the list under Advanced.
- Select the radio button for Manual Proxy Configuration.
- For HTTP Proxy, enter "localhost" (no quotes), and set the port to 5400.
- Click OK.
- Now, you may use your accelerated dialup just as you would your old connection, with the exception that pages will load faster!
Adjusting PreferencesIn order to tweak the effectiveness of the accelerator, you may access its settings by right clicking on the QSpeed Accel icon in your system tray (near the clock) and selecting Settings from the menu that appears. The most effective setting can be adjusted is the Image Quality. The higher the image quality, the longer it will take to load images due to their size. QSpeed Accel allows you to tell the system that lower quality images will be accepted to speed up page loading. This will not affect the look of most sites. However, if there are sites that you wish to view completely unaltered, you may add them to the Proxy Exclusion list. This list can be found on the Features tab, at the bottom. Of course, any page in this list will not be accelerated.
View StatisticsIf you are curious about how much QSpeed Accel is speeding up your connection, you may view the statistics by right clicking the QSpeed Accel icon in the system tray, then selecting Statistics from the menu. This will show you the size of the pages you've accessed as well as the savings ratio, or, in essence, how much QSpeed Accel has shrunk the pages.
How Does It Work?
QSpeed Accel uses a couple of different methods to speed up your web connection. First, it maintains a local cache of images and other objects that you frequently access. When your browser requests these objects, the accelerator notices that it has stored them locally, and returns the copy you already have, eliminating the need to download the object again.
In addition, when an outgoing web request is sent, QSpeed Accel intercepts it and sends it to our acceleration servers. These servers download the page at high speed, compress it to a smaller size (and thus a faster download), and adjust the images according to your preferences. Next, our acceleration servers send the compressed page to the QSpeed Accel client located on your computer, and then the client uncompresses the page and forwards it to your browser.