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Has your internet been abnormally slow lately? Many Beijingers have been experiencing slow internet connections especially when trying to access foreign websites. It does seem, however, that this issue has only affected certain areas of Beijing or certain ISPs. There are a few solutions that you can try to increase the speed of your internet or the access to certain blocked or slow websites.

DNS

Changing your DNS (Domain Name System/Servers) could potentially increase the speed of your lookups and provide access to sites that are blocked by your ISP. While the results are varied depending on your location, if you are experiencing slow internet it may be worth a try. Many will opt to use a Public DNS such as OpenDNS or Google DNS. Here is a link for you to find out more about Google Public DNS.

VPN

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs have become increasingly popular when trying to access sites that may be blocked or inaccessible. VPN has been traditionally used by universities and companies whose students or employees must access or send private data however many VPN hosts now provide services for individuals. Most people who use VPN will have their preference of which one works the best. To help you make the decision, Lifehacker put together a list of their top 5 here (http://lifehacker.com/5487500/five-best-vpn-tools).

(Blog contributed by TheBJReviewer on May 26, 2011)