How To Increase Your Internet Connection Speed in Linux

Open a terminal in Linux you can use the combo keys ( Ctrl )+( Alt )+( T )
Open a terminal for wireless enter iwconfig then hit enter. For wired eithernet enter ifconfig & hit enter.
This should display the hardware & location of = 
EX =

mi@Mint8-KDEX64 ~ $ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth2      IEEE 802.11  Nickname:""
          Access Point: Not-Associated
          Link Quality:5  Signal level:207  Noise level:166
          Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0

mi@Mint8-KDEX64 ~ $

So here you can see that my wireless adaptor is located @ ( eth2 )
YOURS MAY BE DIFFERENT SUCH AS Wlan0 OR WLAN1, note the location, keep the terminal open.
Then were going to Navigate Open the file as root user with your text editor(gedit,kate,leafpad,Ect. whatever your text editor may be for the relevant desktop version you are using ),The text file we are Going to open is /etc/rc.local
In the open terminal input, or copy & paste this code:

For Gnome
sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

sudo kate /etc/rc.local

sudo leafpad /etc/rc.local

Enter your password.(The cursor will not show you entering your password.) This should open the rc.local file as root in the text editor.
Add this exactly. to the end of the list replacing ( wlan0 ) with whatever is in your connection readout previously in the terminal you opened.

iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M

At The End your text file should look like this =

# By default this script does nothing.
iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
exit 0

Now save the file ( from the text editor drop down menu ) & close the Text editor. Now Close the Terminal.
By adding this to the end of the rc.local file, every time your computer connects to the Internet,It looks for the maximum speed that your connection offers.
Now You Must Reboot your Computer.
This works on all four of my systems I have modified, so far giving me the same speed that I get in Win.
I hope this works as well for you, Comments & suggestions are welcome, Have a Good Day,

Thanks to Jay514 LinuxMint Forum


  1. Well, possibly because you didn't explain where you got the '54M' from, my system got slower. I changed the local to '65M' since that was the only M number shown in iwconfig. After restart I checked it again and the bit rate was '1M'.

  2. rc.local file was opened, what i have to copy in that ? can any one help ?plz!!!!!!!!1

  3. Nice information. It's very useful tips to improve my internet speed. Now i have better internet speed. Finally i checked my internet speed using the site


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