CPU speed and Internet speed

It is strange to see intelligent people, who have been using the internet for many years discuss about the unrelated connection between CPU speed and internet speed. Nobody bothers about the efm line, an affordable leased line technology bringing mission critical connectivity within the reach of small business. To add to the confusion, some so called pundits also declare cable that brings internet to homes and offices from the nearest hub as a potential threat as it contains harmful and life threatening electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Boosting computer speed by increasing CPU speed

Let us discuss about CPU speed, and how it actually improves the overall performance of the computer by increasing the number of mathematical calculations that the central processor unit can crunch per second. For the uninitiated, even high voltage power cables emit EMF if not shielded properly. Even normal home wiring produces magnetic fields, making them potential EMF emitters.

What is CPU speed?

Measured in Hz (hertz), the CPU speed is the capability of the central processing unit of the computer (called in simple terms as processor) to generate a set of instructions that runs computer programs. Modern generation processors run at such high speeds that scientists calculate their speed in GHz (gigahertz). One gigahertz is equivalent to one billion cycles per second.

Two ways of increasing CPU speed

You can speed the number crunching speed of the computer by increasing the speed of its CPU by increasing its base clock frequency or increasing its multiplier through a process called overclocking. To do this, the nerd connects certain points of this electronic device with silver or lead lines. However, this is beyond the scope of the majority of individuals. The only alternative to increase speed is by replacing the current CPU with a faster one, if the base supports it.

Who needs quick internet?

Everybody needs quick internet, as the speed their ISP (internet service provider) provides never satisfied them, and they want higher speed to enjoy streaming audio and video, as well as download stuff faster. However, increasing the speed does not make any difference if the CPU and the RAM do not have the capacity to process the incoming data if it surpasses a speed that it cannot handle.

What are the benefits of quick internet?

The reality is that nobody needs quick internet for his or her normal online activities. By quick, we mean speeds above 100MBps, typically in the range of 1GBps (one Gigabyte per second), through which one can download a DVD in a few seconds. However, this is of no use until the configuration of your computer can handle such speeds.

What makes internet fast?

You should be aware that you are probably not receiving the speed delivered by your ISP because of factors like:

- Ability of the slow speed clock speed of the CPU and ROM in your computer to receive, process, and decode blazing fast signals delivered by your ISP

- The hum (EMF) emitted by unshielded electric cables and other electronic gadgets in your house

- Move your computer away from power lines and other electronic gadgets in your home to increase internet speed