BGAN Optimization Rule #5 – Browser Optimization
Choose the right browser – Laptops
Smart devices – iPhones, iPads, Android phones
Smart devices can download the Opera Mini browser that has the wonderful feature of low-bandwidth configuration. There are settings inside the Opera Mini browser that resample images and make them smaller. Take some time to learn the optimization functions of this powerful browser. If there were ever a browser made for BGAN use, Opera Mini has our vote.
Install Ad-Blocking Software for Web Browsing
Another line of defense is installing ad-blocking software on your laptop or device. Many of today’s websites are ‘cramming’ ads and other java scripts that are making website page sizes two to 20 times larger than the content you’re interested in reading/viewing. A few animated .gifs or video ads can blow through megabytes.
There are a lot of popular programs out there for laptops and smart devices and it’s worth a few dollars (to save on many more $$ spent on BGAN service), by using good ad-blocking software. We recommend a program like Adblock Plus.
Turn Off Browser Images (Optional)
While the QuickJava option (shown above for Firefox) lets you toggle images on-and-off at the click of a mouse, an alternative uses your preferred browser to turn off images from downloading.
The configuration is different for each browser, but for Internet Explorer, click on the ‘Tools’ menu option and select ‘Internet Options’. From the window that appears, select the ‘Advanced’ tab. There are a host of things you can turn off, but the most important one is about two-thirds of the way down. Uncheck ‘Show Pictures’ and then click ‘Apply’.
Images are only part of what is being downloaded from any web page and we do recommend using QuickJava Add-On with Firefox for the best results.