January 08, 2008

Enable HTTP Pipelining in Firefox for a Speed Enhancement

Posted at January 8, 2008 10:49 PM in .

A coworker and I today were talking a bit about network optimization today, when the subject of HTTP pipelining came up. Something led to me looking up the subject on Wikipedia, where I discovered that pipelining is not enabled by default in Firefox.

Anyway, the folks at Mozilla have a wonderful pipelining FAQ as well as instructions for enabling pipelining in Firefox.

After enabling pipelining in Firefox, I was greeted by a very modest speedup of page rendering. It is pretty noticeable on sites that are heavy on the accessory files (graphics, javascript, css, etc).

So, if you want a quick speed boost, type "about:config" in Firefox's location bar and enable the "network.http.pipelining" preference.

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