This guide will teach any Firefox user how to use their “about:config” page to increase the page load times on a dial-up or broadband connection by using the rarely mentioned technology called “pipelining”. Pipelining will cause Firefox to override its default setting of loading one item on a page at a time and instead loads multiple items on the page simultaneously, ultimately speeding up your page load times in Firefox.

To enable optimum pipelining you will need to go to the about:config page by typing “about:config” into the address bar and then accepting the warning message.


Once you are in the configuration editing page you are then able to change the following items to enable pipelining, which in most scenarios will provide an optimum web browsing experience.


Type into the Filter bar at the top of the page the following text:



Once you have entered this text you will be faced with an array of values relevant to the network settings of Firefox. You will need to change the following values as shown below:

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to “a number between 20 and 40”

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Also, right-click anywhere in the white/empty area of the page and click “new/integer”

You must then name this integer as “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”

And give it a value of 0


Once you have completed all four of these tasks then you will be able to restart Firefox and you will notice instant increases in page load times (unless of course you are on a dial-up internet connection, in which case you may only notice a slight improvement).

Now you will be using a pipelined version of Firefox that will give you an advantage over all other web users in terms of speed, reliability and data integrity. Enjoy your newfound Firefox pipelining knowledge.