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September 17, 2006

How to Test Google Web Accelerator

Google Web Accelerator is a software that accelerates page load times. It prefetches some of the pages and uses Google servers to retrieve data faster.

If you have the program, you must be wondering if it's really working well. Google displays the amount of time Google Web Accelerator saved, but this is an aggregated value.

But there's a way to see how fast Google's accelerator is: go to this page, called Google Web Accelerator IFrame Racing (it works only if you have the software) and enter a URL. The upper iframe shows the optimized loading, while the other iframe shows the standard loading.

If you want to load a page directly, without the accelerator, add after the domain name: instead of type


  1. Back when it was first released, it better than doubled the speed of my Firefox/Sage rss roll. But I uninstalled it months ago when they had some server problems that slowed some sites down to a crawl.

  2. #1, I am rodents, and I am really sick because I updated to the new blogger and now can't login through this

    #2 - i love accelerator and all but I am having too many issues with it, it does load images so darn quick, on the second side it did make some pages slowly crall, and it kept re-loading from its cache even after i press ctrl+f5, and whatnot.. so i just lost patience..

    that race thing is pretty darn cool

  3. Ionut, just a couple questions, please:
    a) Do you regularly use Google Web Accelerator?
    b) If so, do you find it effective?

    I tried using it before but I didn't notice any improvement...

    BTW, I'm on winxp, firefox, cable modem, with firetune (firefox accelerator) installed.

  4. What about the privacy issues? Are they fixed yet?

  5. What privacy issues? There's no privacy :) It's similar to using Google Toolbar with PageRank enabled. Every visited page is sent to Google. Here's more about privacy issues.

    I've been using GWA since yesterday, and it's pretty good: some of the pages load faster, other pages load slower. I've noticed that pages from load much faster.

    * Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
    * Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
    * Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
    * Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
    * Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
    * Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

    My stats:
    * Load Time for 2358 Pages
    * Without Google Web Accelerator: 3.4 hrs (estimated)
    * With Google Web Accelerator: 2.7 hrs
    * Total Time Saved: 38.1 mins

  6. I triede it many time, but I don't realy think it work fine with me !! becouse every thing is zero! the google counter doesn't count and I use it for more than a week and nothing changed in the "Performance Statistics " even to this moment it says "Not enough data to generate a report".

    Umm anod about the test site"http://localhost:9100/race" I tried it in IE6 and FF1.5, the result:
    Network Error (dns_unresolved_hostname)

    Your requested host "" could not be resolved by DNS.

    For assistance, contact your network support team.

    I don't know why? does any body know?

  7. I thought there was a bug in GWA where people could use each others PayPal/whatever accounts. Isn't that dangerous? Or is it fixed?

  8. Is this accelerator as good as Auslogics Speed Boost? (


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