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Windows 7: broadband restricting download speed

14 Sep 2009   #1
Gilly

 
broadband restricting download speed

Im currently using BT Total Broadband ,and i was just wondering during the

day they manage to restrict download speed using torrentz to a really slow

speed until midnight but download speed directly from the web always max

out the bandwidth consistantly..


How do they do this ??


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14 Sep 2009   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This type of thing is not unique to BT or any one ISP - Known as traffic Shaping it relies on analysing the stream of data passing to your address from the internet and throttling the speed available to certain types of data - normally "peer to peer" traffic.

You may find some oblique reference to the practice in the small print of the contract but it is not likely to be prominently advertised

Some ISP's will actually use this information to throttle all traffic for high bandwidth users rather than simply the one traffic type
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14 Sep 2009   #3
Gilly

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
This type of thing is not unique to BT or any one ISP - Known as traffic Shaping it relies on analysing the stream of data passing to your address from the internet and throttling the speed available to certain types of data - normally "peer to peer" traffic.

You may find some oblique reference to the practice in the small print of the contract but it is not likely to be prominently advertised

Some ISP's will actually use this information to throttle all traffic for high bandwidth users rather than simply the one traffic type
Thanks for clearing that up
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14 Sep 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

So much for Net Neutrality huh??
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14 Sep 2009   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hello Tom,

A quick google of "BT traffic shaping " produced a few results ( most of which were not suitable for even linking to here

I think you could say that this is a contentious issue
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14 Sep 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Ive been following this issue on the Reg, and it has spread over here as well.. Most ISP's will publicly say they are in compliance with Net Neutrality, but in practice .... fortunately my ISP doesnt throttle traffic at all..
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14 Sep 2009   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I think all the major UK ISP's shape to some degree - it's a case that to provide the advertised service at peak times they would need to greatly increase the infrastructure.

That costs so shaping is the answer for the ISP. As the users of P2P are pretty well demonised anyway, they are the perfect target

when information surfaces the stock answer is "we are doing our bit to stop the illegal file sharing", if this is the case then be up front about it.
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14 Sep 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I agree, however, when has BT ever been upfront about anything..
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14 Sep 2009   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I seem to remember a big to do about BT and Phorm .... upfront...not!
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14 Sep 2009   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

It's the same as the perennial issue of UP-TO ....Mb connections, and BT advertising the UK's fastest wireless broadband connection because they're the only ISP to supply a "Draft N" wireless router.

I get a 9.5 Mb/sec connection on my 10 Mb/sec cable through my 54 Mb/sec g router and the same if I'm on 100 Mb/sec Ethernet - BT's 8Mb/sec in this area offers about 3.5 Mb/Sec - now who's fooling who

Would just like to add that BT is used for illustration purposes - others may be equally as bad
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