How to Grab More Bandwidth in Internet Cafe

Posted on 04 January 2009

You are in an Internet cafe or stuck in any other shared network environment  and there are like 10 other people sharing the same bandwidth with you.  No body likes sharing, especially when its bandwidth and the page you are trying to load up is not opening fast. I also had a shared DSL Line, It was shared with like 20 other people. There were times when the connection speed got so low that It was impossible to load a web page like facebook or gmail.

I eventually got my own dedicated T1 line installed as my blogging earning started to permit that.  But back then, I used to search for a software or technique that could let me grab a bigger share of that DSL router’s bandwidth.

A question at yahoo answers revealed that best of all techniques is to gain access to router and use QoS or bandwidth shaping to keep providing your IP or MAC address a reasonable amount of bandwidth consistently. Second option is to unplug all other cables :) . sounds stupid but works every time. On a serious note, most of the time none of the above solutions are possible. The router or switch distributing the bandwidth is normally out of our control in most situations.

There are many ways to do this in my opinion but tech people don’t share such information for the general welfare of themselves and people at large. People who grab and use more bandwidth are called “Bandwidth Hogs” and these people are hated by system administrators and ISPs. The more bandwidth hogs are on your network, more difficult and expensive it is for other users and system owners. price for each megabit/sec goes up for everyone.

That being said, I think that the knowledge should not be prevented from spreading just because some one uses it in a bad way. There are situations like the ones I explained in first paragraph where you need more bandwidth to complete your task at hand and you just can’t get through. here are a few tips i used to help myself

Constant Ping to a Outside Host

Ping any host beyond your gateway or your gateway itself with -t command. i.e.
ping -t
ping -t

Tweak your Registry

By default, Windows XP reserves 20% of the connection bandwidth for QoS traffic. This tweak allows the setting to be altered to a different percentage of connection

  • In the left hand pane navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Psched
  • Right click on the white region of Regedit’s right hand pane, click New, and then click DWORD Value
  • Enter NonBestEffortLimit for the name of the new DWORD Value and press Enter. The new value should now appear in Regedit’s right-hand column.
  • Right click the new value and choose Modify.
  • Set the Value Data field to whatever percentage you would like it to be set. The default value is 20, then click OK.

Don’t Let the connection Stay Idle

Never leave the connection idle, keep downloading stuff even if you don’t use it. use a download manager and keep it on unlimited mode while downloading some large file i.e. Latest distribution iso for linux  or a song etc.

When you really need the speed, just pause that download and do your stuff and then turn that back on… kind of mean but It did work for me in couple of situations.

Once I was in a net cafe full of people, I opened 10 youtube video pages and started them all. this slowed down traffic for every one, eventually in 15 minutes all the netcafe was empty and I was left alone to enjoy the good speed. (again, it was mean but saved the day)

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7 Responses to “How to Grab More Bandwidth in Internet Cafe”

  1. Steven Moffat says:

    Wow. It appears that almost every single statement in that article is wrong. That is not how traffic queuing works, not at all.

    And especially inane thing with the constant pings, how did you get that idea? How did you come to the conclusion that sending a very small packet every second, and getting one back, does anything with anything?

    And how does *saturating* the line improve anything? Are you somehow under the impression that some mean network device starts artificially throttling the bandwidth when there’s no traffic? Why on earth would someone do that?

    And then that thing about “Windows XP reserves bandwidth”… I don’t think it will actually *artificially shape* the line if there’s no high priority traffic?!

    Please explain.

  2. R. MAK. says:

    This is exactly how network administrator and people with interest tied up with low bandwidth usage should react to such a great article.

    I think the article contains a good deal of useful information that the Author himself tried and tested.

    Don’t pay heed to ramblings of system admins and ISP guys.. Just try this stuff and see the results yourself

  3. Constantine says:

    Whoaaah great! Thank’s for the idea of Constant pinging. I can grab the bandwidth… ^^ I got 3 – 12 Kbps before, but after I use the trick, I got more than 60 Kbps. Thx

  4. Mehran says:

    Steven is right except for pinging. when you as a user keep pinging a public IP (not the one shown above! i mean not coz it is a local IP) you force your network and the net to respond. yes you are getting small packets of data but it really helps handling the speed and allocating at least a permanent stream of data coming and going. it really is helpful.
    btw the idea of registry tweak shouldnot be performed!

  5. maven says:

    Great tips. But I didnt like the idea of keep pinging some other sites. How about running a p2p download with a very small download limit?

  6. loyed says:

    oh thank you so much. it works 100%. NOW AM ABLE TO GET GOOD SPEED. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU


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