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 yahoo.com -t
ping 192.168.0.1 -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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