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How to Grab More Bandwidth in Internet Cafe

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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.

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How to Optimize Your Internet Connection to Get 100 % Bandwidth

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Most of Internet connections are working below capacity. A simple bandwidth test would reveal that your own Internet connection is working well below its capacity. some times below 60% of the bandwidth is utilized. Below are some of the tricks I have collected that may help you get most juice out of your internet connection.

Increase bandwidth by tweaking QoS in Windows XP Pro

The following tweak applies only to Windows XP Professional edition. The default system behavior is that all 100% bandwidth is available, however, if there is a running application that indicates to the OS it needs to send high priority/real time data, then as long as it has the socket open, Windows XP will restrict “best effort” traffic to 80% of the bandwidth so that high priority traffic can be accommodated. Basically, applications can make this request to the operating system for QoS support using the QoS application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows and this only applies if a specific app is requesting QoS.

If you’d like to change how much bandwidth is reserved for QoS (the default is 20% of the total bandwidth), do the following:

  • Make sure you’re logged in as “Administrator” (not just any account with admin privileges).
  • Navigate to START>Run and type: gpedit.msc
  • Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler
  • In the right window, double-click the limit reservable bandwidth setting
  • On the setting tab, check the enabled setting.
  • Where it says “Bandwidth limit %”, change it to read 0 (or whatever percentage you want to reserve for high priority QoS data)
  • Click OK, close gpedit.msc
  • Under START > My Computer > My Network Connections > View Network Connections, right-click on your connection and under Properties (where it lists your protocols), make sure QOS Packet Scheduler is enabled.

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