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anon
08.05.09, 20:32
There are good ISPs and then there are bad ISPs. A good ISP will allow you to virtually max out your Internet connection speed for any online activity including P2P/BitTorrent transfers. It's no secret that bad ISPs - such as Bell Canada & its wholesale partners, are known to limit transfer rates to as little as 30 KB/s from 4PM - 2AM, essentially crippling many Internet apps for up to 10 hours each day. You pay top dollars to your provider for Internet access, yet can't even use it to 10% capacity during the time when you need it the most - when you're actually sitting in front of the PC. These practices are commonly considered to be net neutrality violations by ISPs.

The solution? Switch providers. But how do you know for certain that your ISP is meddling with your torrent transfers? Aside from the obvious clue that download speeds come to a crashing halt during peak-times, or seeding is all but impossible - there's a clever new way to test your ISP for throttling & rate-limiting with the DiffProbe ShaperProbe utility (http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~partha/diffprobe/shaperprobe.html).

Link (http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~partha/diffprobe/shaperprobe.html) :thumbsup:

FSF Article (http://filesharefreak.com/2009/05/07/test-your-isp-for-traffic-shaping-with-shaperprobe/)

alpacino
09.05.09, 01:37
Thanks for the tool. It's very important to know for sure before calling your ISP and tell 'em to go to hell :biggrin:
Just tested mine and it's not shaped :top:

anon
09.05.09, 01:40
Thanks for the tool. It's very important to know for sure before calling your ISP and tell 'em to go to hell :biggrin:

Or advance to the next level like Mona "The Hammer" Shaw, who went to Comcast's offices and started smashing everything :eek:


Just tested mine and it's not shaped :top:

I don't need to run the tool to know I am; can max out my line thanks to uTP, though :cool:

DarkSaint
09.05.09, 01:56
Great tool, tested mine and no shaper detected :D

splicer
09.05.09, 13:09
No shaper here either, and I'm in a 21st century Britain!

anonftw
10.05.09, 04:12
Luckily my ISP doesn't do such evil .