Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 20 August 2007 09:47

BitTorrent ban for Comcast cable modem users

Written by David Stellmack
Image

Comcast uses traffic shaping to catch users

Comcast cable modem Internet users joined those connected to Canadian ISPs Cogeco and Rogers in encountering traffic shaping that is causing Comcast customers to be unable to seed with new peers. Many ISPs in the US and Canada have been experimenting with ways of limiting BitTorrent traffic for over two years now, but this new development of breaking connections with peers is something that is more aggressive than we have seen in the past.

Sources suggest that Comcast is using an IP traffic shaping solution from Sandvine which has but one sole purpose: to throttle available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic. Many users have already tried a variety of methods to circumvent traffic shaping, but very few solutions really work. Right now, users are being forced to set up BitTorrent over SSH or VPN, as these are currently the only known way to bypass the problem.

Many Comcast users are outraged over this latest development. Complaints to Comcast are falling on deaf ears, as P2P traffic is viewed as the biggest bandwidth waster of the Internet. While we find it hard to believe that ISPs are going to dictate which protocols users can and cannot use over their network, it is obvious that with increased pressure from the RIAA and MPAA, ISPs have to find a solution to try to limit their liability for users that are using their P2P connections to obtain copyrighted material.

The battle will definitely continue and don’t look for the ISPs to start giving ground on limiting traffic any time soon. As a matter of fact, we predict that more ISPs in the U.S. will start using traffic shaping; and one has to wonder what protocol or traffic ISPs will try to limit next to improve their bottom line.

Last modified on Monday, 20 August 2007 13:01

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments