[CLUG] ISP throttling

freegazer freegazer at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 04:53:28 GMT 2005

thanks for the info. Sorry for the double post.

Yeah my personal issue started just prior to the end of the year with
a gradual decline in (download) speed. At Christmas I purchased a
Mandrake membership and spent the next week trying to download ISOs at
a measily avg speed of 2k/per sec with BitTorrent and checking
everything on my side. After running out of possible causes I got a
response from Mandrake with an alternate (HTTP) download.
Downloading restarted at an avg of 2 k/per sec :(.
After contacting  IInet to ask (quite nicely) if anything had changed
they advised me to install adaware :| .......

And the connection speed changed to a whopping _0.5_ k/per sec. Thats
for BT, FTP & HTTP.
I would expect a little better for an ADSL account for a 256 connection.

Now I can understand throttling of accounts to try to encourage
purchase of more expensive accounts but seeing as how _any_ window box
got normal connections speeds and _any_ Linux box on this side of the
modem reproduced the issue this seems pretty prejudicial.

After attempting to contact the ISP again 29 times over a 2 day period
(mostly these messages seemed to fail [probably due to the
connection.]) My thirtieth attempt using a Online email account from a
windows PC finally got through to the ISP and they replied with a ¨we
dont support linux¨ email.
Strangely enough though the morning after this second (31) email the
problem had disappeared with no changes from our side.

Until now I have had nothing but praise for IInet and have in fact
recommended them too several Linux users I know, but following this
incident it looks like a change is coming.

On Sun, 9 Jan 2005 14:20:59 +1100, Paul Hampson <Paul.Hampson at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 09, 2005 at 12:48:17PM +1100, freegazer wrote:
> > Query for the list browsers and experts.
> > Is anyone aware of widespread throttling of BitTorrent traffic (or any
> > download format/protocol for that matter) in any local ISPs?
> I run a local ISP, and we are getting reports from our users that
> P2P speeds suck beyond the expected suckiness you get from using something
> like Bittorrent (which punishes slow upload and rewards fast upload)
> over an asynchronus link like ADSL.
> It looks to me like our upstream provider _is_ throttling BT at least,
> (as I get the same speed issues over my ADSL link which goes into the
> same network) and I've not really played with any other P2P in the last
> six months.
> I guess I'll know in a month or so when we add an upstream link to a
> different provider. ^_^
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