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How can I beat Virgin Media? How can I disguise my browser as another application?

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Hi there,
So recently I've discovered that Virgin Media is the worst ISP in the whole wide world. That being said, I'm a very heavy internet user, I'm a web designer/dev by profession, a very hardcore gamer and I watch more movies online than anyone in the world can. I also happen to live with 2 other people in the house.

About 3 days ago, our internet connection started dropping every now and then to the point, where today I can barely load a google page under 3 mins. We've confronted Virgin Media and they said that due to our high usage of the internet, it's not fair to the other users and they've capped our connection. The funny part is that they're acting like we're idiots and like the internet is some sort of finite source and has to be SHARED.

The annoying part is we have an UNLIMITED FIBER OPTIC connection at 30mbps. This is a disgrace to the industry of technology that they would say such a thing as, "we need to share our connection with the other users, otherwise they can't get any internet", it's not a finite basket of apples that needs to be shared.

Anyways, let me get to my point. The thing is they haven't really just "CAPPED" our connection as they said, but rather disabled it, at least on some applications. I've noticed that online services such as iTunes, Spotify and my Steam account work just fine, as if nothing is wrong with the connection. However my Skype and web browser (Firefox) can barely do anything. My skype keeps disconnecting and reconnecting every 30 seconds and my Firefox can barely load a page, I'm even lucky if I can send this post out, if I can even do this.

So, finally, I've figured that they must somehow be singling out what applications I use and they put a cap (around 50kbps) or completely cut the connection for certain applications such as Firefox and Skype.

So question is, how can I trick the system and disguise my Firefox/Skype as say my Steam client or my itunes in order to bypass their stupid defenses and actually be able to USE the connection I pay for?

Thanks a lot smile.gif
Edited by cpt_alex - 10/19/12 at 4:13am
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Microsoft teredo might help (might)not sure
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VPN or SSH tunnel your applications to somewhere else.

Edit:
If it's a non-protocol-specific bandwidth cap it likely won't make a difference.
Edited by beers - 10/19/12 at 7:11am
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@OP

It sound like they're either rate-limiting anything which uses port 80 or 443, or rate-limiting anything which uses HTTP. Having said that, the fact that iTunes (which uses HTTP) works fine tells me that they are looking at the User-Agent header in the HTTP packets to determine which application is being used.

Try signing up with a VPN service, Virgin won't be able to use DPI to do a traffic-type determination, because the traffic will be encrypted.
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