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I'm stuck on a network that's (presumably) a dedicated line of fairly high speeds that's split across all the apartments in our apartment complex via a netgear VPN router.

When traffic is negligible (late at night) it's really quite fast, but during 90% of the day it's a painfully slow crawl, sometimes speeds so slow you can't stream 144p on youtube.

What I've noticed is that even during these extremely slow periods (overclock.net took 10 seconds to load just now) I can still get really fast p2p transfers. If I start a torrent during periods where I'm downloading through fast web pages at around 60 kbps I can still hit speeds of around 400 kbps through utorrent.

Is there any way to make http traffic work at speeds closer to the p2p traffic?
Edited by Firerouge - 9/9/13 at 6:46pm
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you could try a VPN such as hotspot shield or openvpn
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

you could try a VPN such as hotspot shield or openvpn

I've tried SSH tunneling, but my server computer has horrible upload speeds so didn't see a major difference anyway. Do you believe that renting a VPN connection would allow me to get around whatever bottleneck there is on http traffic on my apartment network?
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Originally Posted by Firerouge View Post

I'm stuck on a network that's (presumably) a dedicated line of fairly high speeds that's split across all the apartments in our apartment complex via a netgear VPN router.

When traffic is negligible (late at night) it's really quite fast, but during 90% of the day it's a painfully slow crawl, sometimes speeds so slow you can't stream 144p on youtube.

What I've noticed is that even during these extremely slow periods (overclock.net took 10 seconds to load just now) I can still get really fast p2p transfers. If I start a torrent during periods where I'm downloading through fast web pages at around 60 kbps I can still hit speeds of around 400 kbps through utorrent.

Is there any way to make http traffic work at speeds closer to the p2p traffic?

The router is dividing the shared link on a per-connection basis, and since your P2P app is opening dozens or hundreds of simultaneous connections, you're getting a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. There's no way you'll be able to accelerate a single connection like a single page load.

Greg

p.s. Your neighbors are going to complain their traffic is slower than usual when you P2P, and you will probably get banned in the building. LOL.
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p.s. Your neighbors are going to complain their traffic is slower than usual when you P2P, and you will probably get banned in the building. LOL.

I don't think you understand truly how awful the speeds are already. It's already shared between a few hundred, I've been seeing speeds that I haven't seen since the dialup days.
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buy a verizon/sprint mifi or get wifi tethering on your cell phone tongue.gif
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buy a verizon/sprint mifi or get wifi tethering on your cell phone tongue.gif

I have an unlimited 4g verizon data plan. But I also use at least 30 gigs a month minimum on my computers so they may get a bit angry with me if I tether.

EDIT, downloading plex right now, getting 22 KB/s. This is with utorrent off....
Edited by Firerouge - 9/9/13 at 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by Firerouge View Post

I'm stuck on a network that's (presumably) a dedicated line of fairly high speeds that's split across all the apartments in our apartment complex via a netgear VPN router.

When traffic is negligible (late at night) it's really quite fast, but during 90% of the day it's a painfully slow crawl, sometimes speeds so slow you can't stream 144p on youtube.

What I've noticed is that even during these extremely slow periods (overclock.net took 10 seconds to load just now) I can still get really fast p2p transfers. If I start a torrent during periods where I'm downloading through fast web pages at around 60 kbps I can still hit speeds of around 400 kbps through utorrent.

Is there any way to make http traffic work at speeds closer to the p2p traffic?
To be fair, OCN is one of the slowest loaded forums on the net anyway (and I whole heartedly blame Huddler for that - it's a bloated mess of code)
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The router is dividing the shared link on a per-connection basis, and since your P2P app is opening dozens or hundreds of simultaneous connections, you're getting a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. There's no way you'll be able to accelerate a single connection like a single page load.
Sure you can. There's plenty of services that do that: Tor, download accelerators, etc. In fact the standard behaviour for desktop browsers is to split every page load into around 8 concurrent connections per domain (albeit each connection being dedicated to a unique resource request)
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