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For some reason over the past couple of days i've been having severe issues with my connection. It will get very slow, like dial-up slow, then when I restart my modem it speeds up a slight amount. I have no idea what's going on to be honest with you. If someone could find the login for an ambit cable modem, that would be helpful, but I honestly have no clue as to why it's getting slow. I use torrents sometimes to download shows that I miss the night before, but aside from that, I almost never torrent anything. Is anyone in Houston having these issues besides me?
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Ok, yeah, comcast is definitely throttling me. I did a speed test and got 24mbps. As soon as I opened up a torrent in utorrent, then closed out of utorrent to get a proper speed test, I got 5 mbps. Then I tried again, resetting the router by disconnecting all of the cables, then did it a few more times, and still had the same result. I'm in the process of finding ways around this throttling nonsense. I'm not using torrents illegally, just to download shows that I missed (house, lost). So they shouldn't be pulling this garbage on me.
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downloading shows is legal? what about movies?
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My Comcast works fine, constant 35Mb/s in the Seattle metro area.
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If I remember correctly, Comcast is the business that has been doing in-depth packet sniffing.

Well, when they realize you are running P2P, torrent, or downloading illegally, they throttle your connection.

This may be a different company Comcast, forgive me if I am wrong (had some head injuries today ).
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post #6 of 15
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downloading shows is legal? what about movies?
No, I don't think movies is. Shows get posted up on the tv station's websites. So it makes sense that downloading an individual tv show would be legal. Movies don't get posted, so that's illegal. Software, music, and anything else that isn't posted directly by the owner is illegal.
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Nahh hehe they are def throttling you, I use torrents for TV show House as well hehe, and free TV torrents are most definately legal to download. They are just doing it because it is P2P and they think everyone who does torrents are doing something illeagal..those creeps.
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It seems as if they throttle anything but internet traffic. After I tried my vpn today my speed tests went down significantly. That just sucks to be honest. Comcast is the only service that offers a decent speed around here, and i've already tried SSH and all the encryption I can find, and nothing can get around their throttling.
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yeah i guess utorrent is illeagal.........everybody uses it.......nobody admits it.....i got a warning here by some jerk who just wanted to look good in front of his admins just for mentioning utorrent......but back to you Comcast problem........i had the same thing happen and i talked to one of their techs and he said that if you pay for premium service with speedboost or whatever legally you can download up to 100GB worth of stuff a month.....if you own their business service then it's unlimited...Comcast don't want you to know that because you'll just hog up their line.....personally i'm switching to Verizon FIOS soon......it's $170 a month......but you 5Mbps upload and 50Mbps download with unlimited bandwidth usage......
    
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post #10 of 15
utorrent/torrent clients and torrenting are NOT illegal!!!!!!!!!!!
It's what you do with those programs that can be illegal. (i.e. music/video/games/application sharing) Linux download sites want you to torrent as it puts less strain on their servers and it's free hosting. But also, have you checked your router (if you're behind one) and see if someone is "piggybacking" off of yours? if so, you need to encrypt your wireless with either WEP (better than not encrypted) or a WPA standard (harder to crack than WEP is)

Oh, and make sure to close out of your torrent client when finished and all of the torrent client processes.
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