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Over the past several months I have noticed that YouTube was incredibly slow for me on my personal connection for some reason. It wasn't the connection, and the internet speed on other sites seemed just fine. Never had issues with any other streaming services, granted, I use YouTube more than others.

This past month things started to get really annoying with YouTube videos taking forever to buffer and at times causing YouTube to load a lower res version.

This came to my attention today:
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And I haven't had any issues since.

Has anyone else been having similar issues?
 

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Just so everyone is aware, I had seen this earlier today and fully checked into who owns the servers in those ranges (Google and XO Communications, respectively) and we don't yet know if doing this is either illegal or a breach of either of their policies (or the policies of the participating ISPs, for that matter) so for now I believe it's safe to allow discussing this as it's not an inherent breach of our own policies. However if any of the involved companies ban/openly condemn the practice rather than add a countermeasure then we'll have to close this.

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hmmm, this sounds intriguing what speed connection do you have? Our FIOS 75/35 connection has sucked only on youtube but 1080p streams to the tv with netflix are great. How long have you been running the fix, also did you have to add the rules to any software firewall on your computer? +rep because your link is something I would have never thought of
 

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Just so everyone is aware, I had seen this earlier today and fully checked into who owns the servers in those ranges (Google and XO Communications, respectively) and we don't yet know if doing this is either illegal or a breach of either of their policies (or the policies of the participating ISPs, for that matter) so for now I believe it's safe to allow discussing this as it's not an inherent breach of our own policies. However if any of the involved companies ban/openly condemn the practice rather than add a countermeasure then we'll have to close this.

Thanks.
Thanks CC
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hmmm, this sounds intriguing what speed connection do you have? Our FIOS 75/35 connection has sucked only on youtube but 1080p streams to the tv with netflix are great. How long have you been running the fix, also did you have to add the rules to any software firewall on your computer? +rep because your link is something I would have never thought of
Personal connection is 40/5

Like you, have never had a problem streaming netflix. Was pretty much solely youtube and sometime vimeo.

I've only been running that for a day. Didn't have to make any other changes other than the two commands listed on the site. Thanks, hopefully it helps
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Interesting, I will have to check this out.
Be sure to report back if it helps or not
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Yup I have the same issues with some YouTube videos.
Was driving me mad for a while, it seemed so hit and miss.
 

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Well it's gone back to what it was for whatever reason... back to being incredibly slow and pretty much unusable. Bah!
 

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I was having this issue for being quite a heavy Youtube user (for listening to music) and noticed stupidly slow speeds where even 240P videos would struggle at 1AM, naturally, I eventually assumed a throttle was in place. Since I was suspicious they were targeting certain traffic I set up a toggleable (browser only) home proxy routed through hamachi using a guide (<-- Linky) at lifehacker, and upon instantly finishing the set-up, a video struggling with 240P instantly loaded almost halfway at 1080P.
 

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Thanks for the link. Sad to hear that other's elsewhere are having the issue as well. +rep

Started using the SmartVideo For YouTube™ extension to help things a bit. At least that way it will continue buffering when paused and whatnot.
 

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Online guides are a problem as the ISPs see them as fast as we do and if they so choose they can prevent any workarounds from working. It's pretty arbitrary, though.
 

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Yes, however if they do in fact patch in a fix for my fix, they'll get the option I refrained from before. That being a generous phone-call.
 

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I should note I am no longer using the "fix" in the first post.

Currently updated the OS and felt like trying out something else.

Now all I am doing is using the HTML5 player (http://www.youtube.com/testtube) and SmartVideo For YouTube™ extension.
 

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Had the same problem crop up in past 3 months but its been getting worse, get up at 7am EST, load a 20 minute 1080p video very rapidly, come home from work at 3-5pm, doesn't even want to fathom loading 50 second videos at some points let alone HD 4-10 minute. Been getting more frequent with Comcast on my end, going to try what you did Deafboy and see if it works.
 

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The extension has been my favorite part so it can at least continue buffering when paused and whatnot. But I have to say, since I did the recent stuff I haven't had many issues. But as you mentioned, there are definitely times where it's worse than others but that's kind of to be expected I suppose to some extent.
 

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A couple of months ago I was having problems with my comcast Internet speed. I'm paying for the fastest home not commercial Internet I can get. It was very noticeable in YouTube and downloads in general.

For me it ended up being my modem. The com cast guy who came over to check out my connection told me that the modems they hand out to normal customers can't handle the very fast Internet connection that I pay for. That it burns itself out trying to keep up. So he gave me a the modem that they hand out for commercial use. Now my Internet works flawlessly.
 
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