Any getting around transparent proxies?

Posted on 2004-11-01
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I have some friends in AUStralia that are complaining that their download speeds are now being throttled down by their ISP and they are no longer getting near the download speeds they paid for.

They are complaining that is a transparent proxy responsible for this.

Are there any ways around this?


Question by:RobertGama
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    Accepted Solution

    There aren't anyways around it. The ISP is doing bandwidth throttling via a proxy server in order to prevent pipe saturation. Sorry about that.
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    Actually, I think if you can change the port of your traffic, you can usually get around the transparent proxies (i.e., use an SSL connection instead of HTTP).  To do this, you'd need to have an SSL server on the inside and outside of the ISP.  Initiate the SSL connection between the SSL servers and you've got a pipe through the ISP that the transparent proxy doesn't regulate.  Now you can have the outside SSL server act as your proxy on the Internet while the transparent proxy turns a blind eye.
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    If they're really paying for high speed, and the ISP is throttling them, then they have a Consumer Fraud issue with their ISP; if the ISP won't fix it, they should take it to the appropriate local government agency.

    Helping them bypass the proxy would be a violation of the EE rules.

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    In addition it could not be a proxy at all, they could simply be using QOS on their equipment and in which case it wouldn't matter what port the traffic was sent over it would still get throttled down to the ISP's settings.  QOS happens on layer 2 or Layer 3 which means there's no way around it.
    LVL 15

    Assisted Solution

    What is the preliminary connection policy involves?
    Is it running some sort of dialer? Is it any network modification? Running some sort of software?


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