Strategies to beat traffic shaping.
Posted on 2006-11-16
Where we live, we are offered "full speed" adsl which at best gives us about 250k/s download speed. Problem is, after a while, this gets throttled down to 50k/s, and if that's left for too long, 20k/s. Now, unlike the typical users that would be managed by this obvious traffic shaping, the P2P dowloaders, we're trying to get a sizable chunk of data down every day, and as it has grown in size (yes, it is pre-compressed to the max), we find we get to the office and the download still has an hour to go - meaning we can't start work. We have no option to use other adsl providers (we live in a country and region with a Telecom monopoly). There is definite traffic management going on by the Telco trying to deal to customers who would drown the network with P2P traffic, but the traffic shaping is obviously not even looking at what type of traffic you are doing - if it is sustained downloading of anything, you get punished with the bad boys and girls.
I'm looking for ideas. Wild ideas, to see if we can beat the Telco's dumbed down traffic management. The only one we have come up with so far that seems practical is to get another adsl connection and send hald the data down each link. But really, why should we reward the Telco with even more income in this shameful situation?