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Hi guys,

I recently upgraded to the 50mb broadband package with virgin media because I do a lot of online gaming and downloading during peak hours.

I was promised to be taken out of their "fair usage" policy which they told me would leave me unrestricted during peak hours which I was very happy about because being in peak hours in my area is a nightmare to the point where I can barely browse WebPages on a 10 mb connection.

So after upgrading I found that it didn’t make much of a difference to my connection. My gaming and browsing was great but downloading and streaming was not improved so I did a little research.

It turns out that I have been put into another hidden policy (which I can’t remember the name of right now) where my connection gets restricted. for example if I was to download a 20gb file I would download at full speed for 5 minutes then be restricted by 75% for 12 hours if I am a heavy user (of course I’m a heavy user hence why I spend a extra £20-£30 a month for the upgrade!)

I was told by a friend that if I was to put myself through a proxy server all my traffic would appear to virgin as general traffic rather than download or streaming traffic therefore they would stop restricting me for being a heavy user
Firstly I would like to know if there is any truth to this and also how I would go about connecting to a decent proxy server (am willing to pay)
Any advice would be great

Thanks
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by:TechHammer
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You could do that, Proxy Switcher is a product that can find available free proxy servers.  Howver, it is better for you to understand the terminology.  Just because you co from 10mb to 50mb, does not mean your average surfing/gaming will see a performance jump.  The bandwidth is for gross data traveling over your local internet, not the actual speed it goes in and out.  ALso, you might want to check your NIC and verify it is capable of high sppeeds, i.e.: 1000 or 1 gb.  Most NICs a few years or older can handle 10/100, if you are running 100mbs it is an average speed, 10mb is very slow.
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by:Beretta006
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Thanks TechHammer,

I just checked my connection speed and your right i am connected at 100mbps! i dont believe i havnt noticed before. this is odd because i have a ASUS M4A79 Deluxe mother board which im sure has a "8112 Gigabit LAN controller" and my modem and router wass provided to me by virgin when i upgraded so why am i connected at 100mbps? any ideas?
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by:Beretta006
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thinking about it having a 1000mbps connection wont make any difference because only 50mbps will be traveling through the line
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the ISP provided bantwidth is not the same as the internal network speed.  If you are passing very large amounts of data through your network, the bigger the better.  You don't want a bottleneck Check the port speeds of yoru switches, make sure you have at least Cat5e if not Cat 6 cabling.
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