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Old 2007-11-06, 21:54   #1
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Attention Comcast users!

If you're a Comcast user you should know that your ISP is actively disrupting BitTorrent transfers using equipment from Sandvine Incorporated. There's unfortunately no easy way around this at the moment and you will find it almost impossible to download anything from this forum. If net neutrality is important to you, you should probably consider another ISP.

There's a small page on Wikipedia describing this in more detail.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandvine
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Old 2007-12-07, 21:19   #2
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If you're a Comcast user you should know that your ISP is actively disrupting BitTorrent transfers using equipment from Sandvine Incorporated. There's unfortunately no easy way around this at the moment and you will find it almost impossible to download anything from this forum. If net neutrality is important to you, you should probably consider another ISP.

There's a small page on Wikipedia describing this in more detail.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandvine
I have Comcast, but I am still able to download torrents. Although, I am still able to download torrents, my internet gets really slow, especially when I'm trying to access web pages.

Unfortunately, there is no other real alternative in my area for hi-speed internet than Comcast.
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Old 2007-12-07, 23:29   #3
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One of my friends in the US also has Comcast. I can log the behaviour described in the wikipedia article when I transfer to him and the performance is really bad. But he seems to be able to use Bittorrent with other people within the US so it seems Comcast is selectively killing some transfers.
Btw, some guy in California recently sued Comcast over this:
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...t-sued-ov.html
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Your attempt to help Comcast users here is appreciated. Linking to a Spanish article though might not be that helpful. Anyway, the technique used by Comcast is most likely not possible to circumvent with the current BitTorrent protocol. There's a week spot in that protocol. When the client initially contacts the tracker, the communication is unencrypted and both parties exchange the data ports used in any further communication. Whether the data is encrypted after this is irrellevant since any communication using those port numbers can be altered, which is exactly what Comcast does. But again, it seems Comcast is selectively killing BitTorrent for now. Maybe the media attention has scared them a little...
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