There are so many things we are not thankful for, I am no exception. Really.
Unlike many around me, I am enjoying internet speed, considerably faster! Well, at least it is said to be so. 512k/Bs. My ISP (internet service provider) is ROL To measure the speed of it, I ain’t no geek, nor I am a computer nerd. Just the average. Now, having said that it is 512k/Bs I expected my download speed to be really “512”. But it is not to be.
Like many I download, from anime’s to mp3s to movies. Be it Prison Break episodes or American Idol Episodes to Spiderman movie! First day or two, I was getting a good speed! µTorrent speed showed me I was having 60k/Bs. Thrilled, happy and excited.
A week later, my torrent speed started showing me, 8 to 9K/Bs. Whatta drop!! To my surprise I rang ROL and took this issue to their attention. Checked if its something with my computer or the cable. Or could it be that the torrent I’m trying to download is low in seeds? Nop, its not. Here is what I did, went straight to ROL’s Support Page. Started downloading the first file listed there, a Navini Setup file. Not a bit I was surprised, my ISP is controlling my torrent traffic. Because I was getting a mere 62.2KBS. That in my view if I am not wrong is full 512 between me and my ISP.
Like I said, when I took this issue to ROL, they told me “nothing is blocked”. “No restrictions”. Called them several times, because its obvious that I do not wish that my torrent traffic to be controlled that way and for them to tell me its not?! Later they told me they are “working on a problem”. I expected it to be better in days.
In fact, it hasn’t. So I met this guy who happens to be the one who is applying the restrictions and told him about it. Surprise Surprise, he did give me a solution! which I bet is the best one they have. They offered me a a free TorrentFlux WOW!! WOW!! Perhaps the guy did not know, I had ttorrent for sometime and I still have my account active. Where I download my torrent to their server and download the file via http or ftp. It indeed is not good. Not good at all, while I’d be expecting it to be a real “512”.
To this day its never fixed and I know they’d never fix it. Rather if one wants to download anything, they’d suggest you to buy an account from Rapidshare or buy an account from ttorrent. Its the easiest of all solutions.
ROL has this tendency to “restrict” and “restrict” at the same time they are the cheapest offer available here, compared to Dhiraagu. But I have learned. I have learned that the old saying “cheap things no good, good things no cheap” is true, certainly.
Well done folks!