Sun - Feb 10, 2008 : 11:47 am
Comcast Bit Torrent Filtering
I've been using Comcast for my personal Internet connection now for about 5 years. Personally, I think they do a great job. My connection goes down on average about once per year, and it just works really well with my lifestyle. I think the price is a bit much, but having a steady Internet connection means a lot to me, so I keep it.
That said, about a week ago, I engaged in an innocent download of a file which I paid for, and I downloaded it via bit torrent.
I started the download in the morning, and later on the same day my Internet connection was completely closed down. I couldn't get in via SSH, or out with a browser. So, I reset my modem and all was well.
Well... If by "well", I mean I could use my Internet for the next 15 minutes before it magically went down again, then yes... All was well.
The problem with this is, I use my Internet for my phone, too. So when my Internet went down, my phone did too.
I continued this charade for 2 days. My wife told me she needed to reset the modem 3 times during the morning of the 2nd day before she got fed up with it, and gave up.
All during this time, I was trying to download my file. At the end of the 2nd day, I paused the file to see if that would help.
Nope. Another 15 minutes later and my connection was gone. After two more resets and an hour later, I decided to shut down my bit torrent program, and, as if the Comcast gods were suddently pleased, my Internet connection magically stayed up, and has been up for the past 2 weeks, uninterrupted (as usual).
If Comcast denies (which is does) having anything to do with bit torrent packet filtering, I believe this is just a notch in the "you're lying" belt.
Anyone else having similar problems?