Qwest Implementing Rate-Limiting?

I use Qwest for my internet connectivity, via DSL, and browse the web using an SSH tunnel for privacy and security reasons. For years – literally – I’ve had no problems doing this, but in the last week, my connections have been slow – around 5 kilobytes (40 kilobits) per second. I thought maybe it was due to the network disruption between Europe and the Middle East – my proxy server is in the European Union – but as it dragged on, I thought I’d try a few things. Lo, once I moved my SSH daemon to a port other than the default, 22, speeds were back to normal.

So, yay me. But, boo, Qwest! Badly-implemented rate-limiting as a way to discourage technically-savvy file-sharers doesn’t work, and all it does is piss off customers who aren’t causing problems.

Anyone else using Qwest, and having similar problems? I’m – obviously – in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis, and use Qwest’s connectivity through a local, reseller ISP.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on December 29th, 2008| 4 Comments »

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  1. On 12/29/2008 at 10:45 pm Ben Said:

    I’m on Comcast in Mojave, and Gmail (via https) is so slow that it doesn’t work. Other downloads have slowed down, but are still workable.

    I’ve rebooted my mediocre network software to no effect, and it’s the same on both machines.

  2. On 12/29/2008 at 11:13 pm Ben Said:

    I’m on Charter, not Comcast. Cable internet. It was cheaper than DSL by ATT.

  3. On 12/30/2008 at 2:16 am Stephan Wehner Said:

    I don’t quite understand. Where are you ssh’ing to?


  4. On 12/30/2008 at 2:22 am Stephan Wehner Said:

    Oh I see now – you wrote, “my proxy server is in the European Union”….