Are your winmx downloads slowing down to 0:00, uploads timing out?
Don't be embarrased, it's not you it's your ISP. Recent changes to ISP policies worldwide have seen a huge increase in ISP traffic shaping.
Shaping is the word ISP's use to describe what we call throttling. At first basic shaping was implemented on cable connections. if you were a "heavy" user your total download/upload speed was cut back to what your ISP regarded as
"fairuse"[as described in their fairuse clause when you signed up with them]. The rationale being you may be compromising their other users bandwidth, which is of course rubbish, if their bandwidth is sooo precious they should not be running an ISP.
Now, thanks to anti-filesharing organizations such as Media Defender, RIAA, MPAA etc, more sophisticated equipement and software is being supplied to ISP's worldwide. This new system, known as "Traffic Prioritization" uses DPI technology. DPI is Deep Packet Inspection, there is a good article on Wikipedia about DPI here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_packet_inspection
. It isn't new technology, in the old days DPI was known as "sniffing" and was created by 13 year old miscreants in IRC to "hack" people by snifffing their IP's to see what Internet services they are running [btw these same 13 year olds are now 23 with babies and mortgages and working for anti-filesharing companies].
Today, ISP's use DPI to determine what applications you are using and inspect the type of traffic going to and from those applications. They especially take note of p2p applications and winmx, being unencrypted is easy to see whats going up and down. One they determine you are transferring movies/music etc they shape/throttle that port back to almost nothing[deprioritized]. I say almost nothing because it is still illegal for any ISP to completely block a port from or to your IP. the laws governing your IP are varied and vague. If you think of it as being like your home telephone number it would be the same as your phone provider cutting off your access to Aunty Dot if they completely blocked it. By shaping/throttling a couple of mb a day are still able to get through , so it's like only being able to talk to Aunty Dot on the phone for 2 minutes a day. P2P applications are set to the lowest priority by ISP's.
Alot of people, once they realize they are being throttled by their ISP do nothing because of the media propoganda that sharing files is illegal being shoved down our throats and they don't want to get "caught" by complaining to their ISP. Many shared files have no copyright and it is %100 legal to share them. If you do phone your ISP, they will deny all knowledge of interference to you because the phone techs don't know about it. The companies figure that's the easiest way to deal with it
Here at winmxworld we are working on a solution to this ISP violation against your IP and are hoping to incorporate encryptation in Winmx in the future. For now, we are testing different types of encryptation and need testers . if you are being shaped/throttled by your ISP and would like to help secure the future of winmx filesharing please download and install WASTE Client/Server (Win32) v1.5 beta 3 from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=82356
. Please remember your Waste key password and copy your public key to a safe place. Then pm me your public key on this forum and i will add you to our Waste server.