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#1 ispy

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:35 PM

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NOTE - Make sure at the very least you have set a restore point and/or you have relevant full system image backups ready should anything go wrong! This tutorial is really for the intermediate to advanced users I do not recommend it for novices!
Increase BROADBAND speed!

This is for broad band connections. I didn’t try it on dial up but might work for dial up.
make sure your logged on as actually "Administrator". do not log on with any account that just has administrator privileges.
start - run - type gpedit.msc
expand the "local computer policy" branch
expand the "administrative templates" branch
expand the "network branch"
Highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler" in left window
in right window double click the "limit reservable bandwidth" setting
on setting tab check the "enabled" item
where it says "Bandwidth limit %" change it to read 0

Effect is immediate on some systems, some need to re-boot. This is more of a "counter what XP does" thing. In other words, programs can request up to 20% of the bandwidth be reserved for them, even with QoS disabled, this is no big deal and most programs do not request it. So, although QOS has caused a big stink because people think it reserves 20% of their bandwidth, you can still disable it, just to be sure, hehe.

Increase your cable modem or DSL speed in XP

This tweak is for broad band cable connections on stand alone machines with winXP professional version - might work on Home version also. It will probably work with networked machines as well but I haven't tried it in that configuration. This is for windows XP only, it does not work on win2000.
I use 3 Com cards so I don't know how it works on others at this point. It does not involve editing the registry. This tweak assumes that you have let winXP create a connection on install for your cable modem/NIC combination and that your connection has tcp/ip - QoS - file and print sharing - and client for microsoft networks , only, installed. It also assumes that winxp will detect your NIC and has in-box drivers for it. If it doesn't do not try this!

In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties), highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK
From the windows XP cd in the support directory from the support cab, extract the file netcap.exe and place it in a directory on your hard drive or even in the root of your C:\ drive.

next, open up a command prompt window and change directories to where you put netcap.exe. then type "netcap/?". It will list some commands that are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the bottom you will see your adapters. You should see two of them if using a 3Com card. One will be for LAN and the other will be for WAN something or other.

Next type "netcap/Remove". This will remove the netmon driver.
Open up control panel / system / dev man and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of them and one will have a yellow ! on it. Right click on the one without the yellow ! and choose uninstall. YES! you are uninstalling your network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Do not restart yet.
Check your connection properties to make sure that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it.

Now re-start the machine.
After re-start go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called "Local area connection 2". highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.
Choose connection properties and uncheck the "QOS" box
Re-start the machine
after restart enjoy the increased responsivness of IE, faster page loading, and a connection speed boost.

Why it works, it seems that windows XP, in its zeal to make sure every base is covered installs two seperate versions of the NIC card. One you do not normally see in any properties. Remember the "netcap/?" command above showing two different adapters? The LAN one is the one you see. The invisible one loads everything down and its like your running two separate cards together, sharing a connection among two cards, this method breaks this "bond" and allows the NIC to run un-hindered.

ENJOY!

Regards & Best Wishes,

ispy :)

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:02 PM

Increase BROADBAND speed!

This is for broad band connections. I didn't try it on dial up but might work for dial up.
make sure your logged on as actually "Administrator". do not log on with any account that just has administrator privileges.
start - run - type gpedit.msc
expand the "local computer policy" branch
expand the "administrative templates" branch
expand the "network branch"
Highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler" in left window
in right window double click the "limit reservable bandwidth" setting
on setting tab check the "enabled" item
where it says "Bandwidth limit %" change it to read 0

I did not try but I have some doubts.

I have DSL 6000 and it is true that depending on outside technical reasons (I cannot fix in my PC) it can decrease to 2500 or less.

But everytime 'DLS' is connected by a LAN interface.

And the LAN interfaces do their job, independent from the outer world. It maybe my neighbour PC. It maybe a network drive or printer. It maybe a DSL connected internet.

Do the above explained tweaks also make your local network faster?

Peter

#3 ispy

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 09:11 PM

Hi Peter :) ,

I don't know whether I can answer your specific question but I will take a generic "stab" at it.

This tweak is for broad band cable connections on stand alone machines with winXP professional version

In answer to your question above I doubt it, however I have cobbled together some additional information using freeware tools & online configuration utils that will maximize your configuration settings for your network.

One Caveat! MAKE SURE YOU GO TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE ATTACHED TUTORIAL AND READ BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY ALTERATIONS. I have typed this request in caps to emphasise this request not to shout or be rude!

This tutorial is really an overall configuration exercise to trouble shoot & possibly identify the origin of your problems. I hope it helps you out! See attachment below! The attached file is a doc file with screenshots & links (HTML) it would have taken too long to upload all the screenshots which some are poor quality but I think you will be able to work them out?

Regards & Respect,

ispy :)

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