Hawking Broadband Booster

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by tarzan, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. tarzan

    tarzan Guest

    how does this thing work and is it any good for boosting ??
    and how much by ?
    tarzan, Oct 26, 2005
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    Jim Howes Guest

    I'm highly suspicious of their claims of 400% improvement.

    My guess is that it improves throughput by combining like packets into larger
    packets up to the MTU of the connection, and eliminating the header overhead of
    the combined packets.

    I.e. if your application sends 'HELLO' as five packets, each containing one
    byte, each of those packets has a header which includes the source address,
    destination address, source and destination ports, protocol, sequence numbers,
    blah blah blah. If you send the data as one packet containing five bytes, you
    only send one lot of header information. If the header is, say, 20 bytes long,
    then sending 1 x (20 + 5) instead of 5 x (20+1) results in far less bandwidth used.

    Bear in mind that ADSL is presented as IP packets encapsulated in PPP
    encapsulated in ATM. This trebles the header overhead. By packing ATM packets
    up to the MTU of the connection, atleast one layer of this wastage can be reduced.

    Of course, it may be something entirely different. That's just my guess.
    Nothing is going to improve on the raw bit rate that your telecoms provider is

    How this helps downstream traffic, I don't know. Presumably you'd have to have
    something like this at both ends of the bottlenecked connection. (Or have I
    missed the boat here?)

    Jim Howes, Oct 27, 2005
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    MinusNet Guest

    tarzan wrote
    Depends upon what you're using your connection for and how much you're
    using it -

    The next generation of routers will prolly incorporate this QoS
    MinusNet, Oct 27, 2005
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    CJM Guest

    An interesting product but are there any equivalents that work with combined
    ADSL Modem/Routers?
    CJM, Oct 28, 2005
  5. tarzan

    MinusNet Guest

    CJM wrote

    No idea. I can't see there's any urgency in needing one.
    MinusNet, Oct 28, 2005
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