I mean how not
I mean how not
I'm curious if the throttle stays on the account indefinitely until you call them or if it resets to unthrottled when the new month starts.
Great news if Straight Talk is throttling instead of terminating service & making you lose your #.
Are they looking for signs of there being a NAT? If so, then a one-to-one NAT or a symmetric NAT should hide it - but I can't think of any hotspots that do this.
BTW, I've been wondering if they even can throttle without a proxy going through their servers.
As an experiment, I removed all proxy info (and switched to straight 'internet' in my APN - and immediately got speedtests showing about 40% faster (but unchanging ping times, which makes sense).
Don't want to hijack this thread, but the subject of tethering being able to be detected has raised a question for me. I understand from this and other threads that when you tether a laptop, then the packets and such will show what browser is being used, etc. but what about tethering an iPad to my iPhone. If I am using the safari browser on my iPad, will that look any different at all than my safari browser on my iPhone? They're both iOS, and don,t know of any difference other than the size of the screen that may make for a different resolution. So would they be able to tell that? Honestly, my iPad, which is wifi only, is the only thing I would really ever need to tether to my phone that I can think of. What say you, good people?
I'm definitely being throttled. My speedtests avg 150kbps. I've never gone over 2gb/mo or tethered. I believe the cap is 100mb/day. My 3g watchdog log shows I reached this limit 3 times in the last few months. That would explain why my service was shut off about a month ago and had to call CS to have it working again. I guess the following time I went over the cap they throttled my data. I'm probably going to switch to Red Pocket or Jolt when my current service period ends. Sure it's $15 more a month but at least I'll know that 2gb/mo actually means 2gb/mo and I won't have to deal with Filipino CS agents that tell me they need to replace my sim card anytime I call to say something minor is wrong with my service.
I'd never really thought about this being detectable because a NAT box simply replaces fields in an outbound packet header (return address and return port) and then, when a reply comes back, uses the return port it assigned on the outbound packet to figure out which internal address and port to send the packet to, again replaces fields and forwards the packet to the internal machine. (that's a port-forwarding NAT, which is I think what hotspots pretty much all use - there are other ways to do NAT).
So the question becomes: what are they detecting? It could be as simple as iOS and Android both use predictable ranges of reply ports, and a hotspot will use a range outside these.
If they're not detecting NAT, then connecting through a VPN first and then tethering should at least make the tethering difficult to detect, as the packets in the channel should be encrypted, headers and all.
I don't tether - but it's an interesting puzzle.
Last edited by bobkoure; 05-16-2012 at 10:02 AM. Reason: typo
Actually, I might someday tether - but it would only be if a client was having an emergency, I had no network access but needed to RDP in. I'd run something like that through a VPN as a matter of course (duty of care to protect the client's data security).
Haven't done this yet - the one time I needed to there wasn't any cell data either (wilds of Maine)... so I drove 15 miles to the nearest library.
I think I'll go with red pocket $60 or T-Mobile $30 5gb. At least they don't throttle based on daily usage.
My data is throttled i dont know why
Maybe this is the reason
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