Slow Youtube? – Bypass Local Caches and Throttling by your ISP

Slow Youtube Solution

I learned about this on reddit (Have Time Warner Internet but can barely stream YouTube? I did an experiment.), and ArsTechnica.com (Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video). TL;DR; Apparently there is some serious backdoor negotiations going on With Google/Netflix and the ISP to deliver their traffic – but when negotiations go bad… ISP act like dicks. That’s the real reason your youtube videos are so slow. The solution? by pass the local caches of videos and download them directly from Youtube.com. 🙂

Solution:


sudo iptables -A INPUT -s 173.194.55.0/24 -j REJECT

sudo iptables -A INPUT -s 206.111.0.0/16 -j REJECT

More read: Have Time Warner Internet but can barely stream YouTube? I did an experiment.

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