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How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speeds - Menace - 03-30-2013 10:26 AM

Do you ever notice how YouTube sucks frequently? Despite having a fast internet connection, it is always buffering, especially on the 720p and 1080p video quality.

This is not an accident. Your speed is being throttled.

I originally found this on reddit, and you can also refer to this blog post here:

http://mitchribar.com/2013/02/time-warner-cable-sucks-for-youtube-twitchtv/

Bottom line is that you need to block a range of IP addresses, either on your computer, but preferably your router at home. If you block them on your router, then all of your devices at home can benefit from this.

What to Block

I used this IP range calculator (http://www.csgnetwork.com/ipinfocalc.html) to convert from the /24 and /16 notation into actual IP ranges because my router (a Verizon FIOS router from Motorola) did not support the /24 and /16 block notation.

You need to block: 173.194.55.1 - 173.194.55.254 and 206.111.0.1 - 206.111.255.254.

I blocked both incoming and outcoming data, but from my recollection of the reddit thread only outcoming may be necessary.

How to Block

This may be more than some of you guys are used to fucking with. Basically you need to go into your router and get into the firewall configuration.

If you use Verizon FiOS go to Firewall Settings (click Yes to proceed through warning). Click on Advanced Filtering on the left.

For Input Rule Sets I used the Ethernet category. For Output Rule Sets I used the Broadband Connection (Ethernet) Rule Sets.

Mine looks like this now:

[Image: cIsAD6o.jpg]

I have definitely seen an improvement, but it is not 100% fool proof. For example, I just tried watching the Wolverine trailer on YouTube and there was still some buffering on 1080p, but I think much better than before.


RE: How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speeds - Days of Broken Arrows - 03-30-2013 06:58 PM

Is this just for YouTube, or does is work for other streaming sites, like DailyMotion and Veehd?

I stay away from YouTube, since it allows Google to monitor what you watch (if you have GMail, which I stupidly do). I think there is going to be a big migration to other video streaming sites, so anything to speed them along would be great...

(03-30-2013 10:26 AM)Menace Wrote:  Do you ever notice how YouTube sucks frequently? Despite having a fast internet connection, it is always buffering, especially on the 720p and 1080p video quality.

This is not an accident. Your speed is being throttled.

I originally found this on reddit, and you can also refer to this blog post here:

http://mitchribar.com/2013/02/time-warner-cable-sucks-for-youtube-twitchtv/

Bottom line is that you need to block a range of IP addresses, either on your computer, but preferably your router at home. If you block them on your router, then all of your devices at home can benefit from this.

What to Block

I used this IP range calculator (http://www.csgnetwork.com/ipinfocalc.html) to convert from the /24 and /16 notation into actual IP ranges because my router (a Verizon FIOS router from Motorola) did not support the /24 and /16 block notation.

You need to block: 173.194.55.1 - 173.194.55.254 and 206.111.0.1 - 206.111.255.254.

I blocked both incoming and outcoming data, but from my recollection of the reddit thread only outcoming may be necessary.

How to Block

This may be more than some of you guys are used to fucking with. Basically you need to go into your router and get into the firewall configuration.

If you use Verizon FiOS go to Firewall Settings (click Yes to proceed through warning). Click on Advanced Filtering on the left.

For Input Rule Sets I used the Ethernet category. For Output Rule Sets I used the Broadband Connection (Ethernet) Rule Sets.

Mine looks like this now:

[Image: cIsAD6o.jpg]

I have definitely seen an improvement, but it is not 100% fool proof. For example, I just tried watching the Wolverine trailer on YouTube and there was still some buffering on 1080p, but I think much better than before.



RE: How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speeds - Screwston - 03-30-2013 07:02 PM

I don't want to hijack the thread but I asked this before and nobody answered. Is there anything I can do if Firefox is loading slow as hell? It keeps getting stuck "Loading ...." and I have to refresh over and over. I can still download nice and fast but the browser is loading pages, videos, etc real slow.