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Weird Unexplaineable Thing Happened

Ender_Mist
  • 45 months ago

So at my high school, I use HotSpot Shield to unblock YouTube, mainly. So I conducted an interesting test. I went to speedtest.net and tested my speed before and after activating the HotSpot Shield. Before activating it, my upload speed was 23 Mb/s. After turning it on, it was 55 Mb/s. What? How? Is this actually accurate, or does it just think my speed is this high?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

did you change locations in the school? You maybe sitting closer to the access point(s). Either that or your wireless card could be inconsistent.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

no, same exact place

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Random GuessTM : By routing yourself through a VPN, you may be bypassing a bunch of rules in the school's firewall, which the school doubtless set up to, among other things, prevent malware from spreading or communicating with C&C. Firewall rules take non-zero time to process and, school budgets being what they are, the firewall may not be particularly fast. So, by bypassing the school's firewall, you got a speed boost.

By bypassing the firewall, you also (potentially) exposed the school's computer to drive-by attacks (VPNs go both ways, y'know)...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

huh. Good theory.

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