FastSoft creates a hardware download accelerator?

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This company is advertising a hardware add-on that will multiply your outgoing bandwidth by 10-30x. I’m not sure how much of this is real, how much is PR, and how much is pure snake oil. Check the technology section. They say the speed increase is due to “bypassing the limitations of the TCP protocol.” I’m not sure what they mean by that and that’s about as technical as the article gets. Apparently it’s a one-sided thing, too — only the sender needs the FastSoft box to accelerate the transfer.

Now, in real life, transfer speed generally finds itself limited by the provider’s upstream or in the user’s downstream. I have a 30Mbps downstream but I rarely download faster than 300KB/s or so, though I know technically my end is capable of far more. It kind of makes me sound like an entitled child, but really, why are so many sites stuck in 1999? 40KB/s when I’m downloading a 700MB game demo? Hell no! Buy one of these things already!

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