Like bad pennies and Nigerian money scams, those bogus offers to speed up your online connection keep coming back.
Jason Wallwork saw that claim on YouTube, but fortunately, his BS detectors were working five-by-five.
* "I don't really believe this is true, but a video on YouTube claims you can speed up your Internet by 80% by changing one setting. "Would changing it get a boost at all in Internet speed? Is it even safe to touch? I've heard about [Quality of Service] QoS before, but I don't know which applications are QoS-aware. Can you shed some light on this?"
That's the first item in my latest weekly Q&A column for WindowsSecrets.com; the item goes on to discuss QoS, and how it should be handled. Other reader questions this week:
That particular hoax stems from a misunderstanding of the Quality of Service network setting. QoS first appeared in Windows 2000 a full decade ago. It's been in every version of Windows since, including Windows 7. (See Figure 1.) It was originally designed as a technology to improve networking over slow and noisy telephone lines.
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