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Help me bypass download restrictions on a University network
    #4537709 - 08/15/05 01:49 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Hey folks;

Next month, I'm moving into University accommodation. My room will have a hard-wired connection to the university network, through which I'll access the internet. An allowance of data transfer will be assigned to me. While I'm not certain of the specifics of the setup, I thought that I'd ask early, so as to prepare a workaround if possible.

Basically, I don't want my internet data transfer to be capped. From a little background reading, I predict that the University network will assign data transfer limits based on MAC address recognition of individual computers. My question is simply this: is there any reason that assigning my computer an arbitrary MAC address wouldn't allow me to use up multiple data allowance limits, switching MAC addresses between each?

I don't know a great deal about this subject, but I am familiar with computers and reasonably intelligent, and would really like to know if this will work/why not/what might work instead.


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Re: Help me bypass download restrictions on a University network [Re: OJK]
    #4538990 - 08/15/05 07:04 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Is there a way to release the ip and get a new one, thus more net time?  I've often thought of trying that myself but never did...  :cool:

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Re: Help me bypass download restrictions on a University network [Re: OJK]
    #4540339 - 08/16/05 12:24 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I once attended a school with similar rules. I brought a linksys router with me that allows me to assign a custom mac address and put that between myself and the network. I changed mac addresses about once every three days and had no problems with being capped.

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Re: Help me bypass download restrictions on a University network [Re: z@z.com]
    #4540378 - 08/16/05 12:38 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

But wouldn't it seeing the new MAC address in that certain location still have caps on it? Caps can be centralized in a certain area. I don't think they cap that much or at least they didn't at the university I attending...It's only used if your uploading a serious amount of information, which they can clearly see as file sharing....

But if you could change the MAC address every so often and not get caps...They do make progs for Windows that allows you to spoof(change) your MAC address...So instead of getting an expensive router you could do this instead....I used to spoof my MAC address all the time for getting caught doing P2P. They'd shut my account of the internet and the next day I'd just spoof my MAC address and get right back on

It all depends on how they go about doing the speed caps...and how their network is setup

if you need a url for the prog just ask...

Edited by D00B (08/16/05 01:00 AM)

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Re: Help me bypass download restrictions on a University network [Re: D00B]
    #4542828 - 08/16/05 04:58 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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