| By Fred Langa |
Like bad pennies and Nigerian money scams, those bogus offers to speed up your online connection keep coming back.
Most of these speedup come-ons give bad advice — disable Windows’ networking Quality of Service feature.
Speed up your Internet connection by 80%!
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?”
It all 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.
Figure 1. All versions of Windows support the Quality of Service networking parameter. QoS has been a source of confusion — and bad advice — ever since it first appeared in Windows 2000. (Win7 shown.)