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Reviewed by Bob Tait [05.17.06]
Edited by Trevor Flynn
Manufactured by: Hawking Technology


The Test

First of all I'm going to do something I do fairly regularly. I'm going to play my favorite online game, I'll go to another desktop and fire up some streaming audio to listen to, then I'll download a game demo via a torrent, I'll also upload a large file to an FTP site. By monitoring the FTP upload speed we will be able to determine if the QoS is working on the Broadband Booster as the speed relies solely upon my connection.

I'll then power my modem down and plug the Broadband Booster between my router and the Modem and repeat the same test...What do you think will happen??

The Results

First off I tried the test out with a conventional D-Link DI-604 router. 

I first fired up the FTP upload to a close by fast and stable FTP site.

I got an upload speed of about 58 KB/s which is very close to the maximum speed I can upload. I then fired up a music stream from shoutcast at a quality of 128 KB/s. I didn't notice any real change. I then started downloading a large game demo on another computer and got a speed of 521 KB/s. FTP speed dipped to about 48 KB/s.

I stopped the download and fired up an online game on a different PC and there was little to no change in the FTP upload speed. My ping on this particular server averaged about 140, so I decided to resume the download while playing the game. My download resumed at a slower speed of 333 KB/s and I started experiencing LAG when the game got busy. My ping also dropped to an average of 180.

I stopped all internet traffic except for my online game and my ping dropped to an average of 40 and my gaming experience was as smooth as silk.

After reading the instructions I proceeded to power down my router and modem.  After inserting the Broadband Booster between the router and modem as directed, I powered on the modem and router, waited for my modem to establish it's connection and then powered on the Broadband booster.  There were lights, green and blue so I knew "something" was happening.  The blue light indicates that the device is boosting the signal. So I fired up my browser to determine if all was well and a nifty message popped up telling me that the Broadband Booster was analyzing my connection and that all would be well in a moment. I must say that was a nice touch. Installing the Broadband Booster was a painless and quick process. So now that everything was working I resumed the test.

I first of all started the FTP upload again to the same server and got the same upload speed. I turned on the streaming music and as before nothing changed. I then started to dowload the same file from the same server and got a speed of 522 KB/s. The FTP upload was immediately dropped to 42 KB/s.

I then played my online game on the same server while downloading the file. I immediately noticed that my ping was on average only 75, my download slowed slightly to 500 KB/s and the FTP upload speed dropped to 35 KB/s and more importantly I experienced no lag even during the nastiest firefights. The QoS was working ! It prioritized the time sensitive applications such as online gaming and limited those applications such as FTP.

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