On Tuesday 01 December 2009 21:15:34 nicpaul wrote:
Hi there support,
I installed Freenet the other day and tested a couple of links.
Within an hour my entire monthly quota down/upload from my service provider
had been used up. I have never approached, let alone reach my quota before!
As that was the last day of the service month - not a problem as I didn't
have access to full speed broadband for only one day.
However, the same thing has occurred again. I have therefore uninstalled
This brings up cost and usage issues, plus in countries like China surely
they only have to look for massive down/uploads to figure out who may have
Freenet installed? Or was my installation wrong?
Sorry about that. In future (very soon) the first-time wizard will be a lot
clearer about how much bandwidth Freenet will use, showing both the bandwidth
limit per second and the amount of data transferred per month.
Unfortunately there is very little we can do about this. Freenet is a peer to
peer network. That means that your bandwidth is not just used for your
requests, it's also used for other people's requests. And it's anonymous,
meaning that requests have to be relayed across 5 or more nodes before they are
satisfied. The data is cached, but still, it is hard to avoid using several
tens of gigs a month. In future we will have average bandwidth limiting, but
1GB a month works out to 400 bytes per second, so it's unlikely we will be able
to limit it to anything that low.
Our information is that Chinese internet connections are typically limited to
some number of hours at some bandwidth level, rather than having a monthly
traffic cap. Peer to peer (not Freenet, torrents etc) is pretty common in
China, this may partly explain it. Of course there are many difficulties with
running Freenet in China, for example the authorities may try to block it.
Darknet mode where you only connect to your friends is very difficult to
block, but your friends need to be online at the same time as you are - so
there's a lot of unfinished business.
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