I personally think the whole reserved bandwidth optimization is a whole lotta hokey, -- but here it is just the same:
Start - Run -
Expand the following: Computer Configuration, Administrative Template, Network, and then QoS packet scheduler - if it isn't on, turn it on and set it to 0% bandwidth.
I want a 64 bit processor *cry*! 64-bit Linux: Ready for prime time?
For your laptop woes. Looks like your TCP/IP stack isn't correctly getting an update from winblowz os, so if you are getting a ip from each server via DHCP and this is happening - do a:
To get the DHCP working for either connection for the laptop - check to see what your Gateway is suppose to be, and you may want to change it under your IP protocol properties (Start - Network connection - properties of your connection.
[For W98 do a Start - Run - winipcfg, and for XP its the below. There is a graphical ipcfg for XP, but I don't know where to get it off hand - but had one at one time.]
Start - Run -
ipconfig /release *Con*
ipconfig /renew all
This should get the proper DNS, and IP from whatever one you are connected to. If you feel the need, you can also clean out your DNS cache - ipconfig /flushdns.
So basically your machine needs three important things (and other that support them) its identification (IP addy), the Gateway IP, and how to look for Internet addresses (DNS). The DNS servers will translate/resolve addresses to the number (ie 127.0.0.1) identification. If your machine doesn't know these three things - you're SOL.
I recommend that you only have ONE
thing checked for protocols...Just your IP Protocol.
Under your connection properties you'll see:
Client for Windows
File and Printer Sharing
QoS packet Scheduler
IP Protocol TCP/IP
Since it only needs those very important three things in IP Protocol TCP/IP (in the case of DHCP connects) - why bother with the other crap i say. My cable ISP gave me an install CDROM - can you believe it - and entire CDROM installation - when you only need these three things! (I only need the Gateway, which gives me the DNS server(s) IP and my IP automagically) If you go through a login process, PPP, or some other type like VPN then there will be more or a different process.
If your ISP is intentionally limiting or its just oversold/used during peak hours, there is probably not much you can do - but if you feel it something else - I'd recommend looking into your packet settings - You can get Dr. TCP (manually enter parameters - which I don't recommend)or another 3rd party app (xteq is free, or tweakXP etc) to figure out our optimal packet size, length, width, height, favorite colour, and you get the picture. This is where I got significant gains. It doesn't help to fill a bucket of sand with a teaspoon (packet size) when I can set my sand spoon to be bigger per trip...or wonder for 2 mins where one of my spoons went...
The other thing I mentioned was the surboard hacking - do some searches on broadband forums for your model number and see if people have been successful... Now, mucking with the ware on a rented/leased cable modem will probably get you into trouble, so just a warning - and I don't know how they deal with people changing their bandwidth caps on their equipment - I would think if it is your equipment it wouldn't be an issue. But anyway, just a warning.
The USB 1.0 thing, I wouldn't recommend it - but have no proof or experience with how good USB 1.0 is for networking - I've read some stuff on people having problems connecting usb to cable modems but don't know anything specifically. To do two network devices in a laptop, you might have to use hardware pofiles to work things out...