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How can BT tell the # of actual users? Also service levels?
On Thu, 12 Aug 2004 11:15:06 +0100, (Peter) wrote:
BT offer a "single PC" BB package. I spoke to them yesterday and they
say they have software to detect multiple users. I asked how can they
tell, given that they even give people a NAT router which conceals all
stuff behind it? They said they can still tell, and kick people off.
I suppose they could detect usage which is unlikely to come from a
single *human* user, e.g. concurrent HTTP sessions. But they could
come from a piece of software.... like a www browser!! Perhaps
concurrent POP sessions?
So, how can they tell?
Sequence numbering on the packets is one indication. While it's not
going to be 100% conclusive it will (especially if Windows is the OS
in use) be indicative of more than one TCP/IP stack in use. ie there's
more than one machine behind the NAT.
Why they should give a damn is another matter entirely.
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