07-17-2005, 10:40 AM
So a while back someone gave me a subscription
to PC Magazine as a gift. big deal. thank you.
i usually file them with the empty bud bottles & pizza boxes in the kitchen "file cabnet".
but this month i saw an artical on MS LONGHORN the new M$ 64bit OS and decided to thumb through & get the scoop rather than toss it in the trash as i normally do.

and i found an ad for this little gem of a device.

PRODUCT PDF INFO (http://www.hawkingtech.com/images/misc/HBB1%20tutorial%20Final%20LR.pdf)

reading up on it..it would seem to be a big help with packet loss issiues that WE ALL must deal with in online play. let's face it....while FB/PF's net code is good....IMO it has always been a little lacking. Packet loss is rampant and can lead to problems like getting yer butt kicked from servers (repeatedly), to those .50 cals not fully registering all thier hits on that 190 that's in your gunsite.

So i'm wondering if this little bugger will help out any at all with lag in PF.
since i'm building the MONSTER SYSTEM at the moment i'm looking for any neat littel gadgits that will complement the new rig. this one seem right up my alley.

here's the specs.

Hawking Technology
Broadband Booster
Model: HBB1

The average home or work network has two or more computers accessing the internet simultaneously. Whether they are sending email attachments, making internet VoIP phone calls or playing games online, their applications will have an effect on one another as each application fights for bandwidth in a specific network. The result is a slowdown in ALL applications called "internet lag."

The Broadband Booster is a plug and play device that is placed between your internet modem and router that eliminates "internet lag" in your network. It manages and "boosts" your internet applications as they exit your network onto the internet for a more efficient usage of your network's bandwidth. The result is a "lag-free" experience from all internet applications!

The Broadband Booster streamlines and manages data traffic for these spplications for an overall better experience for all users:

-VoIP Inernet Phone Calls
-Web Cam Streaming Video
-Internet Cameras
-Online Console Gaming (Xbox Live, PS2 etc...)
-Online PC Gaming
-P2P File Sharing Programs (Bitorrent, Kazaa etc...)
-Web Servers, Web-Hosting
-Video Conferencing via the Internet
-Instant Messaging (MSN, AIM etc...)
-Emailing with Attachments


-Boost the Speed of your Internet Applications by up to 400%
-Compatible with all Home or Work Broadband Networks
-Improves Email, VOIP, Web Cam, Online Gaming, Instant Messaging and overall network performance
-Great for Networks with Multiple Computers (2 or more)
-Eliminates Lag in Online Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC Gaming
-Plug and Play Installation â"€œ Automatic Configuration

Price range is around: $106.95 - $115.45
and can be purchased from the Hawkings store, several online retailers, and many us retail chaines like Curcit City, best buy, ect.

SO anyone else think this might be a "good buy"

Product home page Link (http://www.hawkingtech.com/prodSpec.php?ProdID=251)

07-17-2005, 11:00 AM
It would help IF your lag problem was caused by your home network having other applications botch your connection.

If the server, the server ISP, or your ISP is the problem or parts in between it isn't going to help one bit.

07-17-2005, 11:07 AM
There's still going to be packet loss, lag, and the like caused by everything outside of your network.

If your network isn't running properly then this may help...heck it may help even if it is running properly...but then there is the half dozen jumps between your computer and the server you're playing on that can cause issues too.

07-17-2005, 11:18 AM
Some routers have this built in already. TBH I don't think it would help much with games, it sounds as if it's designed to stop traffic bottlenecks when you have several computers connected to the net or several applications running.

It might be worth getting in its router form if you were thinking of getting a router anyway, but I wouldn't expect it work miracles. Turning off background apps that use the net and getting a decent provider would probably do more good.

07-17-2005, 01:05 PM
this is a gimmick from hell.

just use the real deal, QOS:


that is a qos mod for smoothwall. smoothwall is a stipped down firewall version of linux that will run on a 15 year old 100mhz computer. and its free!

here is my setup:


first is my base class set at 228kbit. this is the maximum speed that will be allowed to upload from the firewall. my isp cap is 256kbit, i find that 228kbit max works good and keeps from congesting the modem.

now my first class, class 10, gives #1 priority to the icmp (ping) protocal and the udp protocal. udp protocal is used to transmit all data from client to server in online games.

next class, 15, gives #2 priority to the ip address that my web server is on.

class 20 is next giving #3 priority to web browsing on ports 80 (http) and 443 (https)

class 25 gives my email a priority of #4

class 30 gives ftp transfers priority of #5

now class 90. the most important. this class gives any unclassified traffic a priority of 7. unclassified as in any port that was not listed in the above classes gets the lowest priority. which on my network is mainly p2p stuff.

so what does all this mean?

it means people on my network can be browsing the net, checking email, uploading ftp stuff and using the hell out of emule all while i play il-2 lag free http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

if you are interested all you need is an old computer to run smoothwall on. and yes qos is pretty complext but just start reading everything in that thread and do searches on google and in just 2 weeks you will be a master at it. very easy and very rewarding.

and and another thing i like about smoothwall is the "Squid" webcacher. you can set it to use how ever much of the firewalls hard drive to store web data that comes through so that away when/if the data is ever requested again it will be pulled from the firewall instead of the internet. makes for very fast picture loading on sites you visit offten http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

07-17-2005, 04:34 PM
Sam is absolutly correct. Just use QOS (quality of service). There are several options available. Also, as pointed out, it will not effect lag caused by stuff outside your network/computer.