YouTube and Netflix
Did you know that using HD resolution generates four times more traffic on the Tamaani network than using standard definition, and that it also takes four times longer to load your videos? In order to speed up your video experience and preserve good service for the rest of your community, we suggest the following settings:
For YouTube, place your cursor over the video you are watching and you will see a settings pane appear at the bottom of the video. Guide your cursor to the gear-shaped icon and select 240p or 360p. Then, click to put a check in the box that says “Slow Connection? Never play high definition videos”.
For Netflix, click on “Your Account” in the upper-right corner of the screen. This will take you to a different page where you need to select “Manage Video Quality” from the list. This in turn will take you to a page where you can select “Good Quality”.
Dropbox is a great tool but, like many other Cloud services, it is far from ideal on a satellite infrastructure. There is one golden rule to using Dropbox and it is to always keep your files in the Dropbox folder even when you work on them. You should not move files in and out of the folder to work on them. Dropbox is a smart little guy and when you modify a file and save it, it will look for the differences and update only that part of the file, instead of re-uploading the whole file. This will result in less outbound traffic on the satellite and faster sync times on your end.
In your Dropbox settings, you should also disable the “LAN Sync” function. This will result in fewer broadcasts on the network and help preserve good service for the rest of your community.
Using Peer-to-Peer on a satellite-based service with limited bandwidth is never a good idea because it uses a lot of sessions/connections and can quickly saturate the Tamaani network. That being said, if you really must use Peer-To-Peer, there are a few guidelines that can make it work better for you while at the same time preserving good service for the rest of the your community. Here they are:
Limit how much and how fast you share. This will keep the upload capacity available for others without penalizing your download speed. The first thing is to set a maximum upload speed. We suggest a maximum of 5kB/s for the upload. Then, you need to limit your share ration to 0.25. This means that, if you get a file of 100 Mb, you will only give back 25Mb to other peers.
Limit the amount of open sessions/connections you authorize. While this will limit the amount of sources you are using simultaneously to get your file, a good P2P client will try to give you the best performing sources. In the end, therefore, the download time will balance out. We suggest a global limit of 75 sessions/connections and a limit of 25 sessions/connections per active download. You should also limit your active transfers to 4 and your active downloads to between 1 and 3.