If you’re a gamer, and I bet you are because you’re looking at a gaming site right now, you probably watch a lot of gaming videos on YouTube like I do. There’s lots of reasons to fire up YouTube, like when a new game is announced and I need to view some trailers and research its gameplay or I realy just chill out and watch some people get trolled. Unfortunately, the service has been running really slow lately so I went out on the web in search of something that would sort me out and didn’t cost a penny.
Fortunately, I found just the thing and now YouTube videos are streaming up fast – very fast – maybe faster than I’ve ever seen them so I figured I’d share with all you fine people out there in internetland!
It seems the problem is that a number of ISP’s are throttling download speeds from various CDN’s (content delivery networks) which serve cached videos. What this means is if you go to YouTube and the video you are trying to watch is hosted on one of those CDN’s, your streaming will be wicked slow because your ISP is choking the traffic. By blocking the IP addresses of the CND’s, you can force the videos to be streamed directly to you, which bypasses this throttling and lets you get your videos in record time.
So how do we do this? Well, it’s a fairly simple process:
- The first thing we have to do is open a command prompt in Administrator mode. This is easy as pie. Simply click your Start button and in the text field at the bottom (where you can type) type in the letters “CMD”. You should see CMD.exe listed above now. Next, you will want to right click on CMD.exe and choose the option to “Run as Administrator”.
- When the window pops up, simply copy and paste the following line, which tells Windows to add a rule called “FleshEatingZipperTube” to the Windows Firewall which will block the CDNs.
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”FleshEatingZipperTube” dir=in action=block remoteip=18.104.22.168/24,22.214.171.124/16 enable=yes
- When you hit Enter, it should say OK.
- Now refresh your YouTube videos and BAM. Wicked fast.
- If, for some reason, you decide you need to remove the rule, open the command prompt again, as shown previously, and enter this:
netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name=”FleshEatingZipperTube”
Done and done! Have fun streaming videos!