RapidShare: NIC Tricks and MAC Cloning to Bypass Download Limit

Posted May 7, 2006 by TheFed in Internet

This tutorial describes how I get what I want from RapidShare without having to wait the 60+ minutes between downloads.


First, I have two methods that I use. Granted, this is still one file at a time, but you will not have to wait an hour or more between downloads.

The first method involves having two NICs and a hub. My ISP(Internet Service Provider) uses static IPs (Roadrunner).

1. Download a file from RapidShare.

2. Disable one nic, and activate another after download is complete.
While NIC is activating, restart the modem. The ISP will assign a new IP.

3. Download another file.

4. When the download is complete, create a bridge between NICs while restarting the modem. Your ISP will assign a new IP.

This will get you three files in the time limit set by RapidShare. This method is not that high-speed, but it is better than one file an hour.

The second method uses a MAC cloaning application. It will allow you to change the MAC address of your NIC.

Install the MAC cloaning app (search Google from appz). Different apps have different procedures. Read the help file to figure out what you are doing. I use SMAC because it is rather simple.

1. Download a file from RapidShare.

2. Change the MAC address. (Do not change it until the current file has finished downloading.)

3. Restart your modem. The ISP will issue a new IP for a new MAC address. This takes less than 15 seconds.

4. Download another file from RapidShare.

I know these methods are not the greatest, but I have not found anything else that works as painlessly as these.

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