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Seriphyn
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My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Hey folks!
I just negotiated with PlusNet to give me unlimited internet for less than £10 extra Grin (I was half-expecting to hear the typical British 'computer says no!' so PlusNet = awesome)
Anyway, there's a bit of a problem with the current setup. I live in a first floor flat, an old building in Aberdeen made of granite and so forth. The phone line is in my room, in fact, it's actually coming out of a glued hole in the window frame to the telephone pole just a couple metres outside. So, this is where my router consequentially, on my desk right next to the window.
I have a beastly desktop (cost £2000 grand to get it custom-made, I totally got my priorities right, right?). It is connected directly via ethernet to the router on my desk. My flatmate, however, has a problem. He is in his own room, which is about 7.5-10 metres away. He has a laptop that goes via wireless connection. He says his connection is fine, but only until my desktop is turned on, after which, his laptop has a miserable connection. It's annoying him a bit, heard him yell a couple times as a connection to a streaming football game has cut off.
I have a Netgear DGN2000. I have attempted to access the router, go into "Wireless Settings" and up the "Wireless Network > Mode" from "Up to 130mbps" to "Up to 270mbps" (other options are g & b, g only and b only). However, when I did that, he said it goes worse, so I dropped it back down. Whenever my computer is off, it is reportedly fine. I have not investigated his laptop as atm it's a point of contention and I've been too shy to ask him to see what I could do (like sit in my room to see if that makes a difference). He did say that moving into the kitchen (which is adjacent to my room) did nothing.
Any ideas? I feel like a git, tbh, as he's paying me rent and I'm obliged to provide him with Internet access. Thanks in advance!
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StuartUK35
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

if you run a 'torrent' tool on your machine, and half the time, even if its doing nothing, these thing kill your bandwith.....
only thing i can think of.....
or, your running somthing which use's all your available bandwith, so the other guy cant get a look in.... etc etc
Superuser
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

If your PC is running Windows you might find the Networx monitoring tool useful for identifying the network traffic it is originating. Networx has an option to report only WAN (Internet) traffic.
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Quote from: Seriphyn
I just negotiated with PlusNet to give me unlimited internet for less than £10 extra Grin

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Nice deal.  Smiley
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

You may find that the Networx tool shows no unusual usage.  It does sound like your computer may actually be causing RF interference with the wifi.
I'd try siting the router a bit further away from your computer itself and see if that makes a difference.
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

I'd go along with Barry's thoughts. If you power on your PC and immediately go in to the BIOS setup so that Windows doesn't start and he sees the problem it definitely means it's some sort of interference.
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Seriphyn
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Hey, thanks for your replies so far. I will definitely try moving around the router (but short distance from phone line means it won't be by much).
Interestingly enough, the xbox 360 does not slow down when playing online multiplayer on xbox LIVE. This is even further away from the router than his laptop. Possibly something wrong with his laptop, then?
Superuser
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Is his laptop by any chance a Dell? Any idea what wireless card it might be using?
David
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

If he's trying to watch streaming TV then you will need a fast connection for both of you to be online at the same time.  So what is your routers connection speed/speedtest results?
Ideally you need 2mbit each plus a spare margin/overhead, if both of you are doing the same and watching on demand TV or live TV.  Worse if it's HD TV streams then that requires a lot more to not buffer 3-4mbit.
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Seriphyn
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Well, apparently it was only really bad over the weekend, and speaking to him about it directly, it seems only streaming seems to be a problem. Everything else is fine. We get a ping of 40ms each, jitter of 2-4ms (he got 2) and same speeds of 12-15mbps depending on the day. He neglected to tell me streaming was the issue, and everything else was fine!
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Hmm. Does streaming work fine on other PCs?
Seriphyn
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Not so sure about streaming...something else just came up...
As of right now, his laptop is not connecting wirelessly. On this computer, wired, I'm getting 13mbps. I busted out my laptop, took it to the living room, and for a couple minutes got 0.24mbps, then waited, it hopped up to 6mbps.
I asked him to try again on his laptop and it's not working for him. His laptop's wireless adapter is Atheros AR5B91. I'm about to try getting a USB wireless adapter from the basement, see if that works.
jojopillo
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

HI Seriphyn,
Where is he streaming from? Could be the laptop or wireless interference? Worth trying it via ethernet if that's the case.
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Re: My computer hogs all the bandwidth!

Quote from: Seriphyn
I have a beastly desktop (cost £2000 grand to get it custom-made, I totally got my priorities right, right?). It is connected directly via ethernet to the router on my desk. My flatmate, however, has a problem. He is in his own room, which is about 7.5-10 metres away. He has a laptop that goes via wireless connection. He says his connection is fine, but only until my desktop is turned on, after which, his laptop has a miserable connection. It's annoying him a bit, heard him yell a couple times as a connection to a streaming football game has cut off.
I have a Netgear DGN2000. I have attempted to access the router, go into "Wireless Settings" and up the "Wireless Network > Mode" from "Up to 130mbps" to "Up to 270mbps" (other options are g & b, g only and b only). However, when I did that, he said it goes worse, so I dropped it back down. Whenever my computer is off, it is reportedly fine. I have not investigated his laptop as atm it's a point of contention and I've been too shy to ask him to see what I could do (like sit in my room to see if that makes a difference). He did say that moving into the kitchen (which is adjacent to my room) did nothing.

10m - especially with a couple of walls is a long way for wireless. He is lucky to get anything.
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