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What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

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What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

I have just been having a look at "my usage"..... and see that I have been using "Peer to Peer"    =  1.05 mb in Peak time, and 70.19 KB in Off Peak time.....
problem is.... I don`t know what Peer to Peer is....  can someone explain please......
Oh and by the way..... Apparently I have been doing FTP (non plusnet) stuff too...... =  1.04KB Peak time, and 0.72 kb Off peak time.....
as I understand it, FTP is when you upload or download to your website..... well, I haven`t done any of that since before November last year..... so what is that (non plusnet) stuff? I certainly don`t FTP to anyone else....
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Mand
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

Peer to Peer is used for filesharing (anything from linux distros to music files).
FTP is uploading/downloading from webspace.
It could be that that traffic was misidentified, the Ellacoya's can't be 100% accurate and will identify based on protocol and port number).
Those numbers are very very small, so I wouldn't worry about it at this stage.
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

Thanks for the reply, Mand..... by the way,...... can you explain why I have got this on my usage too?
Broadband phonecalls  peak  16.52KB      off peak  4.83KB          total 21.36KB
Especially as I do not use the internet for phone calls.....haven`t got a voip phone, and don`t know how to use one ..... !
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

For the same reason as you've got the other stuff I explained above. Wink
Again, they are miniscule amounts so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

not particularly "worried" about it.....
it just seems strange, that you have this system of analysing my usage. and I haven`t been doing any of those things.....
If I get a letter from ACS law saying I have been using "peer to peer" and illegal filesharing..... then I cannot deny it..... as your system is proving otherwise....
That is what I am worried about......
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

The Plusnet usage meter would not be admissable as evidence anyway, as it's not 100% accurate.
A bit like the begging letters from ACS:Law and Davenport Lyons.
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

Oh good..... so I can  R. I. P. then......  Wink
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?


Shutter,
Are you using a Wireless connection?
If so, just wondering if there is any chance that someone else is stealing your connection?
This can happen (so I`m told) just by someone sitting in a car outside someone`s house, with their PC
and using it, or even from a neighbour  (cheeky yes, but it does happen)
If you are using Wireless, then have you been into the router settings and secured your connection?
I`m no expert in this department but I was warned about it, and I opted to connect to the internet using
an ethernet cable.
I`m sure there will be others on here who can offer you more advice, or maybe try the Router forum.
Hope this helps. 
Moominfish
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

Rose,
It looks like the amounts are so small it's highly unlikely (even if Shutter was on a wireless connection) that someone would download such a miniscule amount.
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Re: What is "Peer to Peer" traffic?

Yes, I am on wireless connection, and yes I have got the security set up properly.... so no problem about "hangers on ". !