Domestic odd network/internet speed issue
At my home (a farm) there are two main properties
The first house has the phone line and main router (BT Home hub) but we have cat5 running underground to the second building (my place) which has a couple of 8 port switches, with my sheevaplug Linux torrent machine connected to one of them.
I usually have torrents ticking away all the time.
Recently my step-dad in the main house was having trouble with internet access being slow (PDFs take ages/don't complete, etc...) and experimented with disconnecting my cat5 connection at his end.
The connection immediately improved.
We've since tested this with me sitting in his house using a speed checker and pausing/resuming the torrent client.
I don't notice any speed issues my end on my laptop/phone connected via wireless access point hanging off of one of the switches, whether the torrents are running or not.
I would like to keep using torrents but can't really (during the day at least) if it practically disables my parents internet at their house.
Any ideas why a few measly trickling torrents would cause network/internet slowing? especially as it doesn't seem to affect me?
any tiups on improving the situation, that enables me to still use torrents?