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    Internet speeds

    Was in one of my schools over the holidays just me and another techinition. Had all the computers on but none of them were logged on.

    We needed a file of the internet was 1 gb started downloading and did a speed test and we got a download speed of 0.8 Mb I checked and we should have a 2Mb line so called up our ISP who said they would look into it. I turned all the computers off except for the one downloading , the server and the one doing the speed test. still the speed stayed the same. Once the file had stopped down loading the speed test showed 2.1MB . Our ISP then rang back and said that the speed will drop when there is someone downloading files.

    I may be wrong here but I always thought it was 2Mb that came in and that was accross the board. So what happens if we have a class full of kids on internet wont that kill it?

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    it is probably 2mb across the board but one pc can hog it. I managed at out office to cripple our internet by downloading an iso from ms (probably a win7 dvd) and effectively stopping anyone else even surfing the internet

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    Real Player used to be a pig for this.

    At a previous place I had office / back-office staff in early who liked to put on Terry Wogan ... and Real Player would hog whatever was available and not give anything back when others came online. On the 10 meg line we could have 6+meg being grabbed for streaming radio ... I had to fiddle around with QoS to get things happy in the end, to complaints from office staff. I pointed out to the powers that be that I would be happy to cough up to move to a 100 meg line, but it would probably cheaper to buy some radios for each office instead.

    And so staff brought in radios instead.

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    Windows updates is a bandwidth hog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    If you want to make sure that bandwidth can't be hogged by a single machine, you need some form of traffic management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    If you want to make sure that bandwidth can't be hogged by a single machine, you need some form of traffic management.

    What you suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Windows updates is a bandwidth hog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That's why you should setup WSUS internally to download updates out of hours, then use your internal LAN to distribute updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattDLEA View Post
    What you suggest?
    I believe Smoothwall or IPCop can do this.

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    @localzuk - Yep, with smoothwall you can set bandwidth limits for your clients. Is quite useful... our Ruckus system can also do bandwidth limiting... very useful!

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