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How come Netflix streeming is slow when my other computers are on the network? 

by on February 5, 2011

Q: I have my desktop and two laptops connected to my router as well as my Wii. I just added netflix and when using it, and if the pc or laptops are connected, the netflix has streaming interruptions. Ive checked and yes my Internet slows up. Do I really have to be off the internet for Netflix to work or can I do something else?

 
 

How can I monitor bandwidth usage on our Internet connection? 

by on May 29, 2010

Q: I have 4 computers, used by me, my dad, and my sisters. Dad just used 20GB of internet in just 1 day, and it was in PEAK so my internet is slowed.

My dad refuses to believe that it was him even though it was him. I need firstly prove to him with IP address and monitor future bandwidths so we don’t get capped.

 
 

Is EAM better than Spector? 

by on November 18, 2009

Q: Which one is better for monitoring employee computer activity? Some friends recommended EAM but others say Spector.

 
 

The Effect Of Video Streaming On A Network 

by on January 30, 2008

Q: Can watching videos or listening to the radio online slows down my internet and network for the rest of the users?

A: The answer to this is yes but it depends on your network configuration as to how much it would effect other users.

The average audio feed (listening to the radio) takes about 128 kbps, which is about 1/12th the available bandwidth of a T1.

The average streaming video uses about 300 kbps, which is about 1/5th the available bandwidth of a T1 line.

If we do the math we notice that if we have a few people using an audio feed and a few people using video feeds the bandwidth of a T1 could easily be consumed, which would cause the internet to be slow for everyone in the office. Users trying to send or receive email are going to encounter dramatic slowness and many times errors and failures trying to do so because the network’s bandwidth is being used for entertainment purposes.

I hope that this gives you an idea of how video and radio can absorb an extreme amount of bandwidth from the network.