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I'm having an issue with the bandwidth usage on our network. Basically, we have a 17 Gig limit on our download usage, which is no problem. The problem is that we seem to get close to our limit in a very fast period of time. Some of the users have downloaded music files and videos. i know that eats up a ton of bandwidth, but what i'd like to know is what else will use it up so fast? One user pretty much consistantly has her instant messenger on and is hooked up by way of WiFi connection. I'm hooked up by way of that nice little black box and a phone line. The box comes from our satellite provider. At the main modem is a laptop and the router. Does the use of a router and WiFi increase bandwidth usage? What about me being connected by phone line?
Thanks for the info. I never had this problem when I was hardwired into the system.
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P2P programs are the main culprits for sucking up monthly bandwidth quotas. Instant Messaging can, if files are sent back and forth between users. Wi-Fi makes no odds, its just the way of connecting to your router.
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