I have recently set-up a home network, which consists of a Belkin Wireless router conected to which is:
2 wired PC's on XP
1 wireless PC (mine) >> Wireless Router >> 576k ADSL
1 wireless laptop
1 wired Xbox
I do a lot of online gaming, and find if any or all of the other network users on using the broadband at the same time, my pings go wild. I usually ping around 30 - 40, but as soon as either my brother is on Xbox live, or my sister is researching on the web etc, it can go straight up to 500+. It effects my gaming to the point where it is unplayable!
I'v done a bit of research on traffic sharing, and progs such as m0n0wall. I don't fully understand the concepts of it, and am stuck for what to do. I'm curious if theres anyway of shaping my network so that my applications e.g Steam, Counter-strike etc have network priority over other network users. I expect if there was a solution my pings would still be higher, but at least they would be stable?
Thanks for yout time in reading, look foward to your reply