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Chapter 2. Making the Connection Annoyances > ROUTERS AND HOME NETWORKS

ROUTERS AND HOME NETWORKS

FILE-SHARING TRAFFIC JAM

The Annoyance:

I just installed a home network so my wife, my music-loving 14-year-old son, and I can use the Internet at the same time. But for no apparent reason, my cable connection is getting slower and slower. For this I pay $45 a month? Strangely enough, if I turn off my router and then turn it back on again, things speed up for a while, then gradually slow down again.

The Fix:

The key here is your music-loving 14-year-old son. He's probably using file-sharing software such as BitTorrent or Kazaa to download music or movies and share them with others. Not only is he sucking up your network's bandwidth, but file-sharing software can fill up the router's routing tables and slow the entire network to a crawl. When you restart your router, the routing tables are cleared out—hence the temporary speed boost. To solve the problem, first tell your son that he can't use file-sharing software when other people are using the network. Have him queue up all his files for nighttime download, when everyone is asleep.


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