View Full Version : How can I stop my dad from sucking up all the bandwidth?

02-27-2005, 07:00 AM
My dad got some software that boosts the internet speed by like a quater of a second going to his laptop, I don't really care if he does that, cause it doesn't really slow down my PC's connection.
But I am experincing a lot of lag when I play Xbox live, is there any software I could install on my PC or any thing else, to even out the bandwidth?

Oh, and I normally get a very slow connection with XB Live, only when his laptop is on.
And when his laptop is off, I normally have a very fast connection.

02-27-2005, 01:56 PM
have you tried NetLimiter? - http://www.netlimiter.com/



02-27-2005, 03:57 PM
have you tried NetLimiter? - http://www.netlimiter.com/


Thanks again :)

Btw, can that program actually slow down other computers?
It's still useful even if it doesn't :)

02-27-2005, 05:09 PM
Huh, he closed all of his programs, but his comp is still using a lot of bandwidth :|

02-27-2005, 06:50 PM
You can limit how much much bandwidth each computer or program/service connected to the internet has..This way you can have higher amounts of bandwidth available to certain services and computers and less to others...

02-28-2005, 03:14 PM
Do a google for "Bandwidth Manager". You'll get what you need

03-01-2005, 02:12 AM
You sure there isn't a lot of spyware and/or malware on his computer? Because that'd make the computer use lots of bandwidth up when the computer is idle.

03-01-2005, 02:49 AM
at least you still have xbox live. I've owned Halo 2 since it came out and still haven't played a single multiplayer game (my little brother knows he'll get beat, but where's the fun in letting him win?) let alone a multiplayer game on Live.

As oracleguy said, you might want to take a closer look at what's using bandwidth on your dad's computer. If there is lots of spyware or other bandwidth-eating programs that your dad doesn't want, it would be mutually beneficial to remove them rather than limiting your dad's bandwidth. Assuming you're the relative computer genius of the family, it shouldn't be too hard to get his permission to play with his laptop.

03-01-2005, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the help guys!
So far he left for a few days, and now xbox live fly's!

I think you guys are right, I could very well be spyware & adware, I'll have to recommend him to scan his computer for that stuff when he comes back.

03-01-2005, 09:27 AM
Who pays for this bandwidth you want to sequester?

03-01-2005, 12:24 PM
I have the same problem my goddam dad uses his Laptop to do his work while I play Counter:Strike Source. You could be really sneaky and unplug his ethernet cable. Thats you problem that the laptop is on and sucking up all your bandwith so you'll just have to have a time when he's not on the laptop and you wanna play xbox live :D

03-01-2005, 07:28 PM
I remember reading somewhere: "honor your father and your mother and your days will be long."

First, if daddio is paying for the bandwidth. He can use all he wants and you get left overs.

Parents are more important than children, regardless of what you were taught in school. :-)

Second. I would have to say if his laptop just being on and not using the net for anything is slowing things down that bad, there is no doubt in my mind that spyware or adware is present.

Laptops don't just suck bandwidth for no reason. :-)

03-01-2005, 10:34 PM
This is funny .. we'll get a thread from your dad soon ... "How do I stop my son from throttling my bandwidth .." :D

03-01-2005, 10:42 PM
This is funny .. we'll get a thread from your dad soon ... "How do I stop my son from throttling my bandwidth .." :D

He doesn't pay for the bandwidth, my grandparents are.

03-02-2005, 10:32 AM
Then, we'll get from the grandparents...
How can I stop my son and his son from sucking up all the bandwidth?

03-02-2005, 06:01 PM
More likely "how do I stop them arguing about bandwidth all the time.. " :D

03-03-2005, 12:00 AM
I forgot to menshon, he set the Xbox to have a higer bandwidth priority privilige in the router, and the connection speed is still very low.

03-07-2005, 06:13 PM
All right, now it's starting to become a problem; he's now using so much bandwidth it's making my comps connection speed a tiny bit faster than a phone modem.
And I'm using a cable modem! with a max dowload speed of 500 Kbyts a second!
But now it can't even get up to 15 Kbs :mad:

03-07-2005, 08:35 PM
Have you done what we suggested and checked the machine for spyware and malware?

03-07-2005, 09:43 PM
www.lavasoft.com download ad-aware se personal itl be garente make the internet faster it mite not be ure bandwith it could be critical errors in that case it will quaranteen and deleted :thumbsup:

03-08-2005, 09:02 AM
You can get both lavasoft adaware and MS antispyware.
For MS Antispyware see this thread

03-08-2005, 09:13 AM
Working through the Optimize XP (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html) page usually speeds things up a great deal.

03-14-2005, 02:46 AM
I'm pretty sure its not spyware.
Becuase as soon as he puts his downloads on pause, every thing goes faster on all of the computers and xbox live doesnt lag.

03-14-2005, 09:27 AM
Did you consider the possibility that he might be using something to stop you from sucking up all his bandwidth?


03-14-2005, 12:23 PM
He has a valid point about that, he may of posted in another forums saying the same thing lol, Best thing too do is ask him if theres something he is using to stop you from sucking up all the bandwidth,
Also are you using any p2p (Peer to Peer software) that steals bandwidth like anything. If your not make sure your dad isn't either

03-14-2005, 02:48 PM
What does your Dad use for downloading? I'm pretty sure it's P2P. Cos I've worked on a similar case before. There was this office with unusually slow Internet connection. They found out that when the boss's PC was on, their internet connection all crawled, but when he was out, it was fast. I found out the Boss had P2P on his system and was always downloading videos and music and stuff.
BTW - P2P keeps on working even when the user is not at their PC.

03-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Exactly the reason why you want him to not use p2p software while your trying to Xbox live or the internet for something important. You need to make certain times when he will not run his p2p software so you can do the things you want to do.
Either that or just go onto his laptop, and delete the p2p software :p
(BTW Laptops are very well known to suck up bandwidth)

03-14-2005, 04:22 PM
I'm not the one using all the bandwidth; according to my firewall, I use about 10 - 15 meg's on an average day.

And my little sister and I have asked him to slow down many times, and he just keeps saying "Hold on, I'm getting the stuff I want", the only thing is, he's been getting the stuff he wanted for 2 months strait!

Oh yeah, he is running on a p2p thingy

03-14-2005, 06:21 PM
Exactly just delete his p2p software or if you want to be really sneaky go on to his firewall (if he has one) and block the p2p software so he cant connect :p that's what I did when my parents did it. ;)
Also laptops do suck up alot of bandwidth