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#3307521 - 05/31/11 07:34 AM I hate Skype  
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I dont use it but my son does to comnunicate to his friends when playing games on the PC. This is fine you may think, but the bloody programme uses all the bandwidth on my 50mb wireless connection! Its a total hog.

I upgraded so that when hes on the PC i could bw on xbox live or on the web on my phone, but no, i get kicked and dropped constantly. I get him to turn Skype off and no problems. Why is it such a hig?


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#3307523 - 05/31/11 07:39 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Hasn't Microsoft just taken over Skype and loaded it with crap?


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#3307524 - 05/31/11 07:43 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Microsoft just bought Skype at the beginning of the month.

"Days after being bought by Microsoft, Skype starts installing crapware on Windows systems without consent."
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#3307534 - 05/31/11 08:02 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Why don't your son use Team Speak? Much easier, and way more bandwith friendly!


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#3307549 - 05/31/11 08:37 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Corktip 14]  
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Originally Posted By: Corktip 14
Why don't your son use Team Speak? Much easier, and way more bandwith friendly!


I said that too but they need to have a server and they don't have one. Drives me mad!


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#3307563 - 05/31/11 09:09 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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There must be some servers around that'll let you just join an empty channel?


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#3307565 - 05/31/11 09:12 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Skype will occasionally goes into master node mode which will eat bandwidth like crazy. Google it, there is a way to switch it off I think.


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#3307585 - 05/31/11 10:21 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Mine doesn't have this folder. Phew!

I've briefly used Mumble, it's similar to TeamSpeak, possibly open-source, can't remember. Can't remember if it needs a dedicated server, or if you can just set up your own dedicated server on your own PC.


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#3307605 - 05/31/11 11:13 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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who in the world still uses a 50mb wifi router? get with the decade man, you need a 300mbps or greater router

btw skype is not that much of a bandwidth hog, so chances are you have a routing problem in addition to your router being slow already (50mbps). your router's junk - get a new one that plays nice with games AND skype - research before buying as there are surprisingly few decent routers out there.

#3307608 - 05/31/11 11:29 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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50mb Wifi is plenty, I don't think many internet providers in the UK offer more than 50Mbit anyway.

#3307611 - 05/31/11 11:34 AM Re: I hate Skype [Re: VF9_Longbow]  
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Originally Posted By: VF9_Longbow
who in the world still uses a 50mb wifi router? get with the decade man, you need a 300mbps or greater router

btw skype is not that much of a bandwidth hog, so chances are you have a routing problem in addition to your router being slow already (50mbps). your router's junk - get a new one that plays nice with games AND skype - research before buying as there are surprisingly few decent routers out there.


Erm, not sure what you mean as it's the second fastest connection you can get in the UK! 100Mb being the fastest. I have no problem playing online and always have the best ping in the game. What universe are you in that you think that is slow?

And Skype is a known bandwidth hog so you are wrong on that.


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#3307999 - 05/31/11 09:24 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Originally Posted By: RSColonel_131st
50mb Wifi is plenty, I don't think many internet providers in the UK offer more than 50Mbit anyway.

he is showing off becouse he is in japan...

#3308003 - 05/31/11 09:30 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Couldn't have survived AFG without skype.


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#3308024 - 05/31/11 10:01 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Blade_RJ]  
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Originally Posted By: Blade_RJ
Originally Posted By: RSColonel_131st
50mb Wifi is plenty, I don't think many internet providers in the UK offer more than 50Mbit anyway.

he is showing off becouse he is in japan...


LMAO!


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#3308033 - 05/31/11 10:11 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Can you specify a bandwidth limit in your router, for the PC that's running Skype?


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#3308055 - 05/31/11 10:37 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Just set up a TS server on his computer. When we fly co-ops, the Horsemen usually use a private server set up on Ccrashh's computer. About an hour before we're supposed to fly, he sends us his IP via e-mail so we can connect (he has a dynamic IP).


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#3308061 - 05/31/11 10:53 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Yes (without looking) skype used to by default act as a relay to relay other Skype user calls via your PC or something like that - there is a way to switch it off check it out.



50mbps ADSL are you really sure? - would like to know what you are really getting (upload speed will be far slower)

54mb is only the wireless bandwidth (802.11G) from your PC to the router. From the router to the ISP thats your ADSL which varies depending on your distance to the exchange and the time of day - its probably no where near 50mb though.





#3308065 - 05/31/11 11:07 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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Originally Posted By: MaceUK33
Originally Posted By: VF9_Longbow
who in the world still uses a 50mb wifi router? get with the decade man, you need a 300mbps or greater router

btw skype is not that much of a bandwidth hog, so chances are you have a routing problem in addition to your router being slow already (50mbps). your router's junk - get a new one that plays nice with games AND skype - research before buying as there are surprisingly few decent routers out there.


Erm, not sure what you mean as it's the second fastest connection you can get in the UK! 100Mb being the fastest. I have no problem playing online and always have the best ping in the game. What universe are you in that you think that is slow?

And Skype is a known bandwidth hog so you are wrong on that.


'50Mb wireless connection' is a bit ambiguous, although you'd have thought someone would've guessed it might be referring to the connection speed rather than the wifi.

If you're with Virgin and are using the router they supply, it is 300Mb/s.

No experience with Skype unfortunately, so can't help you there.

#3308069 - 05/31/11 11:11 PM Re: I hate Skype [Re: Mace71]  
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You could lower Skype traffic priority in QoS on the router. That mainly helps out in the outgoing packet queing, but since that's usually the lower performing connection, that could help your other traffic a little bit. Worth trying, but don't expect miracles. Increase priority for anything important, such as the MAC address of your own pc. wink

Better yet, block Skype at the router entirely!
If he and his friends need comms, keep in mind that Xfire hosts text and voice chat for free. Very good quality and doesn't have nearly the impact with voice only.


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