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Son's Xbox ruining broadband width.

by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 6:55 AM PST

Just looking for how I can solve this problem: my 2 sons play Xbox Live on Xbox, and try to claim that when it isn't connected to the Internet it doesn't hurt the connection at all. I know it does, though, and was just looking for some verification and help how to fix the problem. Also, if the Xbox is connected to the Internet, how much does it hamper the connection for, say, my laptop?

Thanks in advance!

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Of course it eats at the bandwidth.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 7:00 AM PST

But let's try this. Is it on WiFi? If so you are eating away at a very limited resource. Any chance of putting them on their own WiFi? An old trick of mine was to set their WiFi to 802.11b which will limit the speed a little and you can get your own WiFi.

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How do I do that?
by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 7:24 AM PST

ok Bob big words and all but how do i do that? Also if they're not plugged into the Internet at all on their xbox, they're still taking up bandwidth, right??


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If they are on XBOX Live they are on the internet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 7:34 AM PST
In reply to: How do I do that?

But you can test this tonight. When they are gaming, go to the router and turn it off. If you hear complaints, you just proved they are on the internet.

As to how to set up their own connection, it's not too hard or expensive. Google these words.

-> How to use a router as a WAP?

To implement my bandwidth cut, just set up that WAP to 802.11b mode.

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Misunderstood me.
by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 8:10 AM PST

What I am saying is that they aren't on Xbox Live, not using the Internet. does it still take up broadband?

Also, how much broadband does it "eat up" and how much could it be slowing my computer down?
Could it be that my computer is slow on its own, and has weak settings maybe? What's the deal?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: Misunderstood me.

But you answered your own question. I'm guessing you need others to write you're right. If they are logged into Live, then it is connected. If you turn off the router you will know very quickly if this is true or not. The old XBOX used a wifi or ethernet add on. The new model is WiFi so you would have to know if that's on or off.

How much bandwidth does XBox use? No one can answer that one. It varies with the games, and if there are updates in progress.

As to your computer, there so little about that here and it's not the topic. If it is the topic a lot more detail is needed.

For example, sometimes I ask what WiFi channel the router is on and what security is used. Many folk simply use the thing. So we get to chat about administration.

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by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 8:47 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

*** u bob

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by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 8:48 AM PST
In reply to: ok

for some reason it **** when i tried to write thank you.

***** you bob.

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Let me know the test result.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 8:51 AM PST
In reply to: sorry

I'm only working with limited details and have to take your word they are on XBox Live (which requires the internet connection.)

Kids will be kids and if they think the parent will cut their internet will tell you the machine isn't on the internet but just XBox Live. Devil

The test I noted will tell all.

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by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 10:04 AM PST

how do you do the >:( emoticon i think it should be banned so i want 2 report it

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Another question
by MadMom11 / February 21, 2013 11:20 AM PST

K I got one for ya bob. If the Xbox is plugged into the Internet via Ethernet cord, but the Xbox is powered down, how much bandwidth is that taking up? Also, are there residual results on my Internet speed connection after my kids have finished playing?


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Our XBox does not use any bandwidth when off.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 1:29 PM PST
In reply to: Another question

So my answer to that is zero. It uses nothing.

To get that icon, click the "Turn visual editor ON". Then clicking on the SMILEY ( Happy ) and select any from there.

Cool Bob

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