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My home | Competing for bandwidth and IP addresses... or ??

by MontyPython87 / October 29, 2013 5:08 AM PDT

Hello, I live in an home with 3 internet junkies and 2 other people who go online occasionally. We have Cox cable internet, I assume its 5 or 10Mbs download speed.

There are under 10 windows computers (OS 7 or Cool in the house and 3 gaming consoles. When nobody is home the service works perfectly. When two or all three of the main internet users are home the internet slows up which is to be expected. But machines tend to get bumped offline. Sometime they get right back on moments later, sometimes they get bumped off until other machines are shut down which turns into a conflict with the people in the house.

Other people in the house assume its a bandwidth issue and we just need to upgrade the speed/package for our plan. I have a feeling it's more than that since computers get bumped off the network regularly... it doesn't just get slower, computers can't reconnect.

I want to figure out what I should do, can you make any recommendations?

I play online games and want a low ping... this is not possible while other people are home. Also I work in multi-media and have to do a bit of uploading/downloading often, this gets pretty stressful when I can't get my freelance biz working when I need it.

Will just getting more bandwith from my provider fix these things?

Cox says they will put a second account and a 2nd modem at my house. If I did that will the two modem accounts compete for bandwidth? Also, there is only a phone cable in my room, do I have to run a coax into my room?... if so can I just daisy-chain it to any coax running through my home? I have a feeling they'll tell me yes for anything I ask to get me to sign on, I don't want to sign on if there still will be bandwidth/IP competition on the second account/modem.

Anything I'm not thinking of?

I so appreciate your time for a response, thanks!!!

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I'd have them
by itsdigger / October 29, 2013 5:15 AM PDT

run another cable to the house and hook up to the new modem under a seperate account, That's just me though..Digger

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Or they are on WiFi.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 5:17 AM PDT
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