UPnP and Slow webcam rate/file transfer on MSN Messenger 6
Posted on 2003-12-12
Hi - My question is twofold. I am on a cable modem connection w/ >64k upload i believe, using XP Pro. First, I have noticed that since installing MSN Messenger 6 my webcam is very choppy suddenly, where the person I am talking to is at a much faster framerate. It used to work fine. MSN messenger same problem. File transfers are also painfully slow... I thought I read somewhere that microsoft and logitech were in a partnership involving MSN Messenger 6 and that the MSN Messenger 6 is going to use Logitech servers to host the webcam conversations. Could this be why it suddenly so slow? Would Windows Messenger use the same logitech servers? Also would this affect why the file transfers are so slow? MS reccommneded to open some ports for file transfer (which I did, and it's still slow).
Now the part about UPnP:
They also recommend enabling UPnP (both me and who I am IM'ing with)and this would solve the problem. I remember hearing that UPnP was extremely unsafe. Is this still the case? I have all service packs and security patches installed. Have they fixed it? ALso, I noticed that my router/nat DOES indeed have an option to enable UPnP. I believe that also WinXP has another option to enable UPnP. Both are disabled (i assume by default since I have never enabled). Would I need to enable both, just the router, or just XP?
Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give