I recently signed up for a Rogers High Speed Extreme account and had it set up. General web surfing is great, super fast, but I have noticied a strange and irritating trend. As soon as I startup any filesharing application (I know you guys hate these;) my connection speed degrades severly. For example, speed tests of the connection before filesharing average about 4300 kbps/sec download, 690 kbps/sec upload (dslreports.com/toast.net). As soon as I start a file sharing program, uploading at about 16kb/sec (less than half of my average upload speed) my whole internet connection runs only at about 312kbps/sec download, and an as expected 400kbps/sec upload. I am confused at to why my downlaod connection degrades so severly, considering my fileshariing program is only downlaoding at 20kb/sec max (normally filesharing causes a problem on the upload side). Downloading from websites degrades severely too, to on avg 30 kb/sec. I know Rogers does not use any packet shaping or port filtering on their internet service, and am therefore puzzled as to why this is the case.
I am running a Netgear Wireless G router to provide a wirless connection from which I access the internet, and I have noticed this has no effect on the problem, as even directly linked to the cable modem I am experiecing these difficulties. It is also the same when I disable my firewall as well (Trend Micro PC -Cillin 2004). I am running XP SP2 Pro on a Dell Inspriron 8200 2.4Ghz/1Gb Ram laptop. I have played with my TCP IP registry settings and have still found it to be unhelpful in solving my problem. I am hoping that you may have a solution or reason as to why this is occuring. My High speed express connection last year fared far better than my current, and yet was slower on average (2.3mbps/340kbps).
Many Thanks for your time,
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