I am working on a project that will require 6 computers to connect to one web site on a certain day, then all at the same time hit a certain button - a 'bid' basically. The first computers to connect wins type of thing. I know that the website goes by timestamp and login name, I have 6 different login names, and I need the timestamps to be sent as quickly as possible. The person with the fastest connection gets in first basically.
So, right now Im on a RoadRunner cable connection with a 3mb download and 328kb upload. I want to increase the upload speed because I will not have just 1 or 2 computers, but 6 - I have the option to upgrade our line here to a 6mb download and a 512kb up, or a 2mb both ways, or a 3mb down and a 1.5mb up. (theres a few more options, but they dont seem plausible)
Im worried about many things:
1. Should upload be more than download, or vice-versa?
2. I am connecting them through a router/switch, will they have to take 'turns' sending the information, no matter what I do?
3. Will my operating systems have anything to do with bottleneck and/or computer hardware?
The people will log-in, wait for the dynamic clock to show a certain time, they will hit a button, a graphic question will be sent to them (to stop bots from doing it) and once they answer the question they qill submit the info.
It's very very vital I get this correct the first time around, my job depends on it. lol
Any help is greatly appreciated!