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streaming audio and LAN security and network performance

Hello
I've had some requests for streaming audio apps on client machines on my LAN (Real Audio, etc.) My immediate reaction is to deny the request, but I'm not sure I'm clear on "why"?

Just looking for some input on if it will hamper my network performance and/or my security for my network.

thanks in advance

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Trevor Local
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi delmarlocal,

streaming audio will put a big load on your bandwidth, i would allow them to dl locally but not to stream, thats just me though
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Trevor LocalAuthor Commented:
thanks jay-
 what kind of app are you talking about?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
im talking about any streaming app! i would be with you, straight off no, but i would probably allow them to download from a central source and then play locally - if thats an option
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Trevor LocalAuthor Commented:
any security issues? the company is going to have a bigger public presence soon, and i don't want to open up any holes.

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
not really if its internal
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Trevor LocalAuthor Commented:
i don't have time to do anything internal. so someone just wants to listen to music online while at work. just looking for my easiest solution.
i don't want it to take up bandwidth ( or much) or any security, and i don't want to set up anything either.
are all streaming audio sites the same? i heard realaudio has a free version- but does that version have the ability to throttle?
this person requested the real audio free version.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
any streaming you do out to the net will use bandwidth, you start getting two or three users streaming then you will get performance degradation that will become more and more obvious unles syou have some massive pipe
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Trevor LocalAuthor Commented:
yeah, i have a full T1, but i have a couple dedicated VPN's too. and like you say, once one does it, others will follow.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
the choice is yours but myself i wouldnt allow it, its a work environment, if they want music they can use an IPOD :)

i occasionly stream radio but its only early in the morning when no other users are around
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jasonwilliams74Commented:
I too block all streaming audio and video. Once your company grows, more and more people are connected to your network. That means more and more people who can seriously hinder your bandwidth and give you a big headache. :/

If they want to listen to music, I allow my users to bring in Music CD's and put them into their CD-ROM drive. That usually makes them happy.
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