Dude, you're totally harshing my network connection.
February 3, 2011 6:24 PM Subscribe
I feel like a dick asking this, but is there any way to tell if my neighbors are throttling our shared internet connection with downloads? And if they are, is there any way to partition the connection so my connection's not affected?
posted by schroedinger to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I share a wireless connection with my neighbors (two apartments in one building). Whenever they're home, the internet connection becomes extremely unreliable--pages time out, don't load properly, etc--in a way that in my experience means someone doing a bunch of downloading.
I feel dumb going upstairs and being all "ARE YOU DOWNLOADING I NEED MY FACEBOOK TO LOAD FASTER." At the same time, if they're home it means I can't load up my school's Blackboard site without refreshing the page five times, and that gets kind of annoying when I'm trying to submit homework assignments. I know nothing about networking, is there a way to see if it's them actually affecting the connection? And if it is, can I just "split" the connection so I can have my own connection that's not affected by whatever they're doing up there?
If this isn't possible, is there ever a good way to ask an almost perfect stranger to throttle their download speed?