For P2P Lovers

What is Bandwidth?

Simply put, bandwidth is the carrying capacity of a network. It’s rather like a highway. Four lane highways can carry more traffic than two lane highways. At a certain level, even a six lane highway can become saturated.
:: Bandwidth is finite ::

So the speed and performance on a network (or highway) is inversely proportional to the amount of traffic it carries: more traffic = slower speeds.
:: Performance is based on volume of traffic ::

Like a highway, a data network is shared by all the users who have access to it. There are no reserved or express lanes. The more bandwidth any one individual uses, the less there is available for the rest of the user population.
:: Bandwidth is shared ::

What are peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs?

P2P file sharing programs are designed to let people easily exchange music, movies, video and other files over the Internet.

What effect do P2P file sharing apps have on bandwidth?

The same effect that a herd of elephants have on a small watering hole: They use it all. Every last bit of bandwidth that is available will be sucked up by file sharing applications.

How do file sharing apps use so much bandwidth?

The size of the files being shared and the act of sharing combine to eat up a network’s limited amount of bandwidth. They act as clients, enabling you to download files from other participating systems, and they convert your computer into a server, allowing other clients to download material from you.

It’s a bit like throwing a barbecue and having everyone who smells the smoke drive down your street, park in your driveway, and come into your backyard. Only the smoke isn’t limited to your neighborhood. It travels around the world and everyone who likes what you’re cooking is free to come. In very short order, the carrying capacity of your street, not to mention your backyard, is exceeded.

So… How can I reduce my bandwidth usage?

The best way to avoid being a bandwidth hog is to remove (uninstall) all peer-to-peer file-sharing programs from your computer.

If you insist on keeping your file-sharing programs on your computer, learn how to use them responsibly so you do not use up the local network resources.

Turn off your p2p application
If you’re using your computer, but you’re not using your p2p application, make certain the application is turned off and not running in the background. Several p2p applications run in the background even if you think you’ve quit the application.
Do not set up your p2p application to start automatically when your system starts.
You may have done this when you installed the application. With this configuration you may not realize your p2p application is running and using system and network resources.

The best solution for me is NOT to download at all.. I don’t download and heck, i saved up my bandwidth for other people to use for their P2P? lol

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