Sometimes It Isn’t Me, It’s You.


I’ve blown my bandwidth cap the last couple of months so I extended the amount I’m allowed per month (I get charged more up to a cap when I go over) and I couldn’t figure out why for the longest time. I had only once blown my bandwidth amount because I downloaded my Steam library down on to my new PC instead of pulling it over by share so I was pretty surprised to see it happen.

The main difference lately is that the kids are watching a lot of YouTube (Minecraft videos and stuff like that) and they’re both playing a lot of Minecraft (local server so no bandwidth cost – though sometimes short bouts on internet servers) or Roblox.

Originally I thought it was due to my running a MC server with ports open to the outside which the kids, the kid up the street and the kid up the street’s friend were using. Then I found out they advertised the server because they were upset that someone grief-ed them. I shut it down and closed the ports.

Next month same problem.

I increased the bandwidth figuring with the kids playing lots more and watching stuff I probably need more bandwidth.

I got a warning about a week ago saying we’d already hit 75% of our limit. Stunned I looked up on their site to see what the daily usage was. Here it is:

Daily Usage

Download Usage (MB)

Upload Usage (MB)

Daily Total (MB)

  August 21, 2011

164

103

267

  August 20, 2011

402

97

499

  August 19, 2011

484

14

498

  August 18, 2011

470

143

613

  August 17, 2011

1,912

283

2,195

  August 16, 2011

449

498

947

  August 15, 2011

931

1,138

2,069

  August 14, 2011

1,192

4,134

5,326

  August 13, 2011

2,279

6,563

8,842

  August 12, 2011

2,268

2,323

4,591

  August 11, 2011

3,639

3,802

7,441

  August 09, 2011

774

624

1,398

  August 08, 2011

3,791

6,245

10,036

  August 07, 2011

2,198

7,073

9,271

  August 06, 2011

2,099

4,316

6,415

  August 05, 2011

1,017

2,862

3,879

  August 04, 2011

1,090

112

1,202

  August 03, 2011

9,774

304

10,078

  August 02, 2011

665

92

757

  August 01, 1970

1,561

231

1,792

  July 16, 0007

1,443

3,365

4,808

  July 30, 2011

1,472

3,882

5,354

  July 29, 2011

2,818

3,117

5,935

  July 28, 2011

647

2,210

2,857

  July 27, 2011

664

185

849

  July 26, 2011

658

1,455

2,113

You’ll note some oddities namely that on some days the upload is higher than the download. In some cases it’s twice or almost three times as much.

The 16th is when I got the warning and I told the kids no more YouTube for awhile. The 17th they were home with their grandmother watching them and they got on to YouTube for a bit, but the owned up to it. You can see YouTube use really increases the download. Upload is about 1/10th of the bandwidth used – this is more normal.

So… what’s with all the upload data and why’d it disappear after the 15th? And the 2nd to the 4th of August? (I downloaded a large game on the 3rd – note the upload bandwidth is far lower than the download – makes sense). The 27th of July is another good day for no upload.

My second thought was that maybe someone was leeching bandwidth from my wireless (which is secured).  I hadn’t seen it was mostly upload data that was being bad which doesn’t make sense for someone leeching off my WI-FI. I ended up adjusting settings.

Still lots of bandwidth. What did those days have in common with our usual schedule?

The kid up the street.

The days we had lots of upload, he was at our house playing with the kids on HIS laptop. Well, it belongs to his mom but he uses it when she’s not using it for dating sites and what not. Each day that he was over playing with the kids (he is around a lot, even popping over in the evening to play for one hour or two) the upload is far higher than the down.

He’s been away for the last week (since part way through the 15th – and yes, he was at our house for half that day) and some of the days we have no bandwidth issues, he’s at his dad’s so not around to play.

I’m thinking he’s either running a bit torrent and doesn’t realize it’s sending everything on his system over to someone else, some malware or maybe some bizarre offline back up that he really doesn’t need.

I was so busy trying to figure out what was wrong with my systems that it never occurred to me that it was their computer.

Ugh. I should have known better.

EDIT: The 16th was a Tuesday and I raided that night for about 2.5 hours. The kids and I were doing some stuff on the computer prior to that which may have also used bandwidth so it’s a good measure of a more intensive night – still less than 1gb used.

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3 thoughts on “Sometimes It Isn’t Me, It’s You.

  1. It’s definitely the kid’s laptop. Don’t let him bring it over for a month and see what happens.

  2. Pingback: Okay, It Was Us « Random Ogre Thoughts

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