A short time ago I posted about blowing my monthly bandwidth allotment and tracked it down to being the day the kid up the street was over with his laptop. He stopped coming over and the bandwidth use (particularly the upload amount) went down, but not as significantly as I thought.
Here’s more recent bandwidth use – note (at the bottom) AUG 28-30 had some pretty high upload again – no, the kid wasn’t at the house playing, but my kids were…
Download Usage (MB)
Upload Usage (MB)
Daily Total (MB)
|September 08, 2011||1,437||36||1,473|
|September 07, 2011||763||104||867|
|September 06, 2011||659||171||830|
|September 05, 2011||1,955||622||2,577|
|September 04, 2011||996||369||1,365|
|September 03, 2011||979||325||1,304|
|September 02, 2011||1,455||229||1,684|
|September 01, 2011||847||31||878|
|August 31, 2011||233||166||399|
|August 30, 2011||899||1,838||2,737|
|August 29, 2011||1,237||1,396||2,633|
|August 28, 2011||1,917||2,724||4,641|
|August 27, 2011||978||632||1,610|
|August 26, 2011||226||59||285|
I did some more investigating, focusing more on what they were playing which was Roblox.
It seems they have some sort of experimental system which puts the bulk of the processing on the client which then uploads data either to the other clients or the server (I’m not sure which).
On the 31st I adjusted these settings and you can see the results. Much more reasonable upload rates. Yesterday night the kid from up the street came over and brought his laptop so I adjusted his Roblox settings too.
And uninstalled about five different browser toolbars.
To get at the settings for Roblox you have to fire up the Roblox Studio (which is in the Start menu), go into Options/Preferences and expand the Network section. Uncheck the option to use the experimental physics engine, check the option to do with the bandwidth cap, lower the numbers for upload rates and maybe turn on caching (I did). (Sorry, I did this about 10 days ago and I don’t have the GUI in front of me.. I’ll try to post a screen shot of the settings later.)
The kids haven’t complained about lag or anything so it’s all good.