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    Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network

    This is a discussion on Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network within the Speed tests and how to get better results forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi all, Hope you can help! I have a small home network consisting of a main PC upstairs and my ...

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      Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network

      Hi all,

      Hope you can help!

      I have a small home network consisting of a main PC upstairs and my PS3 in the living room. When playing online I am sometimes getting lag which corresponds with my other half using YouTube/Spotify upstairs.

      Is there any way I can apportion bandwidth for each device so that I do not get lag on my ps3 when gaming?

      It seems as though the Ps3 uses whatever isn't "in use" therefore if the upstairs PC is getting hammered then the PS3 performance suffers.

      Any ideas?

      Cheers,

      Paul.


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      Re: Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network

      No, not with your current setup, your PS3 requires a goot latency (speed sending and receiving information) and if the PC is also using the connection your data will be backed up in a queue.

      There are devices that you can buy to limit this, they have QOS (quality of service) and allow you to prioritise certain traffic.

      A lot will depend on your setup, are you using wireless for the PS3? if so then I would change this to either a wired connection or connect with a pair of homeplugs. Then you could fit either a switcher with QOS or if you want to spend some money you could get another router with it.

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      Re: Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network

      Hi there,

      Thanks for the reply.

      Looks like it might be a case of having to live with it!

      Both devices are connected using wireless. We have one socket which is in a very awkward place under the stairs (stupid barratts) and the ps3 lives on a glass shelf underneath the TV which is wall mounted!!

      I don't mind spending some money to sort the problem - could you explain what homeplugs are please? Just had a quick look via Google - they look a little similar to the One For All wireless phone line extender I use currently for ordering Sky Box Office events. I imagine the signal is a little more robust though if it's for handling problems of my kind!

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      Re: Regulating bandwidth for different devices on my home network

      Homeplugs turn your mains wiring into a wired data network, it essentially extends the range of your ethernet connection. Plug one next to your router and the other next to your PC/console and connect via ethernet cable.

      Search for Comtrend on ebay, these seem to be the best bang for your buck and you can usually pick up a pair for less than 40. Look for the ones with the mains socket passthrough on the lower half of the device.

     

     

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