HTPC Intel Pentium G3258 cpu, Gigabyte H97n-wifi motherboard, , 8GB DDR3 ram, onboard graphics. Hauppuage HVR 5500 tuner, Silverstone LC16M case, Windows 10 pro 64 bit using Nextpvr and Kodi
hashbrown: Correcting a fallacy that has been stated a few times in this thread. There is not usually a one-to-one relationship between TCP "data" and "ACK" packets for a download. There is a little more to it, but in basic terms, one "ACK" packet acknowledges multiple inbound packets.
This is tunable, but for Windows I believe the default is 2, resulting in a 2:1 ratio for a healthy download.
Talkiet: [snip] In general, even if you don't actively upload things, every single packet (well, there are exceptions, but basically this is right) has to be acknowledged so for every large packet you receive, there's a small packet that your computer sends out. [snip]
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steve98: Does the OP have a smartphone? I know he said earlier that he "doesn't do any syncing with iCloud" but if he's got something like an iPhone then there's a very good chance that this is happening without him even realising it. For example if he's enabled Photostream it will be uploading every single photo he takes. Stuff like this is probably the most likely culprit.
Personally I think the internet and the devices we connect to it have got to the stage where we really shouldn't be wanting to keep tabs on every single upload and download they do. Caps have become plentiful and cheap - let your devices do their thing and forget about usage. The internet is meant to make your life easier but if you're sweating over every megabyte up and down then that's lost. There's no conspiracy to uncover here.
geekIT: (coffeebaron, you asked if I "still have a VFX VoIP line" with XNet? No, I've never had the need for VOIP)
As I noted earlier, the consensus of opinion seems to be that I should have my modem firewall ON, so it's done. However, it hasn't affected my 'upstream' data traffic in any way.
Regarding this traffic, many of you are saying that your own usage figures are in accordance with mine - ie, 10%-14% of data traffic is UPLOADS.
Fair enough, if that's the way the game is played. But I would suggest that the bulk of internet users, in NZ and the rest of the world, would be totally unaware of this situation. Also, I still don't understand why the upstream traffic is so hefty. Meaty downloads I can accept: Movies and TV episodes can be anything from 150MB to 10G. But 'straight' data - which is what I imagine packet requests and acknowledgments to be, shouldn't be that bulky, IMHO. I mean, anyone who's ever downloaded an eBook knows that entire novel of 150,000 words is rarely larger than a few megabytes. So where does the volume come from?
And why the variation in volume? Referring to my table of traffic that I posted earlier, the ratio of uploads to downloads on 6th Dec was 64% and on 24th Dec 4.6%.
I don't mean this unkindly, so I hope nobody takes offense, but there's been a considerable amount of supposition in this thread, rather than hard knowledge, and it seems to be that many of you are curiously incurious about this business. I think it's time we heard the facts from a telecommunications engineer.
I'll email Campbell Live and see if it arouses their interest.