does online gaming affect dl limit?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by belveder, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. belveder

    belveder OSNN Senior Addict

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    I've just setup a second computer for my kids and networked it through my router. They play a lot of games and watch music clips / short movies onlline, some games that are installed on the computer online but mainly from web pages that have the games on them.

    My question is, does online gaming and watching music clips etc affect download limits as I have a monthly download limit that I have to stick to
     
  2. drz01

    drz01 Weekend DJ

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    Yes it does, although you may not be saving the the downloads you are still downloading data. Most of the time this data is actually stored on your hard drive in in your browser cache directory untill you clean it out.
     
  3. belveder

    belveder OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks, is there anyway to stop this but still allow browsing? I use Firefox
     
  4. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    there are bandwidth moniyor programs that can keep track for you so you don't go over. there have been a coupole threads posted. if you cant find them post back and i'll see what i can turn up. yiou will need to instal them on each pc and add the usage up.

    you should be able to block the video and music streaming through the browser. the games need certain ports open so you can block those with zonealarm. password it so the kids can't open the ports or allow the games.
     
  5. belveder

    belveder OSNN Senior Addict

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    how do I figure out which ports are being used for the gaming?
     
  6. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    From what I tested, Ethereal full version is really nifty. Uhh, check this site, it has info and Ethereal is free:
    http://portforward.com/networking/ethereal.htm
    It will check EVERY port you specify (TCP, UDP, FTP, etc) that goes out and in.
     
  7. belveder

    belveder OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks, will try it out