low data packet activity

January 6, 2005 at 11:29:22
Specs: XP Pro, P4/512

I recentley had cable internet installed in my home and once connected, i noticed very low numbers in packets that were being sent and received. I am thinking this low packet activity is making my connection weak. I have had the internet connected for 2 days straight and my packets are only at 700,000 received and 300,000 sent. I've been using it pretty steady as well so there should be more flow, right? I need to know if its a problem worth contacting the company about. The connection speed itself is 2 times faster than dial up. Any comments? Thanks in advance.

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January 6, 2005 at 14:40:04

The data you are looking at has nothing to do with the performance of your network.
It only states number of packets(how much data activity) is sent across the connection. Why do you think it is low in the first place?

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January 6, 2005 at 17:38:17

its low because my dial up used to connect and receive over 60,000 packets without doing anything else. soon after it would shoot past a million and performed well. now i barely have any packet flow and therefore i think im having bad performance

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January 6, 2005 at 21:08:50

You are confusing Bytes and Packets.

Dial-Up (because it is so slow) reports data traffic in BYTES.

BroadBand connections report it in Packets. A packet can vary is size and be up to 1500 bytes. So your 700,000 packets could represent over 1,000,000,000 bytes.

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