Internet Upload and Download difference - I just dont get it

June 28, 2015 at 16:51:02
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb
Hi everyone

just a quick question, more so for my understanding

I have read quite a few articles describing the difference between Internet downloads and uploads.

Currently I have a small business with 8-10 users and our Internet usage is through the roof!!

,i have cleared all malware,ran all updates,removes P2P software etc..and now I'm closely monitoring our PCs with netmeter..what puzzles me is even if I'm idle on say 2 or 3 webpages,the usage meter is still saying I'm both uploading and downloading..

why is this?

i thought uploading was a simple matter like uploading an attachment to an email or uploading a pic to facebook..clearly not

appreciate any explanation on this


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June 28, 2015 at 23:23:26
Any time your network connection sends a packet to a remote address this is an upload. So this is when you request to view a page or click on a link as well as information you enter in online forms.

The opposite is a download and will happen every time you view a page, move to a new page, etc. Both, but downloads in particular, happen all the time you use the Internet. As well as links you explicitly click on there is a lot of additional information dowloaded (images, advertisements, updates on dynamic pages, etc.).

As well as this there are a number of packets that are received and sent for housekeeping purposes and a number of background processes that will be checking things on the Interent all the time (e.g. Checking for software updates).

So, basically, your computer is performing dowloads and uploads all the time, particularly when you browse the Internet.

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June 29, 2015 at 06:03:19
Also note that some web pages include advertisement boxes that are more dynamic. They appear at first as a simple ad when the page loads, but in the background they are uploading requests from their cookies for additional video ads that will later come up in that location. I have opened a number of tabs to read up on something and minutes later while working my way through them, something begins to come over my speakers, after investigating each tab, I find that one of them has begun to play a video ad where there wasn't one earlier. There are also cookies with web pages that gather up information on what you are browsing and send that back to their hosts. If I look at a barbeque grill one day on a few sites to get information or pricing on it, then all next week I will begin to see small ads on other pages I view that include the same model grill on completely unrelated pages (electronics, etc). Clearly, they are tracking what I see and are feeding me ads related to that which takes uploads as well as downloads. Clearing out cookies often will minimize this but may slow down using important web pages that you use regularly. Back with Windows 95 I often looked over the cookies and deleted them by the bunch, leaving some behind that were useful, now we either just clear them out regularly or ignore them until they become annoying. Try to see if your browsers allow you to keep cookies just for 2 or 3 days so only the ones on regularly used pages are kept and the others expire faster.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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July 17, 2015 at 08:17:02
Simply because most people spend more time downloading (files,programs, etc) than uploading, so Internet Service Providers make downloading a priority over uploading, so that is how they designed their systems. It's not a performance issue with you computers or network infrastructure. If your speeds are lower than what you paid for, contact you ISP.

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