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Quality of Service for home network - gaming + youtube
Hey, everyone, you might know me: I'm that Warwick that just ulted to initiate, and then lagged out through the fight and we all died. Not fun.
I share an apartment with my girlfriend, and we're online around the same hours in the evening. I like to game, she likes to youtube and Stumbleupon with multiple tabs going at once.
We've got the Comcast economy internet package, something like 170kb/sec downstream and I'm not sure how many upstream. We both connect wirelessly to a Linksys wrt54g2v1 router (G-band wireless at 54mb/sec). My understanding of gaming internet usage is that while the individual packets are very very small, they need to get to my computer NOW and in the right order. In contrast, Youtube usage just opens the firehose on my network and pegs the d/l at 170. Strangely, I don't get lag all the time when she's on youtube, which I'm not sure if it's just when the video is loading because the video buffer has run out, or if its something to do with Youtube bandwidth spiking, or my router buffer running out or something.
Anyways: I'd like to know if anyone here has some experience with setting up Quality of Service protocols with their router or home network. Can I guarantee myself permanently enough bandwidth so that I never lag out, and just give her the rest? Do I need more bandwidth on my end to do so?
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