Broadband forum: Broadband: Is my cable connection becoming saturated?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 18, 2009 1:49 PM PDT

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Broadband: Is my cable connection becoming saturated?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/18/09 1:49 PM

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Broadband: Is my cable connection becoming saturated?


It has been several years since I got my cable modem. Living
in what was a relatively sparsely populated area, I enjoyed
lightning-fast response times on the Internet. My son grew up
and got involved in online shoot'em-up gaming and
downloading, and I detected that when he was doing that, the
little activity light on the modem was on a lot more than
off, which was expected.

More recently, I have noticed that the activity light is
nearly always on, blinking off occasionally and my response
lags a bit. I can't blame my son's activities anymore, since
he went off to college, and his PC's been powered off. What
could possibly be the culprit? Is it time to complain to my
ISP? Thanks for your opinions!

--Submitted Steve B.

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that our members have contributed to this question.

Broadband connection --Submitted by GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7583_102-0.html?messageID=3130449#3130449

Testing your Cable modem upload/download speed --Submitted by ralphjramirez
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7583_102-0.html?messageID=3130465#3130465

Cable broadband slow down --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7583_102-0.html?messageID=3130465#3130465

Sounds like a virus... --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7583_102-0.html?messageID=3130736#3130736

Is my cable connection saturated? Not likely... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7583_102-0.html?messageID=3130394#3130394

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