So I have the Virgin Media 50Mb/s cable broadband and I've had many a problem with it. The first 6 months were plagued with packet loss due to over utilisation in my area.
It took them so long to fix it, along with many refunds to me. But once it finally worked, it worked great.
Anyway in my frustration I persevered with using the connection and found that my connection would stablise and the packet loss would reduce if I seeded a loads of data through torrents (Legal data. Linux distributions to be exact).
The problem has now started again and I am waiting for information from their tech support team before I go ahead and cancel my service (12 months are over thank God.)
So I'm currently back to blasting my upstream with data to stablise my connection and I just wondered how the hell does that work? Note that if I seed too much and saturate the connection I get much higher pings but 0 packet loss. if I seed just enough it gives me a near perfect connection.
The phenomenon is observable to the extent that I can do a couple of ping tests and get 4-10% average packet loss. Open torrent software and seed about 400Kb/s and the packet loss will drop to 0-1%. When I stop seeding data the packet loss goes up.
When my connection gets crappier later on tonight, I'll post some images to show you lot. Until then - any ideas why seeding loads of information stablises my connection?
Edited by dillinger88 (Mon 26-Sep-11 15:33:39)