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Solved: Wireless network: list of devices and NAT settings

Discussion in 'Networking' started by syc0path, Jan 17, 2011.

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    syc0path Thread Starter

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    I recently added several devices to my wireless-g network: Xbox 360, an HTC Smart phone, and an old laptop my buddy gave me (in addition to the 2 desktops that were already on the network). Since doing this, I've had occasional buffering problems when streaming music or video, even when I'm only using 1 of the devices. I suspect that the Xbox (or maybe phone) is downloading updates in the background, even when it's turned off, and that is consuming bandwidth. Is there any way I can see a list of devices that are connected to the network and maybe even the amount of data being transmitted to/from each so I can find the culprit?

    The other question I have also relates to the Xbox... when I play online, it says that my NAT settings are not open and that this makes it take longer to connect to other players. What are the risks involved in loosening the NAT restrictions?
     
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    I changed the port settings as described in this post: http://forums.techguy.org/networking/695571-router-nat-settings.html

    And while I was fixing that, I found a list of active IP addresses on the network in the router configuration pages. Turns out the Xbox remains connected even while "off", so it was probably downloading updates. I haven't had any buffering issues in a while, so it's probably done updating.
     
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