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Stupid question about wireless

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Skellz, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. Skellz

    Skellz Thread Starter

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    I know this may sound very stupid, but are the packets sent/recieved by my computers wireless meant to keep increasing? By which i mean that they start off at a couple hundred or so and within about 30minutes or so im pushing a 100,000 or more?!?!

    I was just wondering if this is normal and if not has anyone got any ideas what the hell is going down?!

    Im running windows xp home sp2 and my wireless card is a Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG

    Thanks loads
     
  2. telegramsam

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    Packets are bundles of data. So yes, they should increase. If you disconnect and reconnect, you'll start over at 0.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Well, they do keep increasing with use. If you're using the wireless link, a lot of packets are sent and received.

    I assume you do have encryption enabled on the wireless link so you're not sharing the wireless with your neighbors? :)
     
  4. Skellz

    Skellz Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your speedy replies. I figured that that would most probably be the case as it is simply data being recieved and sent. Its a shared connection with my flat mates who are both hardlined into the router, but we have set up WPA-PSK TKIP security key. I believe that that is the strongest we can have.

    Thanks Again
     
  5. JohnWill

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    If you've used a long and random key (20 characters or more, mixed numbers & letters), you are quite secure.
     
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