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RE: Halo 2 and broadband traffic

  • From: Neil J. McRae
  • Date: Wed Dec 08 11:28:43 2004

I doubt Halo 2 would show anything on most stats as its relatively low
bandwidth. 
However, Half-Life 2 I believe did for some larger residential operators.

Many moons ago when Doom 2 was released we busied out modems so we could
get more bandwidth over to the US to get it downloaded quicker though.
Pizza Hut and Doom Deathmatches on the LAN :-)

Regards,
Neil.
[Transit capacity was 256kb/sec [yes k]

 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-nanog@merit.edu [mailto:owner-nanog@merit.edu] On 
> Behalf Of Eric Gauthier
> Sent: 08 December 2004 16:09
> To: Fergie (Paul Ferguson)
> Cc: nanog@merit.edu
> Subject: Re: Halo 2 and broadband traffic
> 
> 
> Heya,
> 
> > Has anyone actually noticed any increases in residential broadband 
> > traffic due to Halo 2?
> > 
> > 
> http://news.com.com/Does%20the%20Halo%202%20effect%20threaten%20broadb
> > and/2100-1034_3-5481727.html
> 
> Here's a really useless datapoint for you :)
> 
> We have about 12,000 students in our dorms.  Because we force 
> students to register their computers via the Web and the 
> XBox/PS2's don't appear to have web browsers, we have 
> somewhat of a handle on who many are in use on campus.
> We've generally average about four or five new XBox/PS2's per 
> month over the past year but we registered 12 in November 
> (all were on or after 11/9).
> We're also tracking down another five to ten hosts that we 
> believe are also XBox/PS2s.  There were three more registered 
> so far in December.  Obviously, this doesn't include any 
> gaming systems that sit behind NAT-boxes.
> 
> Overall, we typically move around 190/230bbps 
> inbound/outbound from our campus and we've seen no real 
> noticable change in our bandwidth.  We do have a few 
> peer-to-peer limiters in the network, so its also possible 
> that the gaming systems are being caught in there.  
> 
> Eric :)
>