99% Usage with Wireless Enabled; 4% Without

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Aug 21st, 2009
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I use a Cisco 800 Wireless Router--with wireless enabled, my VoIP Provider tells me I am using 99% of my T1 bandwidth. With the wireless radio disabled, my usage drops to 4%. WEP Encrypted password; "probably" no one is stealing signal to broadcase video, which is about what it would take to use 95% of a T1. Any thoughts at all? (We're a small graphic design company with mostly Macs - T1 in, converted to the Cisco router, then a non-managed 24 port switch -- very simple network. Use the wireless mostly for client convenience.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Jonathan Schulenberg Fri, 08/21/2009 - 14:41
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I would start with changing the key (and encryption to WPA), then enabling the radio. Does the traffic load immediately return even with a new key?

richardgalik Fri, 08/21/2009 - 15:44
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Thanks for the response. I'll try WPA encryption on Monday and ask the VoIP provider if the usage drops. By the way, do you know of a small tool to look at usage myself?


paolo bevilacqua Sun, 08/23/2009 - 07:47
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Try prtg.

You can also check usage with "show interface".

I would leave radio setting alone for now. You can check who is connected with "show dot associa"

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