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Windows 7: Skype hogging bandwidth during calls

14 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Skype hogging bandwidth during calls

Recently (or so I've noticed), Skype has been using up nearly all my bandwidth during calls. When I'm in a call, web pages take forever to load and a quick email sync takes 3 minutes instead of 3 seconds. The quality of the Skype call itself isn't too good, either.

Here are some results from during and after a call:

Before and after:
Ping: 43ms
Down: 12.90Mbps
Up: 1.08Mbps

During the call:
Ping: 278ms
Down: 0.58Mbps
Up: 0.05Mbps

Why is Skype using up so much bandwidth during calls? Anyone got any idea?

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14 Feb 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Probably not Skype itself. What version are you running? Often a driver will become corrupt requiring frequent data re-sends causing the bottleneck.

Latency is often caused by a driver, run this (free) to check. DPC Latency Checker

If you have the current version I might try a Skype re-install
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