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League of Legends and Pando Media Booster
So I’ve been having a ton of internet trouble lately. Hulu and Netflix just won’t connect. I have to refresh constantly and eventually I’d get a page connect. GMail was broken. I couldn’t upload anything anywhere. There was nothing in my virus logs. There were no weird things in my logs.
Last night I was looking at my services panel to turn off a few things. Lo and behold I stumbled across Pando Media Booster.
I turned it off and dived into the internet to see what it was. Basically it’s 3rd party P2P software that apps like League of Legends uses to offload the burden of file sharing to the player base. A pretty good idea and its a way for them to save money.
Unfortunately for me it was appearing to eat up all my upload bandwidth. I haven’t isolated the app and found a way to monitor that apps network usage, but I did find that turning it off dramatically sped up my internet connect and my computer fans went back to slightly-quieter-than-a-jet-engine (it had often been at hurricane levels). My experience is anecdotal but given the high volume of other people experiencing the same issues I believe it’s worth giving some credence.
Lots of thoughts about Pando are on the LoL forums and the first post does a good job of summarizing things.
Uninstalling it was trivial and it appears to have played nice with a regular uninstall. League of Legends still worked fine.
Personally I don’t mind using some sort of P2P client to download and share game installs. What I do mind is completely burying the installation in a link within the TOS (not even actually in the TOS themselves), installing in the background and continuing to act as a P2P client without my knowledge and without caps on its usage.
I’m just glad I’m not in Australia or another country where you are charged for your bandwidth.
About to buy a used bike. Or end up in a wood chipper. It only goes one of two ways with Craig’s List. #truefacts
While looking for airbrushing tips I stumbled across a rather amazing miniature gaming site called Rankings HQ. I am completely enamored with their video series RHQTV. It is clearly evident that they put a lot of time and thought into their videos. I’ve already learned quite a bit watching some battle reports and terrain tutorials.