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Is it normal for the router to connect to other computers on the network?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 05:46 PM

Is it normal? In my computer, svchost.exe is communicating with the router and the router also sends inbound connections.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:21 PM

Usually it's a keep-alive script that the router sends out to the computer to make sure it is still there. It is usually done every so many seconds/minutes/ whatever your router is configured at. Keep-alive packets are generally harmless and use very little to no bandwidth. To verify it's the keep-alive packets, see if your monitor software (ie: firewall) will let you see the returning packets to the router. They should match up.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:24 PM

What do you mean by "match up"?

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 09:45 PM

For every incoming packet from the router there should be an outgoing packet of equal size. These ones that occur every so many minutes/seconds/hours are your keep-alive packets.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 12:25 PM

Hi again. Sorry for the delay.

Sometimes, the sent and received packets match up but sometimes the received packets are much greater than the sent ones.




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