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DropBox slows my network to a crawl

DropBox slows my network to a crawl

C-dub
New member | Level 2

Running Mac OS 10.11.6. Far as I can go without bricking my legacy Adobe CS6. 

If DropBox is running, network download speeds are reduced from 15 mbs to <1mbs.

Doesn't matter if sync is running, paused or up to date. 

All devices on the network are effected. Have to nuke DropBox in Activity Monitor or disconnect from network to let others work.

 

Started with a 2009 MacPro tower. Thought initially it might be hardware, but transferred HD into 2011 MacBook Pro. Same story.

That's when I used Activity Monitor to figure out what was still using network when all apps were idle. DropBox was culprit.

 

Any ideas for a cure?

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Re: DropBox slows my network to a crawl

Jay
Dropboxer

Hi @C-dub, thanks for posting today!

 

Could you check to see if the Dropbox desktop application is using a lot of CPU or RAM? If so, try the steps in this article to see if they help reduce its footprint.

 

If there is bandwidth usages, you can also try limiting the speeds of the desktop app in the preferences.

 

Let me know how it goes!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: DropBox slows my network to a crawl

C-dub
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Fix was to ditch the desktop app.

It never showed excessive bandwith or CPU usage.

I'm guessing a conflict with my aging platform. I have a couple dedicated graphics machines that can't update past El Capitan. 

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