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The first time this happened I thought it was just a coincidence. I have Spotify on my laptop but haven't used it in years. Yesterday I opened Spotify and within a few seconds, I noticed that my browser was no longer working. Strangely Skype continued to work but other programs such as Remote Desktop didn't work either. Initially I thought it was a problem with my laptop, but when I checked my Android device, I noticed that it too was no longer able to connect to the internet through the Wifi. Only after restarting the Wifi router was I able to reconnect to the internet.

Tonight this happened again after opening Spotify, so I'm quite confident that Spotify is the source of the problem. A Google search resulted in only this link, which was useless

What can I do next time this happens, and how can I prevent it? I have to telephone another person to restart the router every time this happens, which is far from ideal for both of us.

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Which version of Spotify are you using? Click Help > About Spotify to see the version number. Which operating system? – iglvzx Mar 17 '12 at 1:47
Thia is XP service pack 3. It's an old version of Spotify, I don't want to open it again as I'm trying to get some work done! Haha! – TrojanName Mar 18 '12 at 11:26
Same answers :( – Frank Jun 3 '12 at 17:11
I'm noticing this too. At work and at home, both running DD-WRT on the router, mac osx on laptop connected wirelessly. Not all the time but maybe every 10th time of using spotify the router will lock up. Quitting spotify usually clears it up. I can't prove Spotify is causing the prob but the correlation is significant. – MDrollette Aug 6 '12 at 15:09

Spotify is a P2P network, implying that utilization of the service will require a portion of your upstream bandwidth. Some users report that traffic from Spotify saturates their entire upstream. That would certainly account for your "browser not working", because all TCP (regular) internet connections require a small amount of traffic "in the opposite direction".

There are applications out there free and commercial, that will allow you to throttle bandwidth usage of user applications. Use of such "net limiters" may violate the Spotify EULA, which would make them pigs, but that's not strictly relevant...

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PS. I haven't read the EULA and I'm certainly no authority on pig or human anatomy. – Ярослав Рахматуллин Mar 11 '13 at 13:13

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