Are ping results dropping when SCP'ing normal?

user3791372 asked:

Whilst scp’ing a file to a server, the ping responses of the server drops to be 6 times slow at ~640ms. Is this… normal? I’m using nginx, is this an indicator that it needs fine tuning?

My answer:

Your pings are competing for bandwidth with your file transfer. So of course they will take longer. This most likely indicates that you’ve maxed out your home network’s bandwidth.

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