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Can you stop a computer from hogging the internet connection on a small home network?


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20-Jan-2010, 10:11 AM #1
Can you stop a computer from hogging the internet connection on a small home network?
Can you stop a computer from hogging the Internet connection on a small home network? This must be a very common network problem. (Of course if there is only one computer accessing the net at the time there is no reason that it shouldnít use all the bandwidth.)

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20-Jan-2010, 12:38 PM #2
Sounds like someone is using P2P software on the network, it is the only software that I know if that will hog bandwidth.

If you are using a router, most have a configuration page that can limit bandwidth per user, consult your router user manual.

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20-Jan-2010, 02:24 PM #3
What's the exact make/model of your modem and router?
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23-Jan-2010, 11:42 AM #4
Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions.

No, itís not P2P software, it just a mixture of a slow internet connection and a lot of downloads.

I have a D-Link ADSL Router. Model: DSL-504T / UK. I had a look in its setup and I didnít see anything that looked promising but due to the networking jargon I wasnít sure and the manual wasnít much help.

However I donít want to limit a computers bandwidth when thereís no other traffic. I just want to stop a computer hogging the bandwidth if there are several computers using the net at the same time.

Any ideas?
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23-Jan-2010, 12:06 PM #5
If it has no QoS settings, it may not be possible. Most SOHO routers have limited bandwidth management capability.
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30-Jan-2010, 03:32 PM #6
Hi JohnWill,

Okay, so it looks like it will have to wait until I get a new router. But just to check, what facility should I be looking for? I don’t want to limit a computers bandwidth when there’s no other traffic. I just want to stop a computer hogging the bandwidth if there are several computers using the net at the same time. What is this called? Limited bandwidth management capability? QoS management?

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30-Jan-2010, 05:03 PM #7
Well, to really manage it, you'd want bandwidth management. DD-WRT 3rd party firmware offers bandwidth management, maybe you should shop for a router that's compatible with that.
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