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30-Mar-2010, 07:32 AM #1
How to prioritise bandwidth useage on my home network.
Heres the situation,

I have a greedy housemate who is downloading (not sure whether its bittorrent or other p2p stuff yet) or streaming a lot of online video, allmost all day and the internet speed has ground to a halt, i can barely access a webpage most of the time (not even google!).

I have access (me only) to the router,

Specs: NETGEAR 54Mbps Wireless Router WGR614 v7

What i would like to do is;

  1. Prioritise my bandwidth over his
  2. Possibly block p2p services
  3. Limit his bandwidth to a rate where i can access webpages uninterupted.
Can this be done on my router, i see options available on the management page such as;

  • block sites
  • block services
Please no suggestions such as "talk to him" or "buy a new router/service provider".

As a side question, i found out how to see what sites hes accessing but is there someway to see how much bandwidth hes using?

Thanks!
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30-Mar-2010, 10:16 AM #2
Can i use something like this, or do i have to install this on every computer?

http://bandwidthcontroller.com/features.html
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30-Mar-2010, 11:18 AM #3
Ok i did some digging, apparently i need a router capable of QoS which i dont think mine has, i think the only option is too block certain ports (i dont know what this is really), used by torrents etc. Question, by using port blocking is it possible to block other things such as other download programs?
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30-Mar-2010, 03:30 PM #4
i think so. as long as you know the port number for each program.
but p2p program also allows the client to change the port number.... but again.. you can block a range of ports....
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31-Mar-2010, 04:32 AM #5
Yes i found this usefulish table online http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~rakerman/port-table.html, i think the best alternative for my retarded housemate is to block his http port once every so often since it comes up with the same message as when my internet slows to a halt!
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