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    burning up bandwidth

    What kinds of programs are there that can limit the bandwidth of a computer? I am curious because I am getting really slow speeds because other computers in my network are always downloading big files. Or is there an option in windows to slow the computers download speed?
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    AFAIK there isn't an option in windows that will let you limit the bandwidth.

    If you use a computer to connect to the Internet (by using ICS i.e.) there should be some programs that will let you throttle certain connections.

    But maybe there's a simpler way. With what are they downloading big files? Some P2P software maybe? Alot of P2P software will let you limit the maximum download/upload speed.
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    mungyun,

    There are two basic sorts of software that do this:

    1. Bandwidth limiters (chokes) that reduce the actual speed of individual connections.
    2. Bandwidth caps that allow a certain amount of traffic in a set time period.

    I am afraid that I do not have any links but if you do a google search for those you should find quite a bit. They will all be commercial and have to be used by the network administrator.

    I am not aware of anything that an individual can do and would NOT recommend it if i was, as it would most certainly upset the network admins

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    Some kind of firewalls/proxies can limit bandwidht at user/computer level. You can customize, for example, that a specific user can use 5% of BW or all FTP connections cannot exceed 30% of BW.
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    Hmmm, doesnt Squid offer bandwidth control of some form? I recall that it does.
    http://www.squid-cache.org

    I could be wrong though

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    I use a small program called netlimiter it allows you to control bandwidth on an app by app level. So if you need more bandwith for say a P2P and less for email then you can set it up that way. It is user friendly and easily configured.

    Oh its not freeware.

    http://www.netlimiter.com/

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    You didn't specify what kind of connection you are on or if this is for home or work...

    But, if you are authorized to do something like this, you could setup a router made from a linux box. You can also shape traffic. Its actually a pretty cool project. I've known people to use it to shape traffic on their home web/ftp servers so all his bandwith isn't sucked up from people accessing files/pages.

    http://lartc.org/howto/
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    hey Dcrypter, ive visited netlimiter site and it looks good for my (personal) needs.
    Site is kinda unclear about details of the software. Do you have some docs about that i can have?
    tks anyway for info
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    Within Windows you can either crank down the NIC's speed by configuring the advanced properties of the network connection (although this really just lets you set a 10/100 card at 10) or you can twiddle with the registry. All the registry settings are listed in KB article 314053 at:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...&Product=winxp

    I've fiddled with this in a few cases with so-so results. I'd really recommend one of the options already listed, particularly phishphreek80's idea.

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