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hi, at home theres 3 of us(mac + 2 pc's) and were sharing a 2 mb internet conection through a d-link router, the problem is that when ever anyone downloads anything the internet becomes so increadably slow for the other 2 peaple. i was just curious wether anyone knew of a solution. is there any bandwidth restrictors out there for os x( met a guy in the pub whos gona give us a pc version!) any help much apreichiated
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i thought that it all had to be done at the router end which means a premium router (ie 500+)



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It would as a best scenario solution be a router end solution as that's the thing that ultimately decides the destination of the packets coming in over the network. Any software based solution is likely to use a messy 'polled' method of restriction whereby it continually checks the speed and through whichever magic lowers the bandwidth constantly, and as such it will probably be a bit of a hog.

Of course it depends what you are downloading from, some applications have maximum bandwidth limits put in, Safari however and web browsers don't seem to...

Google I guess!

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cheers guys, google wasnt much help. i kind of think that perhaps we need to get into the routers preferences and do it that way
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It shouldn't slow down to that extent really. Are some users uploading at all? (Like sending a file via MSN or whatever) because uploading crucifies the speed, but downloading a file should not effect it so bad.

I have 5 PCs and 3 Macs connected to a 2Mb connection. Out of that, 3 PCs and two Macs are on more or less all the time - I can see a slight difference when one person is downloading, but I can see an incredibe difference when one of them is uploading, so much so, that I notice it immediately - its like being back on narrowband.

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yea one of the guys is really in to bit torrents so i guess when hes downloading hes also uploading at the same time, its like a having a dial up back again!can you share the upload bandwidth evenly then?
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Yeah, ask the guy who's hogging all the bandwidth to knock it off

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If he uses bittorrent, you should be able to limit the bandwidth in the bittorrent software settings, for example:

http://www.bittorrent.com/FAQ.html#uploadlimit

You can do this with any P2P application Go through the settings and knock the upload limit right down - this then ensures that those who upload programs via his computer can only upload them at a certain bandwidth limit (like 25kbps for example)

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