How can I limit traffic on a wireless network?

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  1. Steve Juneau

    Steve Juneau I am teh em0z LULZ

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    So I live in a shared household with at least 3 other people using the network. They're foreign and I don't really want to talk to them, but at least 1 of them is downloading at a pretty high speed, and nigh on constantly.

    I've got admin privileges on the router and I'd like to be able to see who is using what and when, and also be able to limit the amount of bandwidth they are using. It takes the piss when I come home from work at 7pm and I wanna relax on the 360 but I can't because some twat is downloading and causing me to lag!

    I have a Belkin router, by the way.

    Thanks for any help :)
  2. Bear

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    Check Belkin's site, first thing...I'm not familiar with their GUI.

    Also, I'm sure this is something that can be set with Quality of Service support (QoS) ... I don't believe every router supports this though, fyi.
  3. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    heh funny I just did this on my router. I have a WRT54GS and installed the tomato firmware, which gives me a lot more control. I'm not sure if there is something similar for Belkin but I'm sure there is. There are several custom firmwares for the WRT54GS.
  4. Steve Juneau

    Steve Juneau I am teh em0z LULZ

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    There is apparently QoS already on the router, but turning it on didn't seem to do anything...

    Tomato doesn't work with it and I had a look at DD-WRT but it was kinda going over my head. Never was any good with networking!

    There is a Mac Address Filter option, which by definition should allow me to kick people off the network, but that doesn't seem to do alot either.

    VERY tempted to just change the password and fuck them all up :D
  5. Chainblade

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    well do you WANT to allow these people to get on your router? if not, just do the mac address filtering so they can't connect to it. if you want to allow them, than ya, you will want to use QoS to just restrict their bandwidth.
  6. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    I wish my brother wasn't such a ass whole. I loved my wrt54g wireless router, that thing was a monster. If he didn't still live at home i'd do the same thing and install the tomato firmware!
  7. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    ya the WRT54G is such a kickass router. so customizable. I want to get 802.11n but I don't want to get rid of this router!
  8. Steve Juneau

    Steve Juneau I am teh em0z LULZ

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    I'd rather not, but since it's shared, I kinda have to let them on! Even if they're taking a bigger slice of the pie than they should.

    If the QoS route doesn't work out, is there a way to give myself priority over them? So if I start gaming then it just works, and their downloading gets capped accordingly?
  9. El_Presidente_Pufferfish

    El_Presidente_Pufferfish I grew up here

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    Be a grownup and talk to them first
  10. chapel

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    What router do you have specifically?

    With qos you have to setup rules, which would most likely be to give the xbox highest priority over any other traffic, you could also find out what they are downloading so much of and downgrade the priority of that. Or if it allows you to do mac address based rules, you can just limit their computers priority.
  11. theartofbone

    theartofbone Junior Member

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    I think Pres Pufferfish said it best here...

    That's why you have a brain, mouth and vocal cords. Get your thoughts out to them, especially if they're the ones feeding off of your generosity.
  12. Steve Juneau

    Steve Juneau I am teh em0z LULZ

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    Please refer back to the second sentence of my first post to see why I don't wish to talk to them. When I say they're foreign, I mean it. They don't speak english.

    Chapel, it's the Belkin F5D7231. I've ticked the box for QoS but it hasn't then taken me to any preferences.
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  14. theartofbone

    theartofbone Junior Member

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    Speak to them in English!
    If they use the internet there is a high probability they will understand you.

    But I guess you're going for the super diplomatic route
  15. SoulAssassin

    SoulAssassin Car Ramrod

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    The intarwebz isn't just in english ya know.