WiFi network bandwidth limit

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by nightfrog, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. nightfrog

    nightfrog Guest

    Hi,

    Our house uses a Wifi Belkin cable router with up to 7 users (54G
    cards)on a 2Mb line.

    The problem is as soon as 1 person decides to download, others usually
    lose their bandwidth to the point that no traffic goes through (except
    person downloading).

    The router firmware doesn't appear to be able to handle bandwidth
    limits (no option on interface) so am stuck trying to balance the share
    of bandwidth between users, in order to garantee that ALL can be online
    at the same time.

    Does anyone know of a solution excluding an internet gateway server?
    Maybe somes soft client that can be installed on the culprit machines
    (or inconsiderate users!)? any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Oli
     
    nightfrog, Nov 4, 2005
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  2. nightfrog

    John Navas Guest

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    In <> on 3 Nov 2005
    I suspect the real problem is uploading (e.g., when file sharing). On pure
    download, all active clients will get roughly equal priority. But if the
    uplink gets saturated, then downlink goes to hell for everyone. If this is
    the case, then a good bet would be a router that can throttle uplink by
    client.
     
    John Navas, Nov 4, 2005
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  3. nightfrog

    T i m Guest

    Hi Oli,

    I had the same when playing a ping / lag sensative internet
    'shoot-em-up' type game and my daughter fired up MSN / web cam ;-(

    I resolved it by installing Netlimiter on her PC and throttling
    Messenger to a reasonable bandwith. Ok her cam isn't as fast as it
    could be (but it works) and she can still use her PC for more
    'serious' work (homework) like browsing the web and checking her mail
    at a shared speed (and I don't get killed so quickly) ;-)

    All the best ..

    T i m

    p.s. She is 'happy' with this solution as the alternative was no cam
    at all ;-)
     
    T i m, Nov 4, 2005
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  4. I've been using DummyNet for bandwidth management (and traffic
    imparement simulation).
    http://info.iet.unipi.it/~luigi/ip_dummynet/
    It runs from a floppy disk or CF card on any PC with two ethernet
    cards. Not exactly a gateway server but possibly useable. It would
    probably be easier to buy a Linksys WRT54G which includes QoS
    features.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Nov 4, 2005
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  5. nightfrog

    nightfrog Guest

    Thanks guys,

    i doubt my housemates would be happy with me installing a client o
    their pc so it's gonna have to be a new router.

    Thank you all for your advice!.

    Oli
     
    nightfrog, Nov 5, 2005
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