Controlling/Limiting traffic over Server-less LAN...

September 23, 2012 at 01:47:41
Specs: Windows 7, core2duo 2.8G/3Gb
I have DSL broadband connection (Modem : Zyxel P600 Series). I have shared it with some (03 No.) of my friends using low cost TPLINK Ethernet switch (TL-SF1005D).

The connection configuration is as follows,

|--------->user1 (me)
Broadband Modem----------->Ethernet switch --------->|--------->user2

The problem is that they use torrents and streaming quiet a lot. Due to which, sometimes the browsing is not efficient on my PC which is frustrating.

Is there any way to place some sort of limit on different ports of switch or to block downloading using torrents?

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September 23, 2012 at 05:08:21
I don't think you'll be able to limit bandwidth with your present equipment. While I've never used one, it's my understanding some SOHO router's will limit bandwidth. So you may have to look at buying a new router (research first to ensure you get one with the capabliities you need).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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September 23, 2012 at 07:49:59
There is a way to run a virtual machine in one of the computers. Then you can run a very advanced firewall like IPcop or I forget the clark connect one and maybe untangle. Really any linux could be used but some of the pre-made advanced firewall sofware distributions have some advanced features to include ability to block applications

Your connection drawing would have to be changed if you had two nic's in a single computer. Otherwise you point all computers to the one with the vm and usually with two ip addresses on one nic works OK. The traffic flows then to the virtual machine running the firewall. The virtual machine then points to the modem..

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