Limit off campus room rental internet usage

August 8, 2010 at 20:52:21
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Hello. I am not very good with computers and I would like some help.

I am renting out five rooms to tenants in my house on a college campus. We have Comcast cable. Some nights, the internet would slow to a crawl, and I know that one of the tenants download a lot of music and movies.

I would like to know if it's possible to limit internet usage for individual computers so no one person can slow down the speed.

We have a N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WNDR3700.
Thanks for your help. I'm not very good with computers, so I apologize in advance.


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August 9, 2010 at 01:06:06

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#2
August 9, 2010 at 02:41:42
If you limit internet usage you are likely to face the possibility of no one wanting to rent the room. After all, college kids are the heaviest internet users,

What you should do is upgrade your Comcast Home Service to Comcast business class (CLICK ME). Of course it will be expensive but remember you can write it off on your income tax return.

I am not with Comcast but I think that if you do not upgrade to Business class, you will hear from the ISP regarding your excessive bandwidth usage.

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#3
August 9, 2010 at 07:37:30
Thanks. You make a really good point, but they don't pay for internet usage. We provide it for free, otherwise they can wire it to their own rooms.

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August 9, 2010 at 07:59:16
If you limit internet usage you are likely to face the possibility of no one wanting to rent the room. After all, college kids are the heaviest internet users,

Not to be argumentative or to be disrespectful but I have to disagree with the above statement. Aside from having family and numerous friends who attended university or college, I have also attended college myself

It's been my experience that the main concerns college kids have is how much it costs to rent and how close it is to the college. Not how much bandwidth they get. Personally, I wouldn't worry about this when considering whether or not to limit the bandwidth.

I would limit it. I would divide the total bandwidth available by the number of users and allocate each that much to each person to be fair.

Thanks. You make a really good point, but they don't pay for internet usage. We provide it for free, otherwise they can wire it to their own rooms.

If they can get their own internet then I would definitely limit it, and I'd tell them you are and why (because someone is hogging the bandwidth up/downloading illegal files).

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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#5
August 9, 2010 at 08:00:55
michwng you need a router that has bandwidth control for apps like utorrent and other download programs. You can then set the bandwidth limits which is VERY reasonable when sharing among many.

I provide student housing and they pay for their own. This keeps you out of the problem.


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#6
February 15, 2011 at 13:25:54
Your router probably has this built in. On my linksys wrt54gs, it's hidden under applications and gaming, QoS (quality of service). You can prioritize connections by their MAC address or by application being used regardless of who's using it.

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