Sharing bandwidth

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by kcut, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. kcut

    kcut Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    If your household has several computer users, especially children playing online games, how can you ensure that each user has an equal share of the bandwidth?

    The worst of course is when someone uses P2P software and hogs all of the bandwidth! With a regular home router what do you do to make sure everyone in the house can use the internet with equally decent performance?
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  3. Maarten

    Maarten Member

    Jun 7, 2014
    The only way to achieve this is to get a router with a good QoS system. You can select P2P traffic to be a LOW priority, so other protocols (e.g. Netflix streaming, etc) will get priority over P2P traffic.

    My ASUS RT-N66U router has a pretty configurable QoS system with the Merlin firmware. This unit can be gotten for around $100 on Newegg at the moment. Among others, it allows you to specifically target 4 different P2P traffic types, Bittorrent being one of them. It also allows you to give high priority to certain games, as games don't really cost/eat a lot of bandwidth to keep them kids from complaining. ;) P2P is indeed your hog there, and a router like this one is your solution.

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