Application that will limit my roommates bandwidth

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  1. alleventsareeve macrumors newbie

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    I pay for internet in my appartment and my roommate is constantly downloading torrents, which I believe has been painfully slowing down my connection. Am I right assuming that? And if so is there an application that will allow me to limit his bandwidth use? The modem and wireless router are both in my room and only I have access to them.
     
  2. McKnight macrumors member

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    Try logging into your router and enabling Quality Of Service (QoS), this will place packets of a user level nature (skype, msn, html etc) above those of system level nature (torrents etc).

    This should help to give your data priority over any torrents he's doing.
     
  3. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, but when I log into my router I can't find an option for QoS.
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    talk to him and ask he to set download speed limit in his torrent software. He would understand.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    On a Linksys router, it is under Applications & Gaming. QoS is the last selection on the right.
     
  6. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately I don't trust him to do that.

    I found the QoS setting, thank you. I do hope it helps.
     
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    One who pays should make the rules; since you do, you should tell him to stop downloading torrents.
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Hopefully you're not in one of those areas affected by the sliding scale for internet costs based on usage :-\
     
  10. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. Tell him to stop hogging your bandwidth or you'll boot him off your network. If he doesn't, change your network name and stop broadcasting the SSID, change your WPA password, and turn on MAC addressing. Then make sure he can't access your router while you're not there so he can't reset it.
     
  11. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a

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    Make a quick phone call to the RIAA and MPAA. That should solve some problems.
     
  12. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So as far as everyone knows, there is not a way to limit his bandwidth?
     
  13. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also, I have no intention of creating an antagonistic air in the household. If I ask him to stop downloading torrents, how will I know if he actually stops? I don't want to have to knock on his door and look over his shoulder every time my connection is slow. He doesn't know much about computers and neither do I, which is why I came to this forum to find out if there was a way to limit or stop his ability to download torrents on my side.
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Just block the ports on your router.

    But really I think you have a bigger issue on your hands. Your roommate is making you an accomplice in potentially illegal activity.
     
  15. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I block the ports? And will it create any problems for my internet usage?

    I don't feel like policing him or moving or any of that, I'm looking for a practical solution that I'm comfortable with. This is post for tech help.
     
  16. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Do speedtest now
    Do speedtest without his computer connected
    Show result


    Unfortunately in most cases it's the upload speed that affects the overall speed
    Depends on router you might be able to install 3rd party firmware that has the feature.
     
  17. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Here's the thing -- with advanced routers that companies use you can do all sorts of stuff in terms of limiting/throttling access. With consumer level routers (i.e., <$100) you generally cannot, or the controls are fairly limited. So you can spend money on a more expensive router or use other work arounds or talk to him.

    In terms of port blocking, the only consequences are if you want to use a program that needs those ports. Of course, you can open them up.

    Why not try for some middle ground--can he do his torrents downloads in the middle of the night? Tell him it impacts the network a lot, you're upset about it, and want him to have some courtesy.
     
  18. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    If your computer is wired, and the other person is wireless, I saw this post on a dlink forum:

    If your ISP gives 8 Mbit/sec bandwidth, for example,
    and your tenant is connecting wirelessly, just log into
    the wireless router, and change the wireless CAP from
    802.11g at 54 Mbit/sec auto, to 1 Mbit/sec or 2 Mbit/sec
    for example, thereby reserving yourself the remainder
    of the bandwidth.

    If he connects hardwired to your router, you can't filter
    protocols out ...since you would need packet filtering
    to be done.
     
  19. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

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    port blocking doesnt always block torrent activity. the best means of limiting torrent activity is to either limit the amount of bandwidth allocated for such activities, something you can do through your router with permission restrictions. you can also limit bandwidth at specific times. check your router manufacturer, the manual will have the info.

    you don't have to create an antagonistic air but if the person is civil enough to respect the wishes of the guy paying the cost, he should obey what you want. easier said than done in reality though. if he still doesn't change, yank the internet and rationalize that you don't want him hogging the internet for pron or whatever else he downloads. it is this way or the highway. as the main financier, you HAVE this right and you have the authority to enforce it. don't be a pushover and let the person know. you don't have to break the guy's kneecaps but do be assertive when you need to, you know?
     
  20. madog macrumors 65816

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    If you block the ports and disable NAP (MAP?) or UPnP then they should only be able to squeeze around 10-20k download speeds from their connections. While not disabling it completely, it would act as a bit of a speed bump.

    LinkSYS uses UPnP, I forgot where it is located but it is definately something you can disable. Also, there is a Port Forwarding/Mapping section you can go to, to delete any info that may have been placed there not by yourself.

    Also, I would change the router password. If you use LinkSys then 192.168.1.1 is the universal address to connect to the router settings which can be accessed by anyone connected to the network. Name: blank, pass: "admin" is then the default info to connect, and should be changed if you are worried about him getting into those settings. This isn't the wireless info to connect to the netwoprk, but the info to get "into" the router once connected to the network (where you previously changed that QoS info).

    Check out this site to see if your ISP is listed as one who blocks/limits torrents and use that as an excuse if your roommate asks why it's been acting slow. If his torrent app reports the ports as being blocked by the application (since you disabled it) let him know that the ISP has the ability to block ports on their end for your connection as well.

    To take it even further, if he asks you to open a port, do so for a couple days and make sure he knows it is open (through checking his torrent app, don't let him look at the router), and then disable it again. Say that you opened it and the ISP must've blocked it again. From there you could take it to the next level. Then say you called the ISP and they suspected "business level activity" and suggested that you upgrad to the next tier of service, but that there is no way for you to pay a penny more for it. Have him pay the difference of the upgrade, and then you won't have to care what he does with the connection (if you don't truly care), and you won't feel bad about asking him nicely to limit download/upload speeds during the day, or when you using the net.

    Even though I don't think you should feel bad asking him that now, "Hey man, I don't want to be a dick, but I was downloading some **** (for school/work) and it's going really slow. If you have any torrents going, could you please limit them to half speed, or pause them (for a few hours) or until tonight? That would be cool, thanks."
     
  21. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

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    or you could tell him - hey, i need my pron tonight, i am fresh out. don't deny a man his pron lifeblood. it is a cardinal sin according to the universal man-rules.
     
  22. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    You can use IPFW to shape bandwidth.

    Download WaterRoof to configure it.
     
  23. madog macrumors 65816

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    I know my suggestion is a bit too in depth, but I actually could have gone on. My mind is full of useless information and I can conjure up any ridiculous excuse to cover any number of George Costanza situations.


    I assumed he would have tried that first. I actually leave notes on all of my neighbors doors with that info because we all use cable in the area. :rolleyes:
     
  24. alleventsareeve thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for my ignorance, but will I need to instal WaterRoof on his machine?
     
  25. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    um by getting the op n trouble as its his name on the contract....:rolleyes:
     

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