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Bandwidth allocation: How can I give a download limit for each user?

To manage bandwidth, learn how to allocate download limits for each user in your network with policy settings on devices, our administration expert advises.

How can I give a download limit for each user? I have a Linksys DSL modem with wireless.

When asked about setting download limits, I am assuming you'd like more information on managing bandwidth allocation by user. The best way to accomplish this is to have a rate-limiting policy on the DSL modem. It really depends on the model of your Linksys DSL modem as to whether or not it inherently supports a rate-limiting policy.

For example, I'm looking at the Linksys BEFSR81 EtherFast Cable/DSL router with an 8-port switch. That device supports QoS policy settings to limit bandwidth based on three potential criteria: device priority, Ethernet port priority, or application priority. To satisfy your requirement, setting up a rate-limit based on device priority would ensure that you have limited the rate at which that particular user can transfer data through that device.

If your device doesn't support it inherently, you can also look at firmware upgrades either provided by Linksys or something like DD-WRT that adds specialized features to firmware of common devices.

Hope that helps. Good Luck! Enjoy!

This was first published in January 2009

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