How can I assign bandwidth to computers connected to my router via LAN and wireless?

ahmad August 12, 2011

I have a Thomson TG585 v7 router and have an ADSL connection. There are 3 computers connected to the internet through the router via LAN and wireless.

How can I divide speed between these computers, so that specific PCs can use more than 15 Kb from the speed for example?

  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    depending on how your network is set up. If you have a router that controls your network you can get into the setup menu for it through a browser and specify the allowed bandwidth for a particular machine. You'll likely need to do this from a machine that is using wired connection to the router instead of a wireless one. You'll also need the MAC address for the machine that you are planning on restricting. To get the MAC address you'll need to open a command window (Start > Run > type "cmd") and enter "ipconfig". The MAC address is labeled Physical Address and should be one of the first items in the list that comes up.


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  2. Mike
    August 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

    The easiest method probably is using a software traffic shaper like Jeffery already suggested. The downside: You have to put it on each system.

    Another option would be to use the QoS (Quality of Service) of your Router.The difference is that QoS isn't really capable to assign a certain bandwidth to certain devices or services. Instead it uses a priority list to divide and assign it. 
    This means any computer, device, service or application can use the full bandwidth as long as none other has any demands. 
    If for example one Ethernet and one Wireless client have a high demand you can control it by assigning one of them a higher priority. The one with the higher priority will get more (prioritized) bandwidth. As soon as it's demand is gone the other one will be able to utilize the full bandwidth for the time being.
    Now, the TG585v7 does support QoS by factory defaults but it all comes down to the Firmware. Certain providers either remove functions in their customized web interface or deactivate it at all on Firmware level. So I can't give you any headings for where to look at.

  3. Jeffery Fabish
    August 13, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Sounds like you're looking for a traffic shaper. I used to use Net Limiter on my network, to set specific system bandiwdth consumption limits.

    Also, more sophisticated routers have bandwidth distribution limiting capabilities built in.