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Imhotep0

join:2002-09-12
Beverly Hills, CA

how to allocate bandwidth on a home network?

i want to be able to allocate bandwidth to the different machines on my network.

i have two dlink routers one piggybacked to the other. all my connections are wired execpt for one wireless pc connected to the piggybacked router (dhcp disabled).

if i were to replace the main rounter with a higher end cisco router would it enable me to traffic shape via ip/mac address? including the wireless machine?

thanks for any help/suggestions.


psafux
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join:2005-11-10
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QOS is the feature you are looking for. It is a common feature on routers, but not all have them.

stevech0

join:2006-09-17
San Diego, CA
and for the true geek, you can do QoS and bandwidth shaping using DD-WRT - replacement firmware for certain wireless routers.

Imhotep0

join:2002-09-12
Beverly Hills, CA
reply to Imhotep0
thanks but i have qos and it doesnt work for me, i even tried the dlink gaming router, it still lags when the bit torrents are running on other machines.

what i really want is to be able to allocate specific bandwidth limits to different ip/mac addresses.


No_Strings
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2008-13
join:2001-11-22
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said by Imhotep0:

what i really want is to be able to allocate specific bandwidth limits to different ip/mac addresses.
Possible, but requires moving up to the next level of hardware. A lot of SOHO stuff (ex: ZyXEL & Sonicwall) offers real bandwidth management. You'll spend more than you would on consumer grade gear, but will probably be happy with the features and performance.

stevech0

join:2006-09-17
San Diego, CA
reply to Imhotep0
said by Imhotep0:

thanks but i have qos and it doesnt work for me, i even tried the dlink gaming router, it still lags when the bit torrents are running on other machines.

what i really want is to be able to allocate specific bandwidth limits to different ip/mac addresses.
DD-WRT gives you the flexibility to cap bandwidth whereas QoS alone simply prioritizes packets.


DaMaGeINC
The Lan Man
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join:2002-06-08
Greenville, SC
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reply to Imhotep0
said by Imhotep0:

thanks but i have qos and it doesnt work for me, i even tried the dlink gaming router, it still lags when the bit torrents are running on other machines.

what i really want is to be able to allocate specific bandwidth limits to different ip/mac addresses.
Thats when you cap your bit torrent downloads and uploads to where it does not affect performance for you.

If it makes you lag when playen games, then your settings are set too high.
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Imhotep0

join:2002-09-12
Beverly Hills, CA
reply to No_Strings
any particular models you would recommend?

Imhotep0

join:2002-09-12
Beverly Hills, CA
reply to DaMaGeINC
they aren't my machines or i would do that.


DaMaGeINC
The Lan Man
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Greenville, SC
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Is it your connection?


DaMaGeINC
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ddwrt
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ClearOS
This is the QOS on DD-WRT. You can limit the ports to certain speeds that they can not go over. Not sure how well it works as I dont use DD-WRT to do my QOS, but maybe this can help you.

The 2nd picture is a software solution called ClearOS. Its a computer based router that does more than any other software that I have ever seen. You can specify port based BW managment and will solve your problems. Only drawback(if you consider this one)is that it runs on a computer, so it will take the place of the router or you can set it up just as a gateway. Takes a little more time to configure but once its all said and done, you will have control of your network like nothing else.
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No_Strings
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join:2001-11-22
The OC
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reply to Imhotep0
ZyWall 2+ is a nice entry level device with policy-based bandwidth management.

»www.provantage.com/zyxel-zywall-···E082.htm

Imhotep0

join:2002-09-12
Beverly Hills, CA
reply to Imhotep0
Big thanks to DaMaGeINC and NoStrings, i'm looking into both options!