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we have a teenager on a home lan who is constantly downloading and watching youtube. he's slows everyone's networking.

i've tried several programs but they don't work or he unistalls them.

is there a reg tweak/file i can use to throttle gim down to dial-up speeds? :whistle:

thanks

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sorry for not being cleaner...... he's on a lan with 4 other pc's. i've tried serveral programs but he manages to find them in the taskmanger and then disables them or unistalls them.

i hope a registry tweak will stop him {he's afraid to mess with the registry :)}.

thanks for suggesting Bandwidth Controller Personal Edition.

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If you control the LAN equipment then you have entirely different options. Do you use a consumer-grade router of some sort? If so, then QoS might alleviate your problem a bit if you set his IP or MAC to low priority. That would be the easiest thing to try, and if it doesn't work then we have some other options :)

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Configuring the network bandwidth used by BITS

This tip is only valid on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or later, or computers with BITS 2.0 or later installed.

BITS is the service Windows uses for, amongst other things, downloading updates from the Windows Update or the a WSUS server in non-interactive mode; namely when Automatic Update downloads hotfixes or service packs automatically.

In some circumstances it may be advantageous to limit the bandwidth that BITS can use - for example, when the computer is at the end of a dial-up link. Although the simplest method of doing this is via the BITS group policy, there are occasions when you may wish to set the values manually.

The BITS configuration has a number of options:

* The maximum on-schedule bandwidth utilisation

* The start hour and end hour of the schedule to use

* Whether to use the maximum available bandwidth or a user-specifed value for off-schedule times

* If required (see above point), the bandwidth to use during off-schedule times

For instance, in the above example of a machine connected via dial-up link, you may wish to limit BITS to its minimum speed (approximately 2kbs) during working hours, but use all available bandwidth outside of that time.

To configure the BITS parameters

* Use a registry editing tool to navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\BITS

If the BITS key does not exist, create it.

* Insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

EnableBITSMaxBandwidth

Value:

1

* Insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

MaxTransferRateOnSchedule

Value:

The maximum transfer speed in kbps between 0 and 4294967200.

If you specify 0, BITS will use its minimum transfer speed; around 2 kbps.

* Insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

MaxBandwidthValidFrom

Value:

The hour of the day (in 24-hour format) at which you want the schedule to become active.

* Insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

MaxBandwidthValidTo

Value:

The hour of the day (in 24-hour format) at which you want the schedule to become inactive.

* If you wish to use the system maximum transfer rate outside of the defined schedule, insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

UseSystemMaximum

Value:

1

* if you wish to set a maximum speed during the off-schedule hours, insert or change a value with the following details:

Data Type:

DWORD

Value Name:

MaxTransferRateOffSchedule

Value:

The maximum transfer speed in kbps between 0 and 4294967200.

If you specify 0, BITS will use its minimum transfer speed; around 2 kbps.

* Restart the computer (or simply stop and restart the BITS service) for the changes to take effect.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\BITS]
"EnableBITSMaxBandwidth"=dword:00000001
"MaxTransferRateOnSchedule"=dword:0
"MaxBandwidthValidFrom"=dword:00000001
"MaxBandwidthValidTo"=dword:00000024
"UseSystemMaximum"=dword:00000001
"MaxTransferRateOffSchedule"=dword:0

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What the....

@bober, BITS only controls bandwidth utilization by applications that already use BITS, and that's controlled at the download location only, not the sending location. This will absolutely not help you.

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If software doesn’t work I would take a look at a cheap hardware solution like the LinkSYS SLM2005;It should be around 90 US$. You can use the 4 hardware queues function to lower the speed, or priority, on a port like TAiN posted here.

It´s layer 2, no need for layer 3 here ;).

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