How to Limit Internet Speed

How to Limit Internet Speed
How to Limit Internet Speed

Either the router or the computer can be used to change how fast the Internet is. You can limit speed on your own, but you can also use tools to give different settings to different programs, limit how much bandwidth they use, and change how they’re prioritized. Built-in parental controls can also set different limits for each account on the same computer. They can also block websites, limit downloads, and let you choose which programs can be used.

Put in traffic-control software

Step 1

Choose a traffic-shaping program like NetBalancer, Traffic Shaper XP, or NetLimiter, download it, and install it on the computer whose speed or bandwidth you want to limit (see Resources).

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Step 2

You can limit how fast your computer can download and upload as a whole, or you can choose which applications can use bandwidth first and how much they can use. Some shaping programs let you set limits on how much you can download or upload for certain programs.

Step 3

Save your changes and make more changes as needed. You might get the best results if you test your program at times when there is a lot of traffic and any differences will stand out more.

Change the QoS settings on a router

Step 1

You can use a Web browser on any computer that is connected to your router to get to the router’s control panel. Most of the time, you can get to this by typing in your router’s IP address, which you can find on the router or in its instructions.

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Step 2

If your router has them, open the QoS (Quality of Service) settings. The Uplink and Downlink fields are the most important ones to change. Once QoS is turned on, lower the numbers in these fields until QoS works.

Step 3

Save the changes you made, and then try to connect. You may have to change the fields more than once to get the effect you want.

Use Parental Controls

Step 1

Open “Family Safety,” then choose the user account you want to limit. If you haven’t turned on Family Safety for this account yet, you can do so by opening their account settings and making changes.

Step 2

Open the menus for “App restrictions,” “Web filtering,” and “Time limits.” Even though you can’t control the speed itself, you can control what apps can be used, what can be downloaded, and how long the user can spend online.

Step 3

Save the user’s settings so that they can be used for other users if needed.