October 20th, 2003, 06:39 AM
Throttling Shared Internet Connections
If you have only one internet connection (dial up, cable,
dsl, whatever) and want to share it among several machines,
there are a number of options, as we've previously
But what happens if one of the PCs is a bandwidth hog, eating up most
of the connection capacity for itself? We touched on several solutions
http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2003/2003-10-16.htm#4 , but
this reader has still another suggestion:
Following your reader's request in the above issue
for software to control the bandwidth available to
applications sharing his internet connection, I
thought I'd tell you about a program which may be
able to help, Netlimiter.
"NetLimiter is an ultimate internet traffic
control tool designed for Win98/Win98 SE, WinME,
Win2000 and WinXP. It is suited to monitor
applications which access the internet and
actively control their internet traffic. You can
use NetLimiter to set (download/upload) speed
limits for applications or even single connection.
Simply, NetLimiter allows you to share your
internet connection bandwidth among all
applications running on your PC....With this
unique and "never seen before" feature Netlimiter
offers comprehensive set of internet statistical
tools which includes real-time traffic measurement
and long-term per-application internet traffic
statistics. With NetLimiter you finally become the
master of your internet connection."
Because the software restricts bandwidth on a per
application basis, it needs to be installed on the
PC actually running the application. I've used
Netlimiter for a while now and find it does it's
intended job admirably. I particularly like the
fact it can remember the bandwidth settings for
individual applications and apply them
automatically the next time they run. I hope some
of this is useful. All the best, Mark Hardy
P.S. Great Plus! Newsletter... worth every penny
and then some!
Per-application control is nice, but note that NetLimiter
isn't a connection sharing option: It's a "throttle-only"
solution that must be used with some other means of
connection sharing, and which (alas) comes at a fairly steep
price: $30 for one user, and up (a 5-user license is $125,
10 users cost $221). NetLimiter does have a free trial
version, so you'd definitely want to try that first; and
also look at the simpler, less-expensive options that may
combine both functions--- bandwidth limiting plus connection
sharing--- in a single package. If they don't work, or if
you need per-application bandwidth limits, then NetLimiter
could be just the ticket.
From The Langa List
Some of you may be LAN admins and might find the features of netlimiter very convenient to use. It seems to do the trick of limiting bandwidth even though it is rather costly. If you need it, then you can get your organisation to spring for it.