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How do I control bandwith?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by Kyin01, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    Hey everyone, before I go on, let me give you guys the specs:
    ROUTER: WRT54GS ver2.
    Firmware Version : v2.06.0, HyperWRT + thibor16b
    Wired Desktop OS: Win XP SP2 32bit (and sometimes dual boot to win Vista 64bit)
    Wireless Laptop : Win Vista (I think it's Home Premium 32bit)

    So, here is the situation. My brother has his bitComet running 24/7 and this is bad because every time I TRY to do my online HW with all those help videos, I can NEVER finish in less than 2 hours for what normally should only take me 1hr at the most. I can't even stream videos or do anything without with a good connection.
    So I was wondering, is there ANY way to restrict his bitComet speed/download/upload?
    I don't care how I do it as long as I can use the internet without any slowdowns while he does his thing. The only thing I CAN'T do is completely turn off his internet access.

    I've talked to mom and him about this, I get no love in the family, I have to do this the technical way it looks like. It pisses me off too cause he's not even doing any thing important with bitComet.

    I can't find out what ports his bitcomet is using because I'm not allowed on his notebook. Here is the most recent speed test I did:

    Test 2007-07-22 23:31:42 EST @ speedtest.dslreports.com
    549 / 118 (Kbps)
    (67 / 14.4 KB/sec)
    Compared to the average of 2070 tests from rr.com:
    * download is 90% worse, upload is 80% worse



    On the plus side, only I know the password to our linksys router I'm better at him with computers.
    My desktop is wired
    His notebook is wireless
    So anyone have any ideas of what I can do?
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Well what you first need to do is get a baseline for your network. When hes not home unplug his connection, at the router if you need to and run some speed tests to see what you get. This will give you a starting number. You will then need to setup QoS to make all traffic that you need to more important then torrents. You can get as crazy as you want with rules and what amount of bandwidth you want them to take up. If you really want to mess with him setup access restriction to only allow http for certain times of the day.
     
  3. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    Okay I took off the wireless on the router for a brief moment and got this speed test.

    Test 2007-07-23 02:27:42 EST @ speedtest.dslreports.com
    9602 / 946 (Kbps)
    (1172.1 / 115.5 KB/sec)
    Compared to the average of 2069 tests from rr.com:
    * download is 67% better, upload is 54% better



    I enabled the wireless back on now.
     
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Well that is a better test that is for sure, anyway to use the data to prove to the folks that he is using 90% and all yous asking for is a little time to get done what you need to get done? If not you can play with QoS to set it so the traffic you need to get across is set to the highest and everything else is set to lowest. I have never had a need to play with QoS much on these devices so others might beable to tell you what settings work best. There are plenty of strings on QoS if you look around. But you should beable to at least get it so you can do what you need to when you want to.
     
  5. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    Yes, I've played with the QoS on the custom firmware.

    The only thing I did was made my MAC address highest and that's it.

    I don't know any other info to be able to put in to make his lowest priority.
     
  6. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    please help
     
  7. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    If you really want to slow him down, you could limit the speed of the wireless (to B mode and 1Mb).
    Otherwise, set the QoS. You need to select high priority for ACK.
    You could also get his IP/MAC from the site survey or connected device page on the router. Then use those info to put it at lowest priority.
    Bitcomet is not a very friendly bittorrent software as it is VERY agressive. Suggest a switch to utorrent or azureus.
    Also, disable upnp on the router and close the incoming ports. That should slow the upload rates and this is what bothers you really.
     
  8. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    Awesome! I checked the device list and found his IP and MAC, I already set them to lowest. Still kinda sluggesh. I made sure the Prioritize ACK box is marked in.

    I disabled the UPnP, but how do I close incoming ports if I don't know what it is?
     
  9. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    To close the ports, just disable upnp and reboot the router.
    If they are not defined in port forwarding, they are closed by default.
    Also, you should be able to limit his upload with his IP/MAC. Limit it to 50% max and you should be fine.
     
  10. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    How do I reboot the router without pressing the reset switch?


    And how do I limit the upload to 50% just by finding his MAC/IP?
    What setting would this be under?
     
  11. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  12. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Disconnect electricity by pulling the power transformer out of the wall socket for 10 seconds.
     
  13. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    I'll avoid the script thing...
     
  14. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    fair enough but using the script generator you will have better control over the IP you wish to control. (upload and download)
     
  15. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Probably a good idea seeing what a challenge rebooting turned out to be ! :tongue:
     
  16. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    I know the basics of network, but I REALLY need to control his downloads. Is there a guide I can follow on how to use that script?
     
  17. kop48

    kop48 Network Guru Member

    Read the link that Toxic pasted - if you actually read the thread, there's a fair bit of information in it.

    Rebooting the router is easy: Administration, scroll down, hit reboot.

    Remember, there's no harm in trying something - if your brother complains, just say something's wrong with the internet, go into the router, nuke the changes and try something else. If they're not computer-saavy, they won't have any idea that you're doing it.
     
  18. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    You know it seems the ONLY option that works on my router is if I completly DENY all internet access. Other than that, I still get slow downs even when I set his IP/MAC/Ports to lowest! And not use UPnP, still slow.
     
  19. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    Okay on the script thing, How do I know how much bandwith I need?
    And in his IP, should I limit the download or upload? I only need his downloads/torrents blocked not his http
     
  20. kop48

    kop48 Network Guru Member

    Try the uploads first and I can't help with the script as I've never used it. As for bandwidth - figure out your maximum upload and give him a 1/3 or a quarter of that, depending on what you want him to have.
     
  21. Kyin01

    Kyin01 LI Guru Member

    What if I'm sometimes on my laptop, can I give him a wireless upload cap but keep mine full?
     
  22. kop48

    kop48 Network Guru Member

    That's a bit of a conflicting statement - you can't have all the bandwidth AND give someone access to it too.
     

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