My kids are Bandwitdth Hogs..Help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by chr0nic21, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. chr0nic21

    chr0nic21 Addicted to LI Member

    I have the tomato v1.19 on linksys wireless gl

    My connection to my computer is always slow because my kids, which are using it wirelessly are maxing my bandwidth....I have played around with the QOS but i never seemed to be able to slow them down much....Is there anyway i can specify the amount of bandwidth that they can have? like 5% of the total bandwidth

    I dont know what in the world they might be downloading that is maxing the dsl connection most of the time...but if i cant do surveilance, atleast i can slow them down

    thank you
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  3. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Why can't you do surveillance? They're you're freaking kids! You need to be doing surveillance so they're not going places they shouldn't be!
  4. Zaka

    Zaka LI Guru Member

    As per the other thread quoted above.......

    You have to take responsibility for the things that are going on in your home and on your network......
    You may even need to visit you children's rooms....
    There is no "ONE BUTTON" solution to this problem.

    Have you installed K9 on their computers??

    What steps, if any, have you taken so far?????

    I apologize if this sounds rude, but your replies in indicate that you really haven't tried anything, so what exactly are you looking for??
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

  6. chr0nic21

    chr0nic21 Addicted to LI Member

  7. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Here is how I did it to my teenagers.

    In QOS, Assign their MAC address to class 'E'. In the QOS Basic Settings, set Class 'E' to have a really low bandwidth percentage both inbound AND outbound. I set mine so that it had the equivalent speed of a 56k modem both ways.

    They can still broswe, IM, etc etc, but if they want to DOWNLOAD something large, it will be HORRIBLY slow. They ask me to download it for them and transfer it to them over the LAN which is NOT effected by the QOS rules. That way I can monitor what they are downloading.

    Putting a monitor program on a teenagers computer is next to worthless unless you put it right next to yours. Mine showed me several ways to bypass any 'nanny' program I put on a machine. By controlling the bandwidth usages at that MAC level from the router they could try anything they want, but they hit a bandwidth restriction that they could not counter.

    Sorry folks, I do not want to sit every freaking minute looking over a teens shoulder. I grant them SOME freedom, but not COMPLETE freedom.

    As for browsing, I have logs on the router that I dump to a file on MY machine that I review periodically to see what they are up to. They know that they are gonna get caught if they cross a line and I shut down the internet feed if ANY of them cross the line.
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Just so long as they don't change their MAC addy but of course if you monitor the logs and know for sure they aren't stealing your MAC...
  9. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Considering that I have the MAC address assigned to an IP in an infinite lease time and all other IP's are denied network access, they will not get far. They tried that and found out that they have NO network access.

    Amazing what a bunch of teenagers will teach you about network setups. They poked holes in everything I did till I finally closed all the holes. Proxies, MAC spoofing, you name it, they have tried it. I was amazed at a kids ability to glean info from the web and apply it on a home network.

    Now they just behave for the most part and bitch that web pages load slowly and have asked to have the bandwidth loosened up a bit. Last time I gave an inch, they took a mile.
  10. chr0nic21

    chr0nic21 Addicted to LI Member

    Very nice...can you please tell me on how to get the logs on the router?
    Whcich router and firmware do u use?

    thank you
  11. Sparky9292

    Sparky9292 Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, but what about proxies???

    Yep, but now you run into the age old problem of proxy servers. There are TONS of them freely available on the net. How are you going to block those?

    Really the only way to deal with them is to start a white-list policy rather than a black-list one. Basically have your teens submit URL's, and with your approval add them.

    Also, physically beating them works well. Hard to bypass your belt/whip/paddle/fist with leet hxr methods.:wink:
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