Just wondering if there is anyway of controlling bandwidth with preferably a free program if possible. I have a belkin router with one wired computer and 2 wireless laptops, one of which is abusing the internet. Can I control this to a sensible level so we can all get fair access?
The simple answer is "No". There is hardware available to allocate bandwidth to client computers in a commercial network, but it is very expensive and generally beyond what home users would be prepared to pay.
Having said that, I believe *SOME* routers do have a QoS (Quality of Service) configuration that can provide some control, although it may only apply to wired ethernet connections and not to "wireless" ones.
Yes that's true, though wireless is half-duplex and encryption adds its own overhead so 4-5Mbps is more likely. As mgmcc says, home routers don't often feature very fine control over throughput for individual users.
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