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How to controll your internet traffic?

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Hi guys, Is there a way to control/manage your home network internet traffic? I'm trying to setup so there will only one pc which have access to p2p & torrent traffic and other pc won't be able to access p2p & torrent. Since the cable bill is under my name, I don't want to be in trouble for some illegal download by others in my network.
post #2 of 10
Firewall.

GAD
post #3 of 10
good luck with that it is going to hard to limit bittorrent because the protocol supports encryption and can use anyport. I think it would be easier draft up a contract and limit access by mac address. If they get out of hand and use toomuch bandwidth you could always boot them off the network or use router's QoS and throttle them down.
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good luck with that it is going to hard to limit bittorrent because the protocol supports encryption and can use anyport. I think it would be easier draft up a contract and limit access by mac address. If they get out of hand and use toomuch bandwidth you could always boot them off the network or use router's QoS and throttle them down.
OP: you get all that?
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Hmm whilst we're on the subject, is there any way of making it so that one computer has priority on a network? We have 5 or 6 up at a time and its becoming a pain with really slow speeds when trying to stream video, music etc.
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good luck with that it is going to hard to limit bittorrent because the protocol supports encryption and can use anyport. I think it would be easier draft up a contract and limit access by mac address. If they get out of hand and use toomuch bandwidth you could always boot them off the network or use router's QoS and throttle them down.
It's really not hard. Drop all outgoing traffic. Proxy or allow the traffic you want to allow. Disable uPnP.

Sure, it sucks for the user because all they can use is web and http based protocols, and maybe mail or something, but it's what you need to do to block P2P without resorting to ridiculously expensive filtering devices.

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Hmm whilst we're on the subject, is there any way of making it so that one computer has priority on a network? We have 5 or 6 up at a time and its becoming a pain with really slow speeds when trying to stream video, music etc.
Of course it's possible . Not that easy to get working well though. You need a router that can do QoS and you need to know enough to set up rules that will achieve what you want.
post #7 of 10
Do you have a spare older computer around with a pair of network cards in it? if so go download a copy of freebsd(7 release is out in a few days) install, setup pf+altq or ipfw+dummynet and do some traffic shaping, you have a few choices, but I basically give my comp priority at home and the other comps get whats left over :P

Theres alot of howtos and help docs online, you can even download something like m0n0wall or pfsense which is a bootable iso and a little more user friendly.
post #8 of 10
I use NetLimiter to control all my internet traffic. You can make 100/1 download/upload ratios if you really want (or block stuff off as you require), on a per program, or per PC basis.
post #9 of 10
PeerGuardian 2
ZoneAlarm
Hosts list
IE blocklist

Those are all I use.
post #10 of 10
You can't QoS the Internet.

You need something that will dork with your TCP windows to throttle incoming traffic. I think that's what netlimiter does, but I could be wrong.

Just beat the abusers.
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