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Up for discussion and debate this week is how to control each computer's bandwidth on a network, WiFi routers and wired print servers, plus some excellent advice on sharing your Internet connection using ICS or a broadband router.

The Practically Networked Forums Spotlight highlights several of the most active or interesting topics from the more than 25,000 posts in the Practically Networked forums. From here you can follow the links to each discussion of interest to offer your own advice, or to ask your own question to our forum members.

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This Week's Highlighted Topics

Practically Networked Forums > Practically Networked > Sharing

Thread:  Bandwidth controller
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Forum member and_woox has a small network controlled by a Dlink router. Some computers seem to be hogging the bandwidth and they how to go about controlling the amount of bandwidth each computer connected to the router will get.

  
and_woox
I have a small network at work that is controlled by my Dlink router (Internet cable) and I'm having some computers on the network hogging a good amount of resource.
My question is: how I can control how much bandwidth each computer connected to the router will get?

This has been a tough problem for me because I really have to give some priority to computers that are connected to the headquarters.

Thank you.
 

  
dolby07
Are you looking for bandwidth shaping? I've been researching it for a while and have found some fairly affordable options, although I haven't tried them for myself yet. Netequalizer has gotten some good reviews and is about 2K. Here's a thread I started a while back.
 
  
TBone0106
If it's possible to set up a proxy server, I believe CCProxy will do that for you. It's free for up to three users, including the proxy box; got to pay for more than that.

I've used it and it works well, VERY stable. I ran it on WinMe, and it gave me no problems at all. I put the box together from parts I had just lying around. Just Google 'ccproxy.' I used it mainly for parental control, since it allows blacklisting, white listing, time constraints and so on. But it will also allot bandwidth, I believe.

Just a thought...

Good luck!
 

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Thread: WiFi router and print server
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Forum member sender is considering a wireless router for a third PC that is located in a room away from the other systems, and is looking at the Linksys WRT54G, which does not have a USB port. The question: How can sender make use of the wired router's print server function?

  
 sender
Wired router usually comes with a print server, but only a few wireless router has USB port for printer. I am thinking of buying a wireless router for my third PC, which is in another room. The first two PCs and the printer are in the same room connected to a wired 4-port router, and in turn to the DSL modem. The wireless router I am considering is Linksys WRT54G which does not have a USB port. How can I make use of the wired router's print server function? OR must I buy a wireless router with such function?
 
  
 sybilon32
Linksys WRT54G is a really good wireless router and it has good reviews from customers, but it has no USB port that isn't suitable for your situation. And it's also not easy to make use of the wired router's print server function.

I think you should get a wireless router with USB port. D-Link DI-624S Wireless Router with 2 USB Port may be a good choice for you. This is the router specs are here.

Here is the deal I found in case it helps any of you.
 
  
meorah 
I'd go with a WAP, but it might be out of your price range if you're considering the wrt54g. You can always use the wrt54g as a WAP, just plug it into one of the free ports on the wired router and put it on a different network. It might cause discovery problems as far as seeing the other computers or the printer on the network if the route tables aren't manually confirmed, but you'll have no problem with internet connectivity and you'll get another 4 ports of expansion.

That being said, if you can afford it and don't need the extra 4 ports, get a WAP and keep the wireless on the same network as the wired.
 
  
cszeto 
Actually, the WAPs (Wireless Access Points) are comparable in cost to the wireless routers. The some of the trade-offs is as identified by meorah, but the more important one for some is the simpler setup and manufacturer support for folks who are less networking/technically inclined. Any wireless NAT router can be "misconfigured" to function as a wireless access point, but the configuration is typically not supported by the manufacturer.
 


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Thread: Cable Connection Sharing Issue
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Internet connection sharing is always a hot topic, and in this PracticallyNetworked discussion you'll find some excellent advice on using ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). Forum member Sooner Al provides tips on how to share an Internet connection between PCs using ICS and another popular option - using a broadband router.

  
 hellknight
I have this pc connected to the internet via a cable modem. The cable modem is connected to my NIC via a utp cable. I wanted to share this cable connection with another computer in my house. Please guide me in simple steps how to perform this! Thanks!
  
 Sooner Al
A real cheap way is to use ICS which is built-in to XP and Vista.

PracticallyNetworked: Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing
Windows Help: Search results for "ICS"

My preferred solution is to go out and purchase a broadband router. Here are examples of both wired and wireless broadband routers from various manufacturers.

D-Link EBR-2310 Ethernet Broadband Router
Belkin Wireless G Router

Some advantages of a broadband router are...

1. You don't need the ICS computer powered on in order for the second PC to access the internet.
2. The built-in NAT firewall function of the router adds protection to your network.
3. Easy to setup and use.
 

  
 Sooner Al
Quote: Originally Posted by hellknight
"If I use the broadband router, how would I make the setup. I mean the cable modem would be connected to the router via a LAN cable? then the router would connect to both the computers? Is this how it will be done? And yea, will both the computer get a separate IP?"

The cable modem would connect to the router using the WAN port on the router. Each PC gets a separate local IP generally handed out by the router DHCP server or you can configure each PC with a static IP. Here is my current home LAN as a point of reference. They share a common public IP, ie. the IP assigned by my ISP.

Quote: Originally Posted by hellknight
"Actually what I want do - I just to be able to play online game with both my PCs. I wanted to know if there is any other way to besides getting a router? Cant i just install 2 LAN cards on this PC and connect 1 LAN to the cable modem, and other LAN card to the other PC?"

That's what you do if you use ICS. In that case you need a cross-over cable and the appropriate NICs as you describe. I can't speak to playing online games with either method, ie. ICS or a router, other than to say you may have issues because of the addressing and port forwarding. How many public IP addresses do you get from your ISP? Some folks get more than one at no additional charge, while others (including myself) can get additional IPs if I pay more money. If you get additional IPs then you could use a switch between the cable modem and your PCs. Gaming should then work, I think. Hopefully some gamers can comment further.
 

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