Allocating bandwidth between users

  Ian in Northampton 20:04 15 Jan 14

I think I know the answer to this (i.e. "yes, if you spend a ton of money") but I thought I'd ask anyway.

My son is always complaining about lag in his gaming. He's one of three (occasionally five when my daughters are home) users of our available bandwidth.

He wants to know if it's possible to allocate our (measly 6.5MB) bandwidth in such a way that he's 'guaranteed' some amount of it so that, no matter what any other user in the house is doing, his bandwidth doesn't suffer. (And yes, I'm aware that bandwidth, ping, lag etc. aren't all the same thing).

We just have a pretty standard, ISP-supplied (Thomson/Technicolor-manufactured) router driving a 6-port hub and a wireless network.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:02 15 Jan 14

Check if there is any QoS tab that you can see in your router.

If not, then you could install somrthing like Tomato or DD-WRT if your router supports it.

These allow you to set QoS, allowing you to prioritize some computers over others

  Ian in Northampton 09:22 16 Jan 14

Thanks Fruit Bat /\0/. I'll take a look.

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