Setting up a BT Voyager 2091 to limit downloads

  kingston_toon 19:01 17 Jun 06
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Hi there,

I'm reasonably good with computers but pretty new to networking and routers so I'd appreciate some advice. I've just set up a network for the 4 people in my house on BT broadband using their supplied Voyager 2091 router. I connect using Ethernet, two low users connect via Wireless and the 4th person, by far the highest user, connects on the USB port.

Our connection was often throttled by our old ISP due to the 4th person using P2P software to excess, and despite me warning him that I didn't want this to happen again, the router stats show his connection constantly in use, even when he's not in, and less than a week in his downloads are over 6GB with uploads of 3GB.

There are a lot of settings on the router which I'm sure will allow me to manage this, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Any ideas? What I want to be able to do ideally is throttle throughput only on the USB connection but if this isn't possible, can I block certain applications (i.e. all P2P software, the specific software he uses, or IP addresses) which would still allow full speed "normal" internet browsing but reduce P2P to nil or a trickle?

Some sort of "step-by-step" guide would be really useful but you can be reasonably technical about it and I'll understand what you mean.

Any ideas or advice would be muchly appreciated as we don't want to get cut off or throttled by our ISP!

Cheers

Steve

  ade.h 15:46 18 Jun 06

Firstly, you cannot block apps; only the ports that those apps use. click here for an example. Therefore, if this peer to peer app (NOT one of my specialist areas of knowledge!) uses a particular port for its communications, you could block it altogether. Though you will, of course, have to deal with your housemate when he discovers that he cannot use it....

I never use Voyagers, so I cannot give you specifics; I suggest that you take your time studying the manual and by all means come back if you have any terminology questions or similar. It should not be complex if you want to go down this route, but you are not going to be able to throttle a particular client's bandwidth.

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