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Old 04-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Windows + router + husband leeches bandwidth = unhappy me.

So yeah. I run Windows (XP SP3) on the main (read:my) computer. It's the one that's hooked directly into the router. The Xbox 360 is also connected directly to it, but my both my and my husband's laptop are wireless. I rarely use my laptop, so that's really not an issue.

My issue is this: He's constantly leeching bandwidth with BitTorrent. And when I go in and alter the ul/dl rates, it seems to have a mind of its own (from what he says; "I didn't do anything to it!" he protests) and kicks the rates back up while I'm trying to play my online games.

My question is this: Do you know of some sort of program I can run on my computer, or install on my router, that will enable me to control the rates of internet usage? I'm running on a Speedport W 701V router. I live in Germany and this is what Deutsche Telekom ("T-Com") gave us. It's all in German and I can figure out most of what it's saying, but that typically only happens when I'm looking for something specific.

A few months ago I found a fantastic program on that showed me *all* connections going out on the router, but 1) I've formatted and reinstalled since then 2) I've forgotten what it's called and cannot find it again and 3) it only displayed data. It didn't let me constrict/alter what was going on. It just showed me that his laptop was the culprit.

So, does anyone have any suggestions/ideas for programs I can use to closely monitor internet usage? Please note that whatever programs are being used/lagging the system in the meantime are not the issue, so I really don't care whether or not I can go and "fix" BitTorrent on his computer. (I really try to stay off his computer as much as possible.)

Thanks in advance.
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Maybe you should try to work it out
Old 04-01-2010, 03:55 PM   #3
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If he really is a leach, then he's not paying for it. Your router should have these features. Edit the configuration. Or just pull his cables.

Or you can request two IP addresses from your cable company and both will get the full speed you pay for. Just connect his computer to the other IP.
Old 04-01-2010, 09:17 PM   #4
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If the router has any advanced options, you may be able to edit the Quality of Service (QoS) configuration. The router I am using, for example, allows for assigning priority to one or more computers over other ones; I can even throttle or prioritize specific services (torrents, web server, mail, media streaming, etc.).

By the way, most download clients can be configured to take up only a given percentage of available bandwith. No need to mess with router settings but obviously no good unless he is willing to settle for lower download/upload speeds.
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Change the administrator and administrator password.
Block the port he is using.
Old 04-03-2010, 03:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice.
By "leech" I meant "to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech". He's paying for his share of it; he simply sets his ul/dl rates to maximum then wanders off (definitely using more than "his share"). He has no problem setting them to a more kinder setting while I'm around, but he simply refuses to leave a limiter on it (or turn the "auto-adjust as bandwidth is freed up" option). I don't think he'll mind lower download settings as long as he doesn't know how to re-up them.

I don't want to remove his access/cut him off, since like I explained, that would be wrong. No need to cause a fight over it. If the only option is via the router itself, I'll go look through it again. My German is good enough to order food in restaurants, but the technical crap kills me. I'm not seeing any "QoS" options -- it's usually pretty good about keeping the acronyms the same -- and I did find something that would limit ports, but no bandwidth.

Well, thanks again everyone. Maybe I'll see about buying another router that's in my native tongue.
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If you want to play games don't let anyone use bittorrent at the same time ... if he is your husband, they you should convince him to stop. If he weren't your husband then you could have blocked the bittorrent ports on the router (TCP 6881-6999).

If you are a gamer, you won't settle for wifi, because there's always added connection instability and increased latency with any wifi. I always use a wired connection for any computer that I play games on.
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Originally Posted by smeezekitty View Post
Maybe you should try to work it out
I 2nd that! Limiting his bandwidth and his access shows lack of trust. Lack of trust in a relationship = bad news. If you can't work it out, then the router is the least of your worries.
Old 04-04-2010, 04:32 PM   #9
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Throttle the bandwidth on ports 6881-6999.

You'll know you've succeeded when you hear, "Why the f*ck is it going so slow?"

To which you'll reply, "I dunno, maybe the neighbors are downloading torrents, too..."
Old 04-04-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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or if he isn't around to slow it down when you are, then you can just throttle it when you are there and he isn't so that nobody complains. Or leave it toggled down and show him how to fix it then when he complains you have the "sorry I forgot" excuse that he uses.
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I use wireshark to monitor my connection

I think wireshark is the de facto standard now. I realize this is an old article, but if your having a similar sharing issue there are many port management tools for windows on Does anyone have a linux solutions for monitoring bandwidth?
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What do the router logs say? You could and may find answers to husband and/or leeches in those logs.
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04-01-10, 02:30 PM <-- 8 years old, they're probably separated by now. maybe.
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What's all this about port-blocking and connection/bandwidth monitoring? Just set up QoS on the router, and have it deprioritize the Bittorrent packets. That's what it's for.

Or schedule the Bittorrent transfers to be on hold during the times when you usually game. Which you can do in a lot of clients.

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