The ongoing pandemic has caused all sorts of problems, some of which are unforeseen. Let’s take this as an example. You are forced to work from home and the Internet is already tight and slow. Add to that the fact that there are kids in the house playing games and streaming, and you just can’t get a good connection. This is when it’s important to learn how to limit the download speeds of others on your Wi-Fi network. There is no need to remove them from your network.
There are a few ways to do this. One is to limit device-wise internet speed from the router. Another way is to use parental control apps on children’s tablets and phones. And then adjust the app settings for streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix..
1. Limit download speed with router
You can control the internet speed for different devices connected to your Wi-Fi using your home router. I’m using a TP-Link router but this should work for any suitable company/model. Open new tab or window in your browser and visit 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 and enter your login details. Default is usually ‘admin’ for both ID and password. Otherwise, enter the given credentials or dial your ISP’s helpline.
Find Bandwidth Control and click Control Settings. That’s where you’ll have to enable the bandwidth control option and set the in and out values. Note that these settings are for all devices including your own, so depending on your internet plan, enter bandwidth values in Kbps. Note that 1MB equals 1024 Kbps, so calculate accordingly. Click Save And after that Rule List.
That’s where you’ll create rules and add IP ranges to determine which IP range devices are in, how much bandwidth they should get, or download speeds. For example, you can check all devices connected to your Wi-Fi network with specified IP values. Click DHCP > DHCP Clients List.
We will do something similar. We’ll generate a bunch of IP addresses and assign them to each connected device. We can then assign and control bandwidth to these IP addresses, thereby controlling internet speeds for individual devices. Return Rules list and click Add to begin.
See the example above. All devices in the above range, from 100 to 105, will have a maximum bandwidth of 1MB and no more. You can choose a different bandwidth value. You can create as many IP ranges as you want. Just make sure your IP is out of range, or create a separate rule for your device’s specified IP and choose the maximum bandwidth based on your plan. Do you understand what I mean.
Another way to do this is instead of entering a range of IP addresses while creating the rule, enter a single IP address. You can see all the IP addresses in the device list as we have seen above. That means you would create a rule for each IP address and enter the same IP in both fields. That should also work, and adding or removing rules takes less than a minute.
If you feel something is amiss, you can always go back and delete the rules with the IP range to lift the restrictions. You know, when you’re faced with backlash from your kids, you’re even more upset than usual. Note that some advanced routers allow users to control bandwidth directly but you will have to check that. The user interface and feature set depend on the make and model of the router in question.
2. App settings to limit download speed
Let’s say your child is watching YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify. The steps for installation will vary between apps, but here’s the general idea. What you need to do is choose a lower video or audio quality to reduce the amount of bandwidth consumed by the application. So instead of watching videos at 720p or 1080p, you can switch to 480p. The same goes for audio streaming sites, where you can choose 144 quality instead of 320 quality, or whatever options are available at your disposal. The idea is to reduce the quality of streaming content without ruining the experience. Try to find balance. Another way is to download the content instead of streaming it over and over again. This can be done for songs. Create a playlist.
3. Parental Control
We’ve covered parental controls at TW before, and some of them will come in handy here. Because there is no way to control the quality of the game being played, there are only two options. Ask your child to play offline games or simpler games that don’t consume a lot of bandwidth. If resistance is encountered, you can use one of the parental controls to block such games entirely or set a time limit. We recommend the second option to maintain peace and quiet. That way, the kids will learn self-control and everyone will have fun. Choose a time when you are usually not working or busy. Again, the idea is to find a balance so that people get what they want in some capacity.
End: Limit download speed of other devices
The COVID-19 situation will eventually be brought under control. It’s a question of when and not if. Meanwhile, you can use these methods to control the bandwidth allotted to other devices on your WiFi network. That will give you more bandwidth and allow you to continue with your video conferencing without experiencing delays or interruptions.
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