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#22210 20-May-2008 15:54
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Hey there

Basically im using the RTA1025W wireless router, and i have a network thats shared amongst about 5 of us, though lately someone has found out about "torrents" and is using up the data cap extremely quickly, i confronted the person and told them to take it easy as it leaves everyone else with no net for the rest of the mnth, this person isnt too bright when it comes to computers in general and didnt realise that he was seeding after dl a file, i dont like confrontation, but im getting really annoyed, i reminded him again but the data usage is being used too fast still, is there some way i can "traffic shape" the network? say only allow x amount of data to be dl from a client on the network per day with the RTA1025W router?

Thanks heaps in advance!

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  #132638 22-May-2008 21:55
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I don't really know about the shaping - a quick google of the specs doesn't show traffic shaping as a built in option - although it does mention packet filtering.

Perhaps you could just block access to the P2P network ports or IP's?   You may like to point out the dubious legal nature of torrents (assuming it's something like tv shows).  Given that you've indicate a somewhat lack of clues on behalf of this user - I would start to feel a little uncomfortable given how easy it is for computers to get infected with virii.

Given that, I would suggest it's probably time to start looking at the manual (it's downloadable from the dynalink website).

Failing that, you may want to think about putting some sort of firewall in place to separate the computers - that would enable you to traffic shape / block / traffic accounting.  A proxy server could possibly be worth thinking about.  Although on WiFi, that could be an issue...

Hope that helps in some way.


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#132662 22-May-2008 23:20
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Don't know how to sort out the data usage bit but if you get a router that does port throttling it will cut down on the speed he has available.

I don't beleive the router you are using does support the feature.

One that does is a Draytek modem but I have only used a cable one and just saw the feature.

ADSL version


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#132673 23-May-2008 03:44
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Found a few more that might be useful

Acording to alot of forums you can get this feature with linksys routers if you reflash the firmware with an opensource option.



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  #132714 23-May-2008 09:02
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My answer would be to put that user on the DMZ and let them get taken down... but Im harsh :)

Only way to limit them, is to either educate them  or install something like NetLimiter on their PC. ANother choice if youve got the resources etc, is to setup a linux box as a gateway and limit their traffic from that.

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  #135240 3-Jun-2008 17:35
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Thanks very much for your reply's, basically ive gone ahead and made a proxy box running linux, it was the cheaper alternative for me(student, allways broke), since then ive managed to get the cap back undercontrol

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  #135246 3-Jun-2008 18:19
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Yeah there are a ton of option in the free cut down semi preconfigured linux distro department for this:




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