SOHO bandwidth limiting router suggestions?

ripthesystem

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Currently we have a shared internet connection at our house. 4 computers using a 4 port Linksys BEFSR41 router. No complaints about the router at all but it seems the time has come for a feature that this router can't handle- we need to limit bandwidth on 1 of the computers.

That said- what is a comparable entry level router (ie cheap) that we can use for this?

Thanks!
 

ripthesystem

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Thanks for the link. I've already read that though and since we don't have a spare computer to use as our router I'm not sure that software solutions are going to help. I also don't have access to this other persons computer to change the TCP RWIN..

I'm more interested in finding a router that does have the ability to limit bandwidth or prioritize packets..
 

gunrunnerjohn

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I think the Linux system running as a router is going to be the most cost effective solution. It doesn't take much of a computer to do the job, an old 300mhz PII will probably do just fine. Look in the local trashbins. :D
 

JackMDS

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Originally posted by: gunrunnerjohn
I think the Linux system running as a router is going to be the most cost effective solution. It doesn't take much of a computer to do the job, an old 300mhz PII will probably do just fine. Look in the local trashbins. :D
Absolutly true.

It is a matter of a Mind set.

1. You can search on eBay and the like for inexpensive used Managed Switch.

2. You can put a Linux Router (An old computer that can handle the chore can be found for less than $100).







 

ripthesystem

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so how hard would it be to turn the linux box into a router?
I'm very much a linux n00b. Imagine not knowing jack about linux, and then knowing even less.. that's probably me.

 

ripthesystem

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Thanks for all the great info guys.
I'm defiantely open to learning, just wondered if it was something I could do on my own or if I should enroll in the university pronto ;)

Looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.. if you have any other great options- keep em coming! thx again