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Home Network; Internet & File Management

by S_Mustafa / April 10, 2005 10:11 PM PDT

Recently I set-up a home network (just my flatmates laptop downstairs and my desktop). This was done in order to share the internet connection, and I'm happy to report that everything works as it should. We can both access the internet and share files.

The problem is that he uses MSN Messenger and other instant messaging software 'all the time' and every time he does so the internet upload- maxis out, which effects the downloads. I was wondering if there is any software that will allow me to customise his internet upload speed (as he connects to the internet through my desktop) without affecting the network speed- I don't want the speed at which we can transfer files to one another to be affected.
I've looked into some solutions for this problem but the majority of the software is aimed at business networks and is very sophisticated, it's more then I need and I can't get it to work properly- as I don't have a very high level of understanding in configuring networks. Therefore I need software that is easy to set-up or comes with detailed instructions so I can understand it.

Also, is there any way I can restrict the size of a shared file? As I mentioned my flatmate only has a laptop, this has a 20 Gig. Hard Drive so he is normally short on space. He asked me to set-up a shared file on my hard drive which he can back-up some of his data into. I did so thinking the maximum amount he would need to back up would be something like 10 Gig's. The file is now over 30 Gig's big and doesn't seem to have any signs of stopping. I need some kind of software that will allow me to set a limit on the size of the shared file and display an error message over the network if this limit is exceeded.

Any assistance in these matters will be much appreciated.

Necessary Information=
Operating System; Windows XP pro (desktop & laptop)
Network; Cable (not wireless), set-up using WinXP wizard
Internet Connection; Broadband ADSL, speed 512/ 256 Kbps
*If more information is required please ask.

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Why not have your roommate get an external hard drive
by glb613 / April 10, 2005 10:39 PM PDT

to use for his temporary storage? That way he wouldn't need to put anything on your computer. If what he has needs a permanent copy, he can burn it to a CD or DVD.

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by Yew / April 10, 2005 10:55 PM PDT

There's a little known feature in XP known as QoS (Quality of Service), which basically caps all network activity at a set level (usually 90%), so that crittical system services always have at least 10% of the total bandwidth to use.

Not sure exactly how this works with ICS, but presumably since it's all going through your system it should work.

Your only other option is to get a router that can do QoS (sometimes also known as packet shaping). Then you can set your roommate's priority on the bandwidth as low, or in some cases, even limit certain applications based on the ports they use. Not many routers have the necessary hardware for this, but with only two people, you should be able to manage.

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