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Simondo

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Hi

Just wondering if it is possible for me to assign a set amount of bandwidth to different ports on my router? I share a connection with up to 4 other PC's, all of which may use Youtube, Facebook and Skype video calls thus crippling the connection. I want to set say 50% of the bandwidth to one port, which none of the other PC's on the network can touch meaning my connection doesn't spike. Is this possible? I don't believe it will be possible with my current router, so suggestions as to which router to get would be appreciated.

I'm not entirely sure what i'm asking, or if its even possible so i hope this makes sense.

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What router are you using? What is the name and model #
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Netgear DG834G

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Is this your router? http://support.cslox.../netgaer834.pdf


From what I have read, there isn't really a page to configure the router to do what you're wanting it to do (QOS, quality of service). You may be able to download a firmware update and maybe that feature will be added. But from what I can tell it's not a feature incorporated into the router at this time. There is an alternative method tho, You could install a third party firmware like http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato or http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index There is RISK involved with doing this, and if done incorrectly it could render your router useless. AKA "brick"

Edited by D-Berd, 01 December 2010 - 06:45 PM.

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Ok thanks for the reply. I am not too familiar with firmware so im not sure im willing to risk installing some from a 3rd party. However if my router is unable to do this im happy to buy a different one. Are there any you would recommend? or is it just a case of me shopping around for one that is QoS enabled?

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Yeah, I personally like Linksys, I guess it depends on your budget and the capabilities of the router. What I would do is check the capabilities of routers in your price range and research the QOS functions on the router company's web site, check user forums, things like that. See what other people are saying about its functionality and quality. Common sense stuff. Good luck. :D
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