How to limit the bandwidth to devices connected to a router?

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With Routers we can connect wirelessly without any problem and this gives us a freedom and comfort that we did not have before. This without naming that we can connect all   devices that we have available. But what seems like an advantage becomes a big deal, as my connections are now slower on some devices.

This has a very simple solution and for that we will limit the bandwidth to devices connected to a router. We have already told you how important it is to know how our devices work and how to set them up. Sometimes we have to learn how to restart or reset it to fix internet connection problems.



How to limit the bandwidth to devices connected to a router?

Imagine this case, several mobile devices and your PC they are connected and making intensive use of the network. This means that they are watching streaming movies, downloading files from P2P networks. Even watching videos or movies on a platform like YouTube, even if you have a fiber internet connection, you will have speed problems.

And this speed limit may be reflected in some devices more than others, but it will always seem that the connection speed drops, if multiple devices are connected at the same time. And this becomes more evident when in any of the connected devices, you want to download a file that has higher bandwidth due to its size.

Well, we have already described very well the problem that presents itself to us and we want to know what we should do to avoid this situation. Well, it's very simple, we just have to divide the bandwidth and in this way we can manage the traffic. Therefore, all connected devices will be able to connect seamlessly, without limiting the others.



But we don't have to do this exact division, we have to give more bandwidth to those devices that we know will need a higher limit for the activities they perform. And the rest will use a width limit that allows them to browse smoothly and without slowing down those devices that require more bandwidth.

How to distribute the router bandwidth

The new Routers allow us to limit the bandwidth of our WiFi through the configuration. Entering this section we will look for the QoS function, through it you can give priority to the data flow. In addition to managing the different types of traffic , limiting the bandwidth to the devices connected to a router.

This function is found in the router Menu and we will find it in NAT or where the options to close and open ports are found. Here we will find to activate QoS, so we must indicate the network to be distributed, the amount of bandwidth. And finally, which packages we want to prioritize, there is a Router that allows you to indicate the platforms, be they gaming, YouTube, WhatsApp, etc.


We can also assign a speed limit to each user connected to the Router. Once you have finished these configurations, we can move on to check if the devices can navigate without problems. If, on the other hand, our Router does not allow us to carry out these configurations, we must use external applications.

We will recommend you a tool which is free and which will help you a lot in the way of running traffic and bandwidth limit. This application is called Traffic Shaper and so we come to the end of this guide that has taught you with simple steps  how to limit the bandwidth to the devices connected to a router.


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