If all workstations in office or internet café LAN share a single common internet connection , then this is the most common problem is faced , if any workstation starts multiple downloading , then the internet speed sucks (decreases) on all other workstations . Hence to overcome this problem I am suggesting here two different options:
Option 1 : This Option will allow you to control (increase/decrease) the speed / bandwidth of any workstation any time live from the server , without disturbing any workstations.
- By using an extra LAN Card in the server : We can easily control internet bandwidth or network traffic or downloading speed of any workstations on the local area connection by using an extra Lan card in your host computer. Without using any application software . Just you need to follow the below steps :
Step 1 :On your Host computer , First of all you need to install any one of the operating system – windows server 2012 or windows server 2008 or windows server 2003.
Step 2 : Install the lan card in the host computer , install the lan card driver software.
Step 3 : Plugin the Direct internet connection from the modem in to the inbuilt Ethernet port.
Step 4 : Take the output from Lan Card Ethernet port and connect to the input port of hub / switch / router . Now connect all workstations with the output port of switch / hub / router
Step 5 : Now on host computer , Go to Control panel > network Connections > Local area connection properties of ( lan card). Click on configure > network adapters > advanced >link speed & duplex mode > select each individual workstations and set value in kbps , save and reboot the host computer . that’s all done.
- By using a software called Handy Café filter : This Option will also allow you to control (increase/decrease) the speed / bandwidth of any workstation any time live from the server , without disturbing any workstations, by using a software called handy cafe filter. The steps of installation & configuration is explained below :
Step 1 :In this method , Extra Lan card is not required & you can use windows xp , windows 7, windows 8 , etc operating system on the server .
Step 2 : Download the software called – “handy café filter” from its website it is free of cost , This software has two part one is installed on server & another is installed on each client workstation , just you need register in order to use this software , once you register , you will get serial number & registration code in your email , enter both code in the application in the handy cafe filter software installed on server ,and activate it . client activation is not required.
Step 3: Now turn ON all the client workstations & Install the all client software on all client workstations , now open the handy café filter software on the server , and see whether all client workstations icon are displaying in the dash board of the server software or not , if it is showing all of them its ok.
Step 4 : if the client work stations are not displaying in the server handy café software interface , then you need to set up manual ip address to all client and server as well. In server set up ip address – 192.168.1.100 , Enter your router address as default gateway address ie : 192.168.1.1 , now set up manual ip address to each clients , for example – 192.168.1.101 , 192.168.1.102 , and so on.. to all client workstations.
Step 5 : Now you will be able to see the icon of all clients in server handy café software . Now here follow the steps how to configure bandwidth / internet speed / downloading speed of each client workstation from the server . watch the video below for seting up the speed limit .
Watch this video tutorial –
Option 2 : This option will allow to set up or distribute a fixed internet speed bandwidth of each client work stations , but you will not be able to make changes on any client speed live from the server . in order to change the speed distribution , either you need to change setting of your router & reboot the router or either you need to go to client work station to change the value. This can be achieved by two following methods :
- By distributing bandwidth using router : Note This option is not available in all router , so kindly enquire about this feature before purchasing the router . if your router supports this feature then You will find the option by login to your router and you can set speed limit to each client workstation from the router . the only demerit whenever you increase or decrease the speed limit of any workstation , it will be implemented only after rebooting your router.
- By Installing Bandwidth controller software on each work stations : In this option you need to install bandwidth controlling software on each client and set up the different bandwidth limit on each workstations . It can not be controlled from the host computer , if you need to change the bandwidth of any workstation , then you need to go to that work station and open that software and change the speed limit of that particular work station. The example of such software is – Traffic shaper xp , or windows 7.