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How can I get Fedora 16 to balance internet bandwidth?

asked 2012-02-04 15:10:37 -0600

desouzaalex gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 11:29:33 -0600

mether gravatar image

Anytime I'm downloading something on Firefox or watching some stream video, it will use all my bandwidth so that it becomes impossible to load any page at all - even Google! I come from Windows 7 and it knew how to balance bandwidth between two or more applications so that I could still surf on the web while downloading something.

Is something wrong? There's a way to fix that?

  • OS: Fedora 16 (32 bits)
  • Internet connection: ADSL

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2012-02-06 10:20:06 -0600

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updated 2012-02-06 10:22:15 -0600

You cannot limit the bandwith per applications without any external tools (if the application that you are trying to limit doesn't have that option, the short answer is you cannot).

Any proxy solution, as squid, would be overkill for a home user (and more if you are new to linux).

If you are connected to internet through a router, you could to look if the device support QoS over protocol by example (give more priority to http over torrent...), but also is not the easiest thing to do.

I just remembered that you could use a download manager when downloading huge files, and limit the speed there, so your downloads won't kill you page navigation. Kget (under kde) has a "limit speed download" option.

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answered 2012-02-04 21:27:26 -0600

satyaakam gravatar image

use a local proxy server or tc

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