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I work in a corporate office, I am in charge of distributing the training videos. I have all 100+ training videos shared over the network. The plant managers open the videos in WMP so it's essentially streaming off the computer where the videos are stored. The issue is that the videos are on my personal PC. So the streaming bogs down my internet connection. Is there any way to disable the streaming?

I want them to have to download the video to their workstations and then watch it.

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I think you are trying to use the wrong solution. Move the videos to a proper corporate file-server (which also takes care of backups and you do not disrupt people when you shutdown or reset your workstation). –  Hennes Sep 7 '13 at 16:20
    
I am separate from IT. IT won't let me do that I already tried... we don't have a huge IT budget and the servers are being "pegged" already. –  Kryptos Sep 7 '13 at 16:24
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Try putting them up on Google Drive or Dropbox, if you can't get IT to host them. There is no way for your computer to tell the difference between downloading and streaming, the requests are identical. –  wingedsubmariner Sep 7 '13 at 16:26
    
You could YouTube them. –  Bon Gart Sep 7 '13 at 16:29
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@Kryptos You don't understand, there is no solution to the original question, there is no way for your computer to tell the difference between someone downloading your file to stream it and someone downloading your file to watch it locally on their computer. Your only option is host the file not on your workstation so it does not effect you. –  Scott Chamberlain Sep 7 '13 at 18:12

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The only way you could get users to download the video first (without streaming) is to instruct them to do so. There's no magic way to instruct their computers to download it first. And even if you did instruct them to do this, you would still experience lag in your connection. There is no difference between "streaming" (playing while downloading) and downloading (playing the file after downloading) They're still downloading it from you and using bandwidth. (Read @ScottChamberlain's comment)

You said you do not want to move the files off of your computer or move them to a cloud service, so you've essentially locked yourself out of all viable solutions.


However, an alternative solution to fix your slow network speed problem would be to put your computer behind a router and use QoS to limit file sharing services outbound. This would be taking place on TCP port 445. Their computers would simply take longer to buffer (while streaming) or download. The downside to doing this is all outbound file sharing traffic from your computer on this port would become throttled.

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