I want to be able to limit the global Download and Upload speed of my computer so that I won't be using "all" the bandwidth from my router, especially since there are other residents using it.

What software exists that allows you to limit your bandwidth?

  • can you add more information? are other pcs connecting via wifi etc? more info means a better answer. – Keltari Sep 14 '12 at 17:52
  • Good Guy Apothem. +1 for being considerate of other people. – imtheman Sep 14 '12 at 17:58
  • I assume the question only makes sense if you want it to work on Windows, but a confirmation of this and a specification of which version might be helpful. – Eroen Sep 14 '12 at 18:38
  • Yes there will be other pcs connected via wifi/ethernet. And yes, I believe having it work for Windows 7 is sufficient. I use Fedora alongside Windows 7, and if there is a way to limit the bandwidth on Fedora as well that would be great. – Apothem Sep 15 '12 at 2:18
  • Is not global bandwith, but this article explains how to use TMeter to limit until 4 applications for free, and thus replace pay software like NetLimiter or NetBalancer. – Leopoldo Sanczyk Feb 2 '20 at 7:04

There are not a lot of free bandwidth limiters for Windows as they normally require a driver to be installed, and it costs money to have them digitally signed. I used the free edition of Net Balancer in the past and it did the job.

But I would see if your router has any QOS ( Quality of Service ) features as it applies to all devices and is far more effective in a shared household, especially with bit torrent traffic.

If your router does not have built in QOS features, see if it is compatible with something like DD-WRT which provides more options.


I use this one:


  • Apparently, TrafficShaperXp was discontinued, and its latest version (1.2) was released in 2007. – Leopoldo Sanczyk Feb 2 '20 at 7:06

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