Bandwidth is an essential factor in determining the speed of your internet connection. However, it can be frustrating when certain users consume a lot of bandwidth, causing slow internet speeds for everyone else. In such cases, it is crucial to limit the bandwidth of each user using their IP address. In this post, we will discuss how to limit bandwidth per IP.
Firstly, before limiting bandwidth, you need to check your bandwidth by visiting speedtest.net. This step will help you determine your internet speed and the amount of bandwidth you need to allocate to each user.
The next step involves creating limiters. Go to Firewall, then Traffic Shaper and create two limiters – one for the in and one for the out. For instance, you can limit your IP to 3 MB. Once done, save and apply.
After creating limiters, you need to create rules. Go to Firewall, then Rules, and select the LAN interface. Here, make sure the protocol is IPV4, and the source is your IP address. If you want to limit a group of IP addresses, create an alias. Aliases allow you to group IP addresses, making it easy to manage them. For example, you can create an alias named “Accounting” and add the IP addresses of all computers in the accounting office.
Once you have created the alias, go back to Firewall, then Rules, select the LAN interface, and add the created alias. Pass LAN protocol “any,” and in advanced settings, click on “limiter in” and “limiter out” and select the limiters you created earlier. Lastly, reload the filter to ensure that the changes take effect.
After reloading, visit speedtest.net to test the internet speed. You will notice that the bandwidth allocated to each user is now limited. If you have any questions, feel free to ask for help. By following these steps, you can efficiently limit bandwidth per IP and enjoy faster internet speeds.