Need help with a network setup.

By Dantrag
Jul 4, 2006
  1. Ok so, I've got a ADSL connection on my main system which is shared by 2 other computers. ((adsl modem > usb > network cable > switch > 2 PC's))

    I would like to beable to split the connection up, like say the main pc is seen as admin and the 2 others can only use 56kbps and have a limit of 2gb bandwith a month. how could I setup something like that up/what would I need?

    thanks ^^
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Rookie Posts: 1,511

    You can use software like Sygate Office Network or this , never used it personally but if you don't want to set up a seperate server then software is probably the way to go.
  3. Dantrag

    Dantrag TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 262

    Thanks, the softperfect tool looks nice. I'll figure out how to use it later.
    more idea's welcome, and free software is allways better.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,695   +487

    a network like
    isp -- modem -- sysA ---router -- other_systems(b,c,...)
    will allow your bandwith control via sysA, but requires sysA to always be running.
    It also allows a firewall in sysA to protect all down stream systems.
    (but each still requires anti-virus software). Lastly, sysA will degrade in
    performance and impact network performance per se.

    A network like

    isp -- modem -- router --- all_other_systems​
    would allow independent operation, need separate FW/AV software and not be bandwidth controlled.

    N.B:- a router rather than a switch is most desirable, as the systems can be
    conf'd using DHCP rather than manual settings.
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