The bandwidth refers to the upload or the download speed of any artifact to or from the Internet. You can choose how much bandwidth you want to assign to a particular application in Windows 10. In this article, we will tell you a method through which you can limit any application’s bandwidth on Windows 10.
Limiting Any Application’s Network Bandwidth on Windows 10
In this method, we will try to limit the bandwidth given to the updates in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:
Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result in order to launch the settings window. The newly opened Settings window is shown in the following image:
Click on the Update and Security tab as highlighted in the image shown above.
Now click on Windows Update as shown in the image below:
Click on the Advanced Options as highlighted in the following image:
Now click on Delivery Optimization as highlighted in the image shown below:
Click on the Advanced Options.
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The Advanced Options window is shown in the following image:
Check the checkboxes corresponding to the fields of Download and Upload Settings as highlighted in the image shown below:
After checking these checkboxes, you can easily modify the updates bandwidth as per your own requirements.
By following the method discussed in this article, you can easily limit the bandwidth of any application in Windows 10. You can customize this setting whenever you want and you can always get back to the default settings simply by unchecking those checkboxes.
Windows is indeed a great desktop operating system. The operating system is powering the majority of desktop computers and laptops. If you have been using Windows operating system for a while, then you might know that there are lots of software available for the platform.
Why to Limit Bandwidth?
On average, a user installs almost 30-40 software on their computer. If you have limited internet bandwidth, then managing all those applications in your Windows system could be a real pain. Just like the operating system, applications also need updates, and they can consume lots of internet bandwidth.
There are many software available but personally, I’ve chosen the best of two. So let’s discover those:
- First of all download and install ‘NetBalancer‘ from given link:
- Now firstly save all the work that you are doing over the internet as while installing this app the drivers will be installed that will stop internet connection. Now after completing the installation you need to restart your computer.
- Now after your computer is restarted launch the application from the created desktop shortcut and then click on Filter internet application and you will see all the application that working on the internet.
- Right-click on any of the application and select their priority according to your wish as low, medium or high according to your wish.
- You can also create custom rules for individual apps. Just select ‘Create Rule’ and set the new rules.
- Now limit the data usage in KB’s for the apps that you want to restrict data usage. That’s it, you are done! now the data limit will be set for that app.
With NetLimiter, you can decide which apps can connect to the internet and how much they are allowed to use. Here’s how you can use NetLimiter on Windows computer.
- Go to the given link and download and install the ‘NetLimiter‘
- Now, open the app and you will now see the main interface of the app. To check the exact download and upload speeds, click on the installed apps.
- To monitor internet traffic, you can double click on the app to view the traffic statistic.
- To set rules on NetLimiter, you need to select the app and then head to the Options > Add Rules.
- Now, if you want to set the traffic quota on any specific app, then select the app and then click on ‘Filter’ and then set the bandwidth quota.
That’s it, you are done! This is how you can use NetLimiter to limit Bandwidth to certain apps in Windows 10.
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Unless you are living in some awesome city, most of the Internet connections are of low bandwidth, maybe a couple “Mbps” on average. Managing all those applications in your Windows system to use that limited bandwidth is a real pain. Though you have all sorts of features in Windows, there is no option that lets you control which app uses what amount of bandwidth. Sure, you can completely block an app using the built-in Windows firewall or a third-party firewall software, but that doesn’t work for everyone as you want those apps to access the Internet.
Here is how you can limit certain applications using up all your bandwidth.
Limit Bandwidth to Certain Applications in Windows 10
In order to limit bandwidth to select applications in Windows, we are going to use a third party application called Net Balancer. The free or unregistered version of this app is capable of limiting up to three processes at any given point of time, which is good enough for most home users.
To start, head over to the official website and download the NetBalancer application. Once downloaded, install it like any other software.
Since the application installs its own drivers, you will lose your Internet connectivity after the installation, so make sure that you’ve saved all your work before installing the program and restart the system after installation.
After the restart, launch the program either using the desktop shortcut or from the Start menu. Once launched, the app might ask if you would like to set some predefined network priorities. Just click on the button “No” for now. You can always set the pre-defined priorities later.
In the main window the first thing you need to do is filter out the processes that are connected to the Internet. To do that, click on the “Show online processes only” icon on the top-right corner.
You can also click on the “Download Rate” section to sort all the process according to how much bandwidth they are using.
Once you find the target process you want to limit the bandwidth for, right-click on it and select either low, normal or high priority. This action will limit how much bandwidth the process can use.
If you want to set a precise limit of the target process, then select the “Limit” option from the context menu.
The above action will open the “Edit Priority” window. Here enter the limit rate in KB/s and click on the OK button to save the changes. As you can see from the below image, I’m limiting the Chrome process to only use 120KB/s from the available bandwidth.
You can also set the upload priority by changing the Upload Priority status to “Limited.”
Once the limit has been set, the target process cannot exceed the set limit unless you change or remove the limit.
If you want to remove the limit, simply change the Priority status from “Limit” to “Normal” in the Edit Priority window.
If for some reason the application cannot detect your network card, click on the “Edit” option appearing on the top navigation bar and select “Network Adapters.”
Once the Network Adapters window has been opened, select the network adapters you want to monitor and click on the “Ok” button to save the changes. In my case, I only have one network adapter on my desktop, so the application only shows that and automatically selected it.
It is that simple to limit certain apps in Windows from using up all the bandwidth. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above app to limit application bandwidth usage in Windows.
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Do you want to download, watch a stream, and play your online game without lag at the same time?
Do you want to limit the bandwidth to get the best ping?
As you know, by default the internet connection is used by all your applications and operating system equally. Sometimes you want to do multiple tasks while playing online, causing your ping to jump to high and having difficulty because of low internet speed.
Unless you have a 5G or an Optical Fiber connection, you will need to distribute your internet’s bandwidth according to your needs.
For example, you can set the limit to your Google Chrome bandwidth downloads to 500KB/s and uploads to 300KB/s , set the limit to your Steam Client to 200KB/s and the same thing goes to other applications.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use NetLimiter which is a free software allowing you to regain control over your bandwidth for Free.
NetLimiter: Control Bandwidth of Applications on Windows 10
You can download NetLimiter for free from this official URL: https://www.netlimiter.com/
After the download, start the installation by choosing a destination folder, accepting the License terms and conditions, and clicking “INSTALL“.
Click “OK” to restart apps that are open, otherwise, you may need a restart after the installation is finished.
Launch your NetLimiter software from the Desktop shortcut.
You can control global connections, internet connection, local connection network and individual applications.
On top you will find three toggle buttons: Blocker On, Limiter On, Priorities On
Those three buttons will allow you to enable/disable all rules without having to close the program.
For example, if you want to limit the download & upload speed of my internet browser Google Chrome, all you have to do is select Google Chrome from the list, and add the “Limit” Rules on the right pane.
You can also set the “Priority” which sets a minimum & maximum bandwidth percentage according to the Priorities settings that we will uncover later on.
Under the “Rules List” tab, you can see all the rules you have set up.
Under the “Priorities” tab you can redefine the percentage of bandwidth reservations according to each type of priority.
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One of my friends who is a gamer has to install updates of Dota 2 game on a regular basis, but his sister is always on Netflix and sucks up all the bandwidth. So he asked me how can he set bandwidth allocation so his pc gets maximum bandwidth without letting his sister know about it. So in this article, we will learn how to give bandwidth priority to an application over another.
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How to set bandwidth priority using task manager?
You can easily limit the bandwidth priority for an application using the task manager.
Open the task manager and under the Details tab, you will see all the apps running.
Now right-click on any app and hover over Set priority and now you can choose any of the realtime, high, normal, etc. priority.
Look for bandwidth limit options in the programs you use
Most of the softwares have this feature through which you can manage the amount of bandwidth that app uses.
For example, in the Steam app, you can limit the amount of bandwidth the Steam app uses. Open Steam –> Settings –> Downloads and now select the “Limit bandwidth to” option to restrict the bandwidth.
This feature is also available in various other applications such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
How to set bandwidth priority using a software
The only best app available for this purpose is the NetLimiter app. It is quite cheaper than other paid tools, easy-to-use interface, and covers unlimited applications.
You can refer to the below video to learn how to use Netlimiter.
How to use QOS to setup bandwidth priority
First, connect to your WiFi and login to the router.
Now under the Bandwidth control tab (on left-tab) and now choose the priority for different apps.
With these methods, you can easily set the bandwidth priority for different apps such as Steam, DropBox, etc. games.
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This helped me a lot, my download speed used to be 1Mbps while using other apps, it’s a lot faster now thanks a lot.
But edit settings at your own risk
Update: It has been brought to my attention from a colleague that the idea of QOS taking up 20% of the bandwidth is actually a myth. Microsoft has an official response to this that you can read here and it’s been debunked on LifeHacker as well. Edit the setting at your own risk.
For their own use, Microsoft by default reserves 20% of your bandwidth for QOS or Quality of Service usage like Windows update. Well I don’t usually use Windows Update on a daily basis and I don’t think a majority of users do, so why reserve a bandwidth for it? To remove this limit, open up the Run interface then enter gpedit.msc:
This opens the group policy editor window. Under the Local Computer Policy choose Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler > Limit Reservable Bandwidth. My screenshot below should guide you if you get lost on the navigation tree:
This will open the Limit reservable bandwidth properties window and you will see that by default it is not configured.
So why would you change a limit if it is not configured anyway? Well you can see the reason if you click the Explain tab:
…By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.
Now that we know that limit is indeed 20% by default, go back to the Setting tab then choose Enabled and then put a zero value on the limit. Then click OK.
I am yet to benchmark the results of this setting. In theory it should add 20% to your bandwidth by removing this limit.
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Is there a technique in Windows that can selectively limit bandwidth of a running process?
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NetLimiter is an ultimate internet traffic control and monitoring tool designed for Windows. You can use NetLimiter to set download/upload transfer rate limits for applications or even single connection and monitor their internet traffic.
Along with this unique feature, Netlimiter offers comprehensive set of internet statistical tools. It includes real-time traffic measurement and long-term per-application internet traffic statistics
There are good reasons to look at the “Internet facing router” approach for managing a network as a whole – however as the original question was specific and the user may very well be the only computer on the network, that is a secondary concern.
Per one of the other top answers, for a while I tested out NetBalancer. It works really well – and is easy to configure.
NetBalancer is available for purchase on their web page for about $50. The trial/free version allows you to monitor connections – but does not allow throttling.
The alternative is NetLimiter. It has a free trial period – but starts at
$20 for the Lite version or
$30 for the Pro version. NetLimiter is the tried-and-tested go-to application for many SysAdmins.
When NetLimiter’s trial ends, until you buy a license, it becomes a monitoring-only tool – and no longer supports throttling. This can still be useful – but not for this use case.
Using a Router (with an explanation of why this isn’t a good approach to this use case).
Though using a smart/highly-configurable router is usually the better approach to wholistic network management, the disconnect between that and the original question is not explained in @ZaB’s answer. The original question is specifically asking about a process – which a router has no way reliably to identify.
The one variation that is close to useful on this end is if an application only communicates over a specific channel or type of traffic that easily can be identified by the router. An example is below of EA’s Origin downloads:
Origin presently uses Akamai. Typically I set automatic downloads/updates to run at any time – but I’d prefer that it not use all the line capacity while I’m busy doing other more important things. Origin happens to be very bad at this sort of thing, thus it doesn’t support download schedules or download throttling. Currently my desktop is downloading a game using the server “a1750.d.akamai.net”. A MikroTik router (an example of a smart router) can take note that this DNS name was used (it will be in the DNS cache with an IP address) and can be configured temporarily to add the destination server’s IP address to an “address list”. All traffic to/from the address list can be added to a throttled queue thereby, technically, throttling a single application.
The approach above is naive however. EA could at any time change the server name, the protocol used, or another unrelated service using the Akamai infrastructure could be inadvertently throttled. Now my shiny new rule is rendered useless and broken.
January 31, 2016 By Nithindev
How to limit bandwidth to certain applications in Windows 10: – Bandwidth is the maximum rate at which a network can transfer data. Our internet connections are of low bandwidth. So, insufficient bandwidth is a major trouble we face every day. In our Windows system, we have plenty of applications for our various requirements.Most of these applications eat up our available bandwidth either running in foreground or background. Thus by using this limited bandwidth, these applications create a bandwidth bottleneck in our systems. Even though Windows support a wide range of features, there is no such feature which controls the bandwidth utilisation of an application. We can restrict applications from using the Windows firewall, but it is not practical since we might want those applications to connect to the internet. In such a situation we can make use of a third party software called Net Balancer. This software gives us full network control over our computer. Read on, to learn how to use this software effectively.
- Go to the official website of NetBalancer and click on Download NetBalancer button.
- Double click on the downloaded file to install it like any other software. After installation restart your system.
- After restarting your system, launch NetBalancer either using Desktop shortcut or from the start menu. The app may ask you to set some predefined network priorities. Just press No for now. You can always set them later.
- In the top-right corner of the main window click on Show online processes only icon to filter the processes that are connected to the internet.
- Click on the Download Rate section to sort the processes according to the bandwidth they are using.
- Right-click on the process you want to limit the bandwidth. You can select either low, normal or high to limit the bandwidth it uses.
- If you want to set a precise value as a limit select the Limit option from the expanded menu.
- It will open the Edit Priority window. From here you can limit the rate and press OK button. Here I have limited Chrome process to use only 150 KB/s of the available bandwidth.
- You can also set the upload limit by changing Upload Priority into Limited.
- The process cannot exceed the limit unless you change the limit. If you want to remove the limit, change the priority status from Limited to Normal in the Edit Priority window.
- Sometimes the application may not be able to detect your network card. In that case, click on the Edit option in the navigation bar and select Network Adapters.
- In the Network Adapters window, select the network adapter to be monitored and press OK . Here I have three network adapters on my laptop. I have selected to monitor all the three adapters.
Now you have learnt a simple trick to limit specific apps in Windows from eating up all the available bandwidth.
Limits for a Web Site
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How to configure the connection limit options for a site
Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager:
If you are using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2:
- On the taskbar, click Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1:
- Hold down the Windows key, press the letter X, and then click Control Panel.
- Click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
If you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:
- On the taskbar, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:
- On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
In the Connections pane, expand the server name, expand the Sites node, and then click the name of the site.
In the site’s Home pane, click Advanced Settings. in the Actions pane.
In the Advanced Settings dialog box, expand Limits, specify connection limit options, and then click OK.
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Specifies the maximum network bandwidth, in bytes per second, that is used for a site. Use this setting to help prevent overloading the network with IIS activity.
Specifies the maximum number of connections for a site. Use this setting to limit the number of simultaneous client connections.
Specifies the maximum number of segments permitted in a URL.
The following configuration sample shows a Web site where the maximum bandwidth is set to 65,536 bytes per second, the maximum number of connections is set to 1024 , and the connection time-out is set to 1 minute.
The following code samples configure the Default Web Site for a maximum bandwidth of 65,536 bytes per second, 1024 maximum connections, and a connection time-out of 1 minute.