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    Question Need to improve network monitoring

    Hello All,

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I have an Asus RT-N53 on my home network running the latest rev of the Asus firmware. Tried switching to DD-WRT, loved the extra features, but had issues and ultimately switched back.

    I have long term guests in my home, the teen son is home all day and either watching stuff on Netflix or playing games on his PS3 all night. I want to limit their bandwidth usage on the PS3 and the mothers laptop. I have already tried going into the QOS and added a line item for each of the devices NICs, assigned either low or lowest priority and even reset the low (3-8%) and lowest 1-2%) settings. I have Cox with a 15/5 connection and have times when my Sony BD Player spends half its time buffering.

    Since I do not maintain the mothers laptop, so I do not know how seriously she takes security, is there a way to get the router to watch for typical malware, spyware and other bandwidth consuming communication? I'm thinking packet sniffer, but don't know if that's using a sledgehammer when a much smaller tool would do the job.

    Thanks!

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    If the router won't do the work you'll need to run a PC in front of it with something like m0n0wall or smoothwall.
    The alternative is to get a router with the features you require.

    cheers, Paul

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    On the router, if compatible, install Tomato. It has speed limit control.
    For simpler method, purchase another router, preferably low speed and cheap, such as 54G or less! Connect the new router to the main router. Limited users will be on the new router. Non-limited users will be on main router.
    Now you can set the new router to a lower speed and all the users on this router will be speed limited.
    Connect the new router via the WAN. That is, the new router's WAN port goes to a LAN port of the main router. (One accidental advantage is double isolation/firewall from the Internet. Hard to penetrate.)
    Access to the new router can be either wireless or wired. You can have both routers' wireless turned on. (To prevent interference, use different channels). Make sure put all speed limited users on the new router. Normal users will connect (wired or wireless) to the main router.

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