How to Monitor and Restrict Router Traffic: 4 Tips and Tricks

MakeUseOf | 4/16/2019 | Gavin Phillips
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You’re watching a movie on Netflix when suddenly the internet comes screeching to a halt. The buffering screen seems to take forever. So, what’s causing your sudden internet slow-down?

Well, if you have kids with mobile devices, laptops, consoles, or computers in their bedroom, then chances are, you’re facing a bandwidth crisis. What’s the solution? How do you make sure the kids are sleeping on a school night rather than streaming video under the duvet?

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The best option is managing your home internet use directly from the router. Here’s how to control the internet in your home!

Managing Home Internet Use: Monitoring or Spying?

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Thankfully, there are all kinds of ways you can use your router to monitor your home network traffic. You can block traffic during certain times and days, give higher priority to specific devices that are more important for the family, and figure out which devices are consuming the most data.

Knowing how to monitor traffic and usage on the router level is important, especially with a bandwidth-hungry family.

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Better still, monitoring at the router level doesn’t feel as invasive as installing parental controls or other monitoring software directly your children’s devices, a delicate struggle for many parents. Installing a tracking or monitoring program walks the fine line between monitoring your kids and spying on them, which no parent wants to do.

One of the first things to do is give your living room entertainment system the highest priority for the available bandwidth coming to and from the internet. Quality of Service (QoS) settings on your router let you adjust the bandwidth for individual applications and devices on your home network.

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5 Reasons to Enable Quality of Service Settings on Your Router

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