NIC access priority

Any way to set a priority for a process' access to the NIC? E.g. i'd like a download to give way to other processes requiring NIC access
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TOC-FriedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Not possible in XP really, unless you set it's priority to real time and close the other applications later. You can do it with a lot of routers though, the actual prioritization you are looking for is linux based, the same technology most routers use.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
What about 'the other way around' by throttling a certain process?
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TOC-FriedCommented:
You cannot control the bandwidth of processes that do not have the bandwidth throttling built in like Bear share for example.

What application are you trying to throttle? That would be a big help.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
wget
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TOC-FriedCommented:
Ok it's wget, a command line process that downloads files.. How big is the file you are downloading? Your best bet as I said above is to just give it realtime or focus on a router. You may already have a router if you have an xDSL connection or some broadband connections, otherwise, you got buckleys chance of throttling a HTTP download using it.

You can however, use applications like Download Accelerator and others to download large files.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
56,497,989 bytes and it's coming down about 4.5K/s. As a result, posting this response to you now will take much more time than i'd like ;-)
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TOC-FriedCommented:
Ok, here's what you can do to help clear the air.

Kill all unnecessary processes like outlook and anything else that has access to the net, then.. wait for your download to finish and reboot your machine.

If you get a prompt for killing the wrong process and you get a shutdown warning, quickly type shutdown -a in the run line. That's the best you can do, since you already started it with wget.
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