Shaping Small Mac-Based Home Network

I work in a small creative firm with 4-5 employees and no tech person. My boss has a wired connection and the rest of us have wireless. We have 4 people on Macs and 1 on a PC.

We are looking for a simple way to shape the network, so that when our boss needs to use most of the bandwidth, he can limit it for the rest of us so slow speeds don't hold up his work. What is the best way to do this?

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Just turn off the wireless.
Pimpernel777Author Commented:
People still need to be connected. He just wants to make sure he can have a faster connection when needed.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Since he has a wired connection, he probably already does.  Wireless connections share the wireless bandwidth but his wired connection doesn't.  If you have a home grade wireless router, I don't think you can allocate bandwidth on a connection basis.
Kyle GreenCommented:
The best way to do this is to enable QoS on the firewall for your network. Consumer grade routers have this functionality but in my own speed tests, it's not worth it's weight in dung.

One good method would be to set up a pfsense firewall (I suggest pfsense because of the size of your office, expected budgetary limitation for most offices that size).

You could then have the firewall automatically limit the traffic by designating a maximum of 85% of the bandwith for the boss' computer, and leaving everyone else in the lowest possible category. The benefit of this is pfsense can run on an just about any old or new computer. Add a wifi card to it and you can have the network managed in one place, without too much technical knowledge needed. This setup would also allow your office to do MANY other things that you may have never thought possible, such as host a secured SSL private VPN or transparent proxy with antivirus scanning of all network traffic that passes through the firewall.

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Kyle GreenCommented:
If you need an IT consultant on this matter post an email address you don't mind sharing with the world and we can set something up.
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