Limit Users Wireless Speed

Posted on 2014-11-10
Last Modified: 2015-07-14
Hey guys,

I have a small hotel that needs 4-5 access points. Now there are about 70-80 people who will connect to the WiFi. I want to setup a policy that limits each user to 1mb/download. What device would i need?
Question by:Cobra25
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by:Craig Beck
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You can do that at the router/firewall - you'd just need to choose one that does bandwidth limiting.  A ready-made solution would be something like the Zyxel N4100 hotspot router...

You could also use something like DD-WRT installed on a compatible router.

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craig, can that do it by user?
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by:Craig Beck
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If you mean can it differentiate on a per-login basis as to which user gets how much bandwidth, no.  It can do fair-share bandwidth limiting by setting a top-line value which will be applied to each user.

If you want the ability to apply 512Kbps to user1, and 2Mbps to user2, etc, you'd be better looking at DD-WRT or a proper UTM device.
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I want a proper UTM device. Please advise.

Also some nice AP's would be great too. Would i need a wireless controller to manage everything?
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Craig Beck earned 500 total points
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You could use something like a SonicWall solution.  Their UTM and wireless is quite nice and will do what you need.  That has wireless control built-in.

Ubiquiti UniFi APs can do the same without the UTM.  Instead you control the APs from software on a PC.

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Do you have a Ubiquiti model you recommend?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Meraki is made for this. A few aps all managed from the cloud controller with very easy per user bandwidth limits. You can even add a paid tier with different limits.

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