Thanks, Scott. I appreciate the details. I hadn't thought of investigating firmware hacks. I have heard Cisco routers are being used to manage bandwidth, and are, as expected, a pricey "solution".
On Aug 4, 2014, at 7:34 PM, Scott Fisher wrote:
> I donšt know about libraries, but there are some technical solutions to
> problems like these.
> One approach to reducing bandwidth may be bandwidth throttling in the
> router settings for the router the library uses. This limits the
> download/upload rates for a client or clients and may limit high
> resolution video viewing because the connection then could be set to
> throttle at a speed too slow to view some or all high-resolution streaming
> versions of videos in real time. This may also make it so that one user
> isnšt hogging and saturating the internet connection and slowing the
> network for all other users. I've seen this kind of throttling in hotels
> that supply a free low speed connection that is good enough for checking
> email and browsing the web, but not fast enough for streaming video (they
> then may allow it if you pay an extra fee).
> There may also be ways to set daily bandwidth quotas for each client in
> the router settings for some routers.
> Many consumer routers do not have these settings, but more expensive
> professional-level routers or alternative firmwares for consumer routers
> might have the settings. For example, DD-WRT or Tomato are custom
> firmwares for some routers that may allow you to configure settings like
> this if someone has released something for your specific brand/model of
> router. For example a Tomato firmware by shibby has settings like this
> http://tomato.groov.pl/wp-content/gallery/screenshots/bwlimiter.png .
> I donšt know if that helps or is what youšre looking for.
> On 8/4/14, 7:20 AM, "Carol Bean" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> A quick and dirty search of the list archives turned up this topic from 5
>> years ago. I am wondering what libraries (especially those with limited
>> resources) are doing today to control or moderate bandwidth, e.g., where
>> viewing video sites uses up excessive amounts of bandwidth?
>> Thanks for any help,
>> Carol Bean
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