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Anyone know how to limit the bandwidth that my home server allows each client to pull. im asking because i may get a couple hdhomeruns but don't want large file transfers on the network affecting the tv. "wife acceptance factor" assistance is requested please. :)

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Have you tried it to see it to see if there is indeed a problem? If you have your network setup properly, they shouldn't affect each other at all.

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not yet. but sometimes my movie playback will stutter when transferring large files over. i don't think it has anything to do with setting it up correctly. everything is on gigabit and i saturate the connection when transferring large files (85-90 MB/s). i need to limit bandwidth so that my desktop will only transfer at say 500 Mbps and leave the other half for regular usage.

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That's a more an issue with the harddrives than the network.
Your current scenario skips when the WHS is reading & writing at the same time, right?
When using the HD HomeRun, you'll be transferring from the HDHR-> HTPC and so any transfers to the WHS won't affect that unless you are transferring from the HTPC.

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you may be right here. im not sure if my drives are being pushed to the max, or my network. i guess i'll just have to try it out. i hope not to piss the wife off.

regardless, i would still like to limit the bandwidth per client to prevent the skipping while reading/writing. if im only transferring at 500 Mbps I dont have to worry about saturating the drives.

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I would try to set the NIC in Device Manager on the desktop to 10/100 setting in the Advnaced/Speed & Duplex tab. That would keep its bandwidth low.

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To answer the question, I don't know of an easy way other than to maybe restrict the WHS' NIC to 100mbps full duplex only. That'll slow things down.

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well, i would like to keep the whs on full gigabit so i can serve multiple clients at once. 100mbps is too slow when it comes to transferring full blu-ray rips to the server. i think a managed switch may do the trick, but im trying to avoid that.

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I agree with usacomp2k3, as long you are talking about wired network. The only caveat would be if you have a hub in your network.

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what do you mean. i am talking about wired here. i have a 10/100 Mbps router, one 10/100 Mbps switch, and one 10/100/1000 switch. All the computers im talking about reside on the 1 Gb switch. I need to make it so I can transfer files and stream movies without stuttering. it is stuttering because the computer transferring large files is saturating either the network, or the hard disks. If I limit the transfer speed to say 500 Mbps on the computer transferring the large files, I should be good. that is what im trying to accomplish.

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