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 From:  Bart Dubelaar <bart at hoteldeplataan dot nl>
 To:  m0n0wall List <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Captive Portal bandwidth limiting
 Date:  Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:24:11 +0100
Hello  everyone,

I've set up a wireless hotspot with m0n0wall as a captive portal. I'm  
using the latest beta version (1.3b2), which is really great as you  
can run it from a USB stick. The system is up and running for 3 days  
now and it's working great!
One thing that I'm not sure about is if I should prevent excessive  
use of bandwidth by users (p2p) in any way. The connection to the  
internet is by means of ADSL. One of the nasty things of ADSL is that  
when the upload channel get's maxed out the download channel stops  
working also. So to prevent this I could blocks ports used by p2p  
programs, but I don't like to limit the usability. The other thing is  
could do is limit bandwidth usage. In the Captive Portal settings  
page one can define a maximum bandwidth availability per user. The  
thing is that all the users share one single captive portal account.  
So now finally coming to my actual question: Is the bandwidth  
availability that I can set in the captive portal page linked to one  
user account or is it applied to every physical user that connects  
regardless of the account that is used?
For example, if I limit the bandwidth to 100kb and 2 users with  
account ' guest' connect, will they both get the 100kb at their  
disposition or will they share it?


Bart Dubelaar