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I have DD-WRT installed on my router and I would like to be able to restrict the bandwidth both up and down on a certain IP or Mac address. I am happy to get my hands dirty and use console.

I am sure that iptables can do this? If so could someone show me a quick example?

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Well, unfortunately I haven't found a simple way to do this otherwise I would give you some examples; however, the tc command will do what you need.

Tc is a traffic shaping utility that is built into the Linux kernel. Be prepared, it isn't for the faint of heart. I recommend doing a good bit of reading about the queuing disciplines before starting.

At the least, this should give you somewhere to start:



From that page, this link claims to have a "simple" answer:


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You can use the tc command to accomplish this. If you'd like to rate-limit a single host, there's a quick guide here:

Rate limiting a single host or netmask

If you'd like a more comprehensive setup (for example, to guarantee prioritized traffic to VoIP), DD-WRT's supports setting up QoS rules directly via its user interface. Look here:

Quality Of Service

This link from the tc creators provides a great overview of traffic shaping using their tool, which is worth a read:

The Ultimate Traffic Conditioner: Low Latency, Fast Up & Downloads

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One way to do this is by placing the device in the bulk class using QoS via the web GUI then rate limiting that entire class using a cron job.


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