BudMan, on 04 February 2013 - 20:51, said:
Really a whole 56 megabits per second??
Did you mean MB? B = Bytes, b = bits
What is your current router? What is your current switch? Any smart or managed switch should support rate limiting which would be a simple way to / the bandwidth between the ports being used, even the AP ports could be rate limited, etc.. So 56MBytes / 20 would be like 2.8MBytes each... Not too shabby.
Or you could replace the router with say a firewall distro box and do some QoS along with layer 7 filtering to block protocols like p2p, or run a proxy on it to do content filtering, etc.
There are some off the shelf routers that might do some QoS or bandwidth limiting, etc. for you -- but I have never seen one do Layer7 Filtering if you want to block stuff like p2p. P2P could run on any port, and can be very difficult to block actually. Content filtering could block you from the sites used to find the links to the torrents, etc. You could lock down ports to only standard net ports 80/443, etc. But could cause issues.
Your best bet with 20 individuals is just evenly divide the bandwidth you all share and let users do whatever they want with their share.
Speedtest is going with Mb/s. (In the Netherlands so that speed at a house is almost the norm?)
The router is: Cisco epc3925
Switch : Edimax es-3124rl
That was the way I was thinking of doing it, is to split the bandwidth equally! Would a managed switch be a heavy investment?
Students just love to do everything at the same time, torrenting, browsing, youtube, skypeing! And in the evenings it gets a bit much when a few people are all doing the same!
Thanks for your in depth answer.