The other day, I was casually watching a Minecraft stream when suddenly, Steam decides it might be a good idea to update some of my games. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if I had a better Internet connection, but this isn’t the case…

Obviously, the Steam updates took up ALL of my bandwidth, making the stream impossible to watch. This pissed my off to no end, so I decided to scour the web for a way to limit a program’s internet bandwidth.

Turns out, it’s actually a fairly easy thing to do. The first thing you need to do is to download and install a program called NetBalancer (the free version is more than enough for our needs). NetBalancer can be found here:

Once NetBalancer is finished installing, open it. You’ll see something like this:

NetBalancer user interface

Now, let’s say we want to limit the download speed of Google Chrome. We first need to select the relevant process (in this case, chrome.exe):

Now, we need to click on the half-filled green arrow icon:

Clicking the correct icon

We then set the desired download limit and press Ok.

Setting the desired download limit

And there you go, the program should now have a limited download speed, and therefore won’t monopolize your internet connection.

Limited internet

I hope that this article helped you, and thanks for reading!


Posted in: Networking.
Last Modified: June 6, 2014

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