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Limiting downloads on a Public Wireless Network

By cortney ·
The organisation I work for currently offers free Wireless Internet access to our customers, it is password protected.
Our Internet plan has a limit on the amount of downloads we can have each month. However, some of our customers seem to be downloading excessive amounts of stuff which results in our quota being filled about two weeks in.
Is there any way to limit the size and number of files that are downloaded? Our ISP was no help.

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by zeikonebulous In reply to Limiting downloads on a P ...

I may not be of much help with the technical know how yet, but this may be an alternative until technical controls can be implemented.

I suggest informing customers of a fair-use policy, and that their activity is being watched.

Use a port sniffer program such as Ethereal or for a corporate environment, use Sniffer Pro. You can be alerted when a user hits certain bandwidth limits and you can take appropriate action against customer, like taking away their internet.

Also, after a cursory look, you may want to implement a Microsoft ISA Server (Internet Security and Administration). With this, you could limit the use, set rules, etc? Here is the link: http://www.isaserver.org/software/ISA/Bandwidth-Control/

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