Friday, March 28, 2008

Regulate your browsing bandwidth on Firefox and Internet Explorer

Why is it necessary to monitor your internet connection bandwidth? Because you might be on a limited bandwidth plan and if you don't keep track of your downloads you might cross the allotted bandwidth and then you will have to pay a fat bill. Also you might have some download in progress through another application like BitTorrent or a download manager and also browsing at the same time. So it might be necessary to throttle your browsing bandwidth so that the download speeds are not affected. You might also need to throttle the bandwidth if you are sharing the internet connection with another computer or computers.

The bandwidth can be controlled by using bandwidth limiting softwares also called bandwidth shaper or traffic shaper. But you can forget about these tools and instead use plug-ins specially made for Firefox and Internet explorer. Pity, there is nothing for Opera.

Firefox Throttle and IE Throttle are small plug-ins for the Firefox browser and Internet Explorer respectively, that allows you to cap download/upload rates and monitor current bandwidth utilization.

What it can do:

- Limit download and upload rates for all open Firefox windows/tabs and downloads
- Bursting mode (allow short rate "bursting" after inactivity)
- Preset and custom limits
- Exclude lists for IP addresses and domains that should not be throttled
- Automatically excluded LAN IPs
- Traffic stats (for current session and historic since last reset) [Firefox only]
- Status panel with current bandwidth utilization indicators (or traffic counters) [Firefox only]
- Quick throttling on/off toggle on status panel [Firefox only]
- English and Russian User Interface [Firefox only]

Firefox_throttle Firefox_throttle

Firefox Throttle


IE Throttle

Firefox Throttle OR IE Throttle


  1. REGULATING DOWNLOADS; This is good, but am looking for a plug-in to firefox that will help prevent downloads above a certain KB or MB. I am running an internet cafe and will want to block heavy downloads on my network.

  2. Use a bandwidth limiting application. Search for "bandwidth limiting software" or "traffic shaper" on google.

    You can also try NetBalancer


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