Streaming video can take up a lot of the bandwidth your ISP provides you. In fact, if you have less than a 10Mbps internet connection, a couple of simultaneous video streams can potentially slow down any other type of internet usage significantly. However, with this guide and a mikrotik router, you can limit video-streaming bandwidth so that it doesn’t eat up all of your available bandwidth.
Even though I primarily started this site to talk about dual-band routers, there are probably going to be a lot of Mikrotik guides and how-tos in here… I use them personally and professionally, and I like playing around with them in general.
Keeping wireless networks running smoothly can be a challenge, especially when you’re working with unlicensed frequencies and support hundreds or thousands of wireless connections. A tactic used by WISPs and other wireless network operators is to change frequencies on noise-affected devices, and changing frequencies may very well smooth out problematic connections. However, there is always the potential for unintended negative consequences, and this is what this post is about: being able to identify problems that arise due to frequency changes.
My kids use my gaming system (PS3) for watching videos on Amazon and Netflix. Due to the layout of my home, it’s very convenient. Unfortunately, it’s also very convenient for one of the kids to just turn things on at night and binge-watch their favorite shows until they fall back asleep in front of it. After seeing this happen a couple of times, I decided I needed to do something about it… Which, that was turn off internet access to the PS3 when they should be sleeping.
While Mikrotik products are geared towards the tech-savvy group, they seem to be a growing choice for home lab users and the tech-curious who may work outside of the IT field. When I was first using Mikrotik products and RouterOS, it was a bit overwhelming, and guides like these made my life a whole lot easier…