How to configure Bandwidth Control on TP-Link Wi-Fi Router

Configuration Guide
Updated 09-01-2022 08:00:56 AM FAQ view icon124598

For the new UI, please refer to the FAQ: How to use bandwidth control or Speed Limit on TP-Link Wi-Fi Routers?

Why we need Bandwidth Control?

Within a normal home network, the bandwidth is shared by all computers. This means any computer using high-bandwidth applications, for example torrent programs or other P2P software, will affect the other computers. This may also include negative influence on the performance of the entire network. How can we avoid this?

The answer is Bandwidth Control, which is designed to minimize the impact caused when the connection is under heavy load. Using Bandwidth Control, we can assign a specific minimum or maximum bandwidth for each computer, which means they have less interference on each other. Please follow the steps below to configure this feature.

How to configure Bandwidth Control?

The scenario below will take 3 computers sharing 512Kbps Egress Bandwidth and 2Mbps Ingress Bandwidth as an example, and explain how to use Bandwidth Control to optimize the load respectively.



PC1 often plays online game and downloads files which uses the most part of bandwidth.

PC2 is used for watching movies on the Internet which also needs much bandwidth.

PC3 is used for browsing websites usually, so it only needs a few bandwidth.

Step 1. Log in the router’s management interface. If you don’t know how to do that, please refer to How do I log into the web-based Utility (Management Page) of TP-Link wireless router?

Step 2. Go to Bandwidth Control.

Step 3. Enable Bandwidth Control, then fill in your Egress Bandwidth (the upload speed through the WAN port) and Ingress Bandwidth (the download speed through the WAN port), click Save.

Note: the values you configure for the Egress Bandwidth and Ingress Bandwidth should be less than 100,000Kbps. For optimal control of the bandwidth, please consult your ISP for the total egress and ingress bandwidth.

Step 4. Click Add New.

Step 5. Enter the information at the figure shown below.

IP Range-IP address of clients controlled. You may fill in a single IP address or IP address Range.

Note: when you configure the single IP address, the client with this IP address will get independent given bandwidth. When you configure the IP address range, all computers in the range will share the given bandwidth.

Port Range (optional)-The port range of TCP protocol or UDP protocol used by clients.

Protocol (optional)-You can choose the TCP protocol or UDP protocol or All.

Priority - Priority of Bandwidth Control rules. ‘1’ stands for the highest priority while ‘8’ stands for the lowest priority. The total Upstream/ Downstream Bandwidth is first allocated to guarantee all the Min Rate of Bandwidth Control rules. If there is any bandwidth left, it is first allocated to the rule with the highest priority, then to the rule with the second highest priority, and so on.

Egress Bandwidth - The max and the min upload speed which through the WAN port allocated to clients.

Ingress Bandwidth - The max and the min download speed through the WAN port allocated to clients.

Step 6. Click Save. Then the bandwidth Control will take effect!

Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

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