How to set the upload speed limit on YouTube

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How to set the upload speed limit on YouTube
YouTube doesn't supply a feature to limit upload speed. (Courtesy of Google)

Google's video streaming service YouTube doesn't provide a function that allows users to limit the speed at which content is uploaded to its servers. If you find uploading videos to the site on one computer in your home is slowing down the internet connection on other devices on your network, you can use a number of software and hardware solutions to limit the amount of bandwidth your uploads are using.

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  1. 1

    Download an internet traffic control application such as NetBalancer, NetLimiter or Bandwidth Controller. Although these programs work in different ways, they all allow you to control internet traffic by either device or application. Some bandwidth controllers come as freeware, while others can be downloaded and tested over a trial period.

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    Buy a router that lets you set Quality of Service (QoS) parameters for the devices connected to your network. Check your router's user guide to find out how to access its settings and specify bandwidth limitations. You may need each device's media access control (MAC) address to set controls. You can pick up routers with QoS capabilities from electrical retailers. If you got a free router from your internet service provider, ask for an upgrade to a model with traffic bandwidth control.

  3. 3

    Soup up your existing router with new firmware if it doesn't currently support QoS controls and you don't want to splash out on a new one. Check out solutions from and (links in Resources.) You'll need to make sure your router will work with this software before attempting to download and install. You can find compatibility information on each company's website.

Tips and warnings

  • Some internet service providers throttle connection speeds during busy periods. If you find that YouTube uploads are affecting your broadband only at certain times of the day, try uploading during off-peak periods.

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