You can use the built-in tools in Windows 11 to monitor and set data usage limits. However, its functions are quite limited, as you cannot set upload and download speed limits for individual apps.
Although you can configure Windows QoS (Quality of Service) to control throttle speed, it is a bit complicated. Instead, you can use third-party bandwidth management applications for this task. Here, we show you the two best apps to limit upload and download speeds for individual apps and services in Windows 11.
How to set upload and download limits using NetLimiter in Windows 11
NetLimiter is a popular internet traffic control program available for standard and Server editions of the Windows Operating System. You can use it to monitor inbound and outbound Internet traffic, block connections, and set quotas.
You can use NetLimiter to set upload and download speed limits for all the apps and services that slow down your home Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, it is only available in the premium version. However, you can use a 28-day free trial to test the app before making a purchase.
To set upload and download limits using NetLimiter:
- Go to the NetLimiter page and download the installer.
- Once downloaded, run the installer. It will automatically activate a 28-day free trial, allowing unlimited access to all features.
- To set a limit, launch the app for which you want to set the upload/download limit. We will use Google Chrome as an example for this tutorial.
- Next, launch NetLimiter.
- Open Application List navigation.
- Scroll down and select Chrome browser from the application list.
- In the right pane you can see the rules and application information section.
- inside Rule click Not set option for Limit. This In and Outside represents incoming (Inbound) and Outbound (Outbound) Internet traffic.
- Next, enter the speed limit. For example, if you want to set a limit of 100 KBps, enter 100 and select KBps from the bitrate unit drop-down menu.
- Click ALRIGHT to save the changes.
- If you want to set a limit for upload speed, click Not set Under Outside and make the changes.
- Once done, check Turn on limit in the upper part of the app to enable rate limiting for inbound or outbound traffic.
- When you want to disable the limit, uncheck Turn on limit Selection.
To remove the restriction for each app, do the following:
- inside Application List select tab application.
- In the right pane, uncheck Limit option for In / Out Selection.
- If you want to remove the limit, click In / Out option for Limit and choose Delete.
NetLimiter is a great Internet traffic management utility and makes it easy to limit upload and download speeds for individual applications. However, it is a premium add-on and will set you back $24.95 for a single-user license.
Download: NetLimiter (Pro $24.95)
How to set Internet Upload and Download limit in Windows using TMeter
If you are looking for a free alternative to NetLimiter, try TMeter. It is a powerful Internet traffic monitoring application available in both free and paid versions.
The free version is limited by features and offers up to 4 free filters that you can set up to limit upload and download speeds for many apps.
Here is how to set Internet speed limit for each application in Windows 11 using TMeter.
- Go to the TMeter page and download the latest version of the installer.
- Once installed, launch TMeter Admin Dashboard. You can also launch it from the system tray area.
- Next, you need to set up Network interface (Ethernet/Wi-Fi network adapter). So click Network interface in the left pane.
- Under Network interface available, select your network device. For example, if you want to set speed limits for applications that use an Ethernet connection, select Ethernet device. In this case, we will choose Realtek Gaming GbE Ethernet Home Controller.
- In the dialog that pops up, select Public network optional if you are connected to Internet or Public Wi-Fi Network. If you are connected to an intranet, select Private.
- Click ALRIGHT to save the changes.
- Next, click Apply for to save the changes.
- After successfully configuring the network adapter type, you can create a new process definition to define the applications for which you want to set rate limits.
- To do this, click Process Definition in the left pane. Extend Configuration if the option is not visible.
- Next, click Add.
- inside Process definition field, enter a description of the process. For example, type Chrome speed limit.
- Next, click Three dots (browse button) for Image files and select the application executable (.exe) to set the rate limit. For example, to select Chrome, the file path would look like this:
- Next, click ALRIGHT to save the changes.
- Next, in the left pane, select Filter.
- In the right pane, click Add and choose Filter.
- In the pop-up dialog, click Add rules.
- inside Rules Editor window, type a Description of the rule. Type example Chrome Rule Description.
- Click the drop-down menu below The source and choose Local process.
- Click the drop-down menu for Process definition and select the process definition you created earlier.
- Leave other options as default and click ALRIGHT.
- inside Filter Editor dialog box, check Enable rate limiter (Traffic Shaper) Selection.
- Then enter the speed limit you want to set KBps.
- Enter your name Filter name field and click ALRIGHT. You can also color code the filters if you want.
- Click Apply for to save the changes.
- To apply the new rules, click Take a shot in the toolbar (top left corner).
- If you want to remove the limit, click Stop shooting to prevent TMeter from enforcing any limits.
- Repeat the steps to further configure filter and process definitions.
Since there is a limitation in the free version and you can only create 4 filters, you can delete the existing filters to make room for new ones.
To delete a filter, right-click an existing filter and select Eraser.
Download: TMeter (Free, Premium)
Control application speed and Internet usage in Windows 11
TMeter and NetLimiter work similarly and offer a similar set of features. However, if you can afford a premium rate-limiting utility, then NetLimiter is a great choice. While TMeter is feature-rich and offers a lot of customization and monitoring options, it has an old user interface and involves a learning curve.
That said, if you don’t want to manage rate limits for individual apps but set a data usage limit, you can use the built-in limit to monitor data usage and maintain its limitations in Windows 11.
How to monitor and set data usage limits in Windows 11
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