Manager

Overview

The Bandwidth Controller Manager application is the main control center for the product. It allows you to add rules, view connections and configure the product.

The actual processing of network traffic is performed by the server, not the manager application. This means that the product will still function even when the manager is not running. The manager can be run from any computer and uses TCP to communicate to the remote server (the default server port is 24824).

Manager Window

Below is an image of the Bandwidth Controller Manger window:



The menu and toolbar are at the top of the window. They can be moved around by dragging them with the left mouse button. You can remove text labels from the toolbar by right clicking it.

Next are the 4 tabs which let you choose between the different views. Overview displays both rules and current traffic on a single screen. Rules displays just the rules, similarly Traffic displays the current connections.

Server Log contains any errors encountered by the server along with operational information. The threshold level for logging can be set by right clicking the log.

The upper list contains all rules that reside on the server.

Rules are instructions for the bandwidth management system. They allow you to specifiy exactly which types of network traffic are to be limited and which are not. For example, a common rule is to give all VoIP (Voice over IP) traffic high priority, so that speech is not interrupted due to sudden network congestion.

The lower list displays current network usage. Each item in the list is one side of a connection (either upload or download). Connections can be viewed in detail by double clicking them. You can also create a rule from a connection by right clicking one. The new rule will be automatically filled in with the information from the connection, including protocol, direction and endpoints.

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