Is it possible to cap network traffic on a Windows 7 system so that it will not exceed a given throughput value? The BitTorrent client uTorrent is able to do this, but I am guessing that it's doing it by monitoring the throughput itself. What I would like to be able to do is set an upper limit for the system at the OS level so that overall network traffic can be limited. I am more interested in restricting downloads, but a solution for overall traffic will be just as useful.
No, not possible with stadnard settings. There is QOS that could possibly be used, but this is an API to my knowledge, not a setting.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc959580.aspx (Generic QoS API)
Is this system connected to a managed switch? If that's the case, you could apply a cap directly through the switch.
If not, you could try these programs:
Here's a free version of BandwidthLimiter. Apparently it works on Windows 7 as well. http://bandwidthcontroller.com/trafficShaperXp.html