OK, like all college IT departments, we've been battling P2P abuse and trying to figure out how to effectively mitigate it's impact on our network infrastructure....
And then we find out TODAY that we're leasing space in two of OUR dormitories to students from a university located across the street. ( 100 students total, 50 in each building in question. )
Our budget: Free. (We've got a few Pentium 3 and 4 desktops around for use. )
We're only obligated to provide HTTP traffic support to the dorm room RJ-45 jack. No VOIP considerations, nothing. Each building's on a distinct VLAN.
Is it feasible, in theory, to use something like pfSense running on a PIII or Pentium IV-class box with 2 NICs to restrict HTTP traffic/packet shaping/etc? This is not a permanent thing-- they're only leasing dorms for one semester-- but never having done this before, I'm looking for any guidance the community here can offer.
( I'm thinking one box per building that's being leased... )
EDIT: Outside connection to internet at large: 12mbits. All dorms are on a subset of IPs that are in a separate 'lane' that can't exceed 30% of total.