Well, I'm not sure how ethical this is, but I already posted this question to superuser and a poster suggested I move it over here. Very sorry if I'm breaking anybody's heart.
Anyway, here's the question:
I work in an education office in a third world country. We pay for internet by the megabyte (no other choice) and have lately been using an incredible amount of bandwidth. This is because the office staff have found out about p2p sharing. As far as I know, Limewire is the only program they're using, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they discover the more general world of bittorrent.
Using only a linksys router (that I could flash), is there any way for me prevent the office from destroying our bandwidth cap by downloading personal items (against policy).
Even semi-fixes would be better than nothing.
A few notes that became relevant after getting some answers on superuser:
1) I don't have access to everyone's computer.
2) Welcome to bureaucracy! Nobody can be fired. Realistic threats can't be made. This goes much deeper than stopping p2p, but hey. What can you do? Also, nobody has internet at home (expensive!) so they're fairly bloodthirsty.
3) Any solution has to be more-or-less automated. In about 8 months, I will leave and the office will still want to stop downloads.
4) One solution that seemed really appealing (on the suggestion of user skuzzy-delta) was using Tomato firmware to severly de-prioritize downloads. Unfortunately, my linksys wrt54g is too new for the firmware... but could pfsense or ddwrt do something similar? Would this be a good tactic?
For what it's worth, here's the link to my question on superuser: http://superuser.com/questions/66027/block-p2p-downloading-in-my-office
1) Can't buy anything. That means I cannot set up a dedicated server.
2) My linksys is wrt54g cdfe.... v7... can't run ddwrt :-(