[Feature Request] Application Speed Limiting/Bandwith Management

I apologise if this doesn’t belong in uncategorised, i didnt feel like it fit in “help” or general.

Glasswire is a great network monitor and usage tracker, however it appears to be lacking the ability to limit the bandwidth consumed by specific applications.

Looking at the usage tab + graph the software already tells me what applications are in use and how much their down and upstream useage is.
However the only real management option i have is to “block” them. I’d like to request speed limiting/some form of bandwith management be incorporated into the network monitor, preferably on an application by application basis.

Basically i’d like to be able to select an application on the “firewall” right click it and then select a “limit/throttle” option and then select in B/KB/MB what the maximum download and upload should be for this application.
Other examples of software that do this are NetBalancer, Netlimiter and *nix’s trickle application.

It already has:
-Network Monitoring
-Usage History
-Program Change/System Alerts
-Hardware Monitoring (mic/camera)
-Pretty visual display

I believe “bandwidth management” slots in perfectly with the other features this product provides.

Have a nice day.

/e: Sorry, appears to be a duplicate of this:forum glasswire com/t/wishlist-per-app-bandwidth-limiting/208/10


There aren’t many apps that do this because it’s technically difficult but we’re investigating how it’s done. Thank you for your feedback.

This is more typically a router function under QoS. Otherwise, I have only seen bandwidth control actually done by the application. Dropbox and Google Drive provide bandwidth management.

Google Drive originally did not provide bandwidth management. It was a customer request by more than 8000 customers before it was finally implemented after more than two years. Google lost numerous customers including enterprise level before they finally provided the service. (See Google forums under Google Drive for verification.)

There are commercial programs that claim to provide bandwidth management. I looked at one or two and decided the cost for function was not worthwhile. I wanted it specifically to control Google Drive – instead I had to disable Drive on all PCs because lack of bandwidth control resulted in Drive basically hogging (shutting down) the internet to all other applications. At the time I chose to use Dropbox instead as I had a 2-year free contract. Since then Drive has implemented bandwidth management (very limited options – either wide open or limited at the discretion of Drive) and I have made the switch back.

So good luck with this one. Though a wonderful facility to have, I’m not sure it does fall within the province of Glasswire to provide. And frankly, if it is done, I would make it a fee-based option. If provided control as requested, I would pay a reasonable fee.



Thank you for the response and feedback, i wasnt expecting any reply from a moderator let alone something positive, this is just even more reason to use your product, thank you and have a nice day.

More info about the shortcomings of router/hardware QOS for the home user:
Most users (home not business) of this software would likely not have a seperate router and modem setup, and likely use a bad enduser 4+ port wireless modem provided by their ISP. Most of these routers provide un-configureable on/off QOS which is terrible for anything other than HTTP/S traffic and thus solves nothing. (Default QOS delays packets at a certain bandwidth threshold, this causes ping spikes while gaming as 10/10 games use UDP network packets /w interp/clientside prediction for any dropped packets so packet delay means ping goes from say 12 to 200 for a few seconds every time the modem applies QOS).

To properly do this without software using hardware the person either must have bought another modem/router that natively supports MAC address or IP traffic shaping or is compatable with router custom firmware such as dd-wrt that adds this functionality. They’d be spending at least $80 AUD ($50~ USD) for a modem that supports dd-wrt and then they’d have to actually have the networking knowledge to first install the cfw, and then secondly configure it correctly.

If this feature is implemented i’d suggest a global PC speed limit for the free or basic license version (useful with multiple PCs to prevent one PC ruining the internet for another, basically the software version of MAC/IP throttling) and make the application by application basis only for the paid version of glasswire (this functionality is far more flexible and superior to hardware level management such as MAC or IP limiting).

Quick example of a scenario where a global speed limit on a computer would be useful, a friend has kindly provided me a speedtest result.
www speedtest net/result/4801383668.png

6mbits down is 800kb/s, he has slightly more than this.
If he could limit bandwidth on a computer by computer basis he could have 3 pc’s watching 480px youtube at the same time without lag/buffering issues as youtube only needs approx 200-250kb/s to stream youtube in 480px with a 1 second buffer. And he’d still have enough bandwith left over for a 4th computer to play MMOs or FPS games which use less than 100kb/s down (all of them) without any major ping spikes, or watch youtube in 240px or browse the net without timeouts or lag (pictures/gifs slow to load but reddit would be fine)

Simply if i have 2 pc’s and 8mbits of bandwidth i can limit both pc’s to 3.9mbits to ensure they both can use the internet without disrupting the other, this functionality (in a workplace) is typically handled by programmable/good routers so an idea would be to include it in the free version as a hook-in for the paid version (and so it can serve its purpose of been installed on multiple pcs at the same time) or in the basic license so its cheaper&easier than learning how to configure a router for the home user. The obvious downside is that you cannot multitask it or play with its flexibility.

Application by application limiting gives the user more control over what goes on and its less of a stonewall than giving each pc a set bandwith limit (what router limiting does and what the free/basic version would allow), this method is far more flexible.

For example (still using the 800kb/s download rate as a base)
If i limit just my browser to 340kb/s i can watch 720px youtube or SD netflix and at the same time play a game such as csgo which uses 40-80kb/s without any ping spikes or lag ingame, i could also go on teamspeak or a similar VOIP application which typically use (depending on codec) 7-12kb/s down per person speaking in the same channel/chat as you.

Without application by application limiting this would be impossible, i’d have high ping in csgo from the router QOS’ing the UDP packets to ensure the HTTP packets (video stream) aren’t dropped, teamspeaks audio quality would be terrible (also udp) because youtube would be attempting to buffer 10-30seconds ahead and i dont have the download available for it to get that far ahead in a respectable amount of time, netflix on the other hand would just attempt to buffer the entire video all at once and kill the internet until it finishes.

Furthermore i could combine this functionality with the global PC speed limiting to further split bandwidth up, say i have 8mb/s down and 4 users, each user gets 1.95mb/s assigned to them and then they can manage that themselves. Considering your network monitor can detect how many users are currently connected to the internet you could then automate the global speed limiting (if enabled by the user ofc) to automatically restrict the users speed depending on how many people glasswire detects as connected to the intranet. If its just me i get 8mb/s down, if my wife hops on glasswire limits us both to 4mb/s, if my daughter hops on its now 2.65mb/s each and so on.

Honestly just been able to set a 150kb/s limit on windows updates would be worth it for alot of people with bad connections, patch tuesday rolls around internet is out of action until the updates finish downloading…

And this honestly is just looking at the download side of things, i’d mention upload limiting and how great it is to prevent browsing timeouts and the like but most applications that involve uploading (dropbox, googledrive, filezilla etc) already include this form of self-management, the only example i can think of is when i was working on a dedicated server via remote access and drag’n’drop’d a zip’d update bundle to save some vps bandwidth which killed my personal upload speed for over an hour.

tl;dr Alot of people with this issue with little computer knowledge would greatly prefer to purchase an easy to use software application that does the same thing (and more!!) as hardware management as they likely do not have the technical skill to configure the router. This of course assumes they can identify local congestion as the problem in the first place :stuck_out_tongue:

/e I edited this from like 3 paragraphs to a massive wall of text, sorry lol

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I never realized that this feature was so useful. If we decide to build our own Firewall driver we’ll investigate how we can build it so we can integrate a feature like this. Perhaps we’d only make it available to paying users though. :wink:

Thanks again!


Implementation wise it honestly would work better with multiple computers running glasswire so i agree that it makes more sense to have it as a paid feature :smile:

Have a good day, glad i could suggest something complicated and not get shot out of the water :blush: