How to limit Internet speed of Computers on a network?

There are times when you wish you could limit the internet bandwidth of a person on your network. Do you share internet with someone who always keeps his torrent client on, always streams videos online or just clogs up internet speed at exactly the moment when you are in need of it? If so, then this method might be useful to you.

SelfishNet is a software that helps you limit internet speed of computers on a network. It makes use of ARP Spoofing/poisoning in order to achieve this.

  • Disable your firewall. (Antivirus program may also block this.)
  • Now, execute the program : SelfishNetv0.2-beta.exe. Windows 7 users will need to run it as administrator (Right Click on it > Run as administrator).
  • While executing, if you receive a message box that says “problem registering the driver” or “problem installing the drivers”, then you need to install WinPcap (Alternate download link). It is required in order to capture packets travelling over a network. Once you have installed WinPcap and restarted your computer, reopen SelfishNetv0.2-beta.exe.

NIC Selection

  • Select your network adapter from the drop down list. I was connected to a wireless network via a USB adapter, so that’s what I selected from the list.
  • Click on the Network Discovery button at the top and all the computers/systems on the network will be listed there.

Start ARP Spoofing

  • You can either limit the download/upload speed or completely block the internet of a particular system. To limit download/upload speed, just set the limit under “Download/Upload Cap” and click on the flash button. If you want to block the internet completely, put a tick mark on the block check-box and click on the flash button.
  • To enable internet or remove download/upload limit, press the X button and close the program. Simply pressing the X button does not seem to work most of the time. So, close the program as well.

As mentioned before, I had used the software to block internet as well as limit internet speed of different systems on my Wireless Internet network and it had worked like a charm. There’s no guarantee that it will work on every computer, however.

SelfishNet is a free program developed by Clement Chazarra. 

How Does It Work?

A computer is able to determine the correct network device via something known as MAC address. Each networked device on a computer network, whether a printer, computer, router etc have their own unique MAC address.

Normal Traffic Pattern

On a normal network, each computer sends/receives internet data via a switch which is itself connected to a router. In this case, the computer takes note of the MAC address of the router so that it can locate the router and ensure that the data is received or sent from the correct place.

ARP Spoofed Network

What this program does is it spoofs the MAC address of your router. The system connects to router through the MAC address of router. But, if the MAC address of the router is copied by your computer, all the computers on the network will look for internet data in your computer, and will not be able to use internet. You, on the otherhand will be able to browse the internet in maximum speed.

Note that this is also one of the techniques used by hackers. When a MAC address is spoofed, other computers will send their data via your computer. Hence, you will be able to view the passwords or other data being sent. This is termed as Network sniffing. However, in this case, you are just spoofing the MAC address of your router in order to block others from using internet, which is not ‘sniffing’. Here, you will not be able to view their data .

39 Responses

  1. dinesh May 30, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    I hope my neighbor doesn’t read this :D

    • Ashish May 30, 2013 / 2:32 pm


    • nolli December 5, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      XDDD hahah

  2. sandip May 31, 2013 / 3:11 am

    Its great. It worked. Thank you.

  3. suraj January 24, 2014 / 4:41 am

    its great and awosam can u teach me how to shut down pc of lan by other computer connected to the same lan.

  4. mostafa February 23, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    first of all thanks a lot but the application says to me “the application failed to initialize properly (0xc000007b).click ok to terminate the application.”this is the message which appears when i open the application please help me

  5. demon stone March 28, 2014 / 12:12 am

    man rely rely thank you i setup win8 and i couldn’t run the software i have been taring to do for 3 day i was about to remove windows 8 thank you very mush

  6. EGY May 12, 2014 / 11:00 pm

    Setup >> WinPcap_4_1_3 and it will work on win 8 :)

    • amr moussa September 7, 2014 / 2:28 am

      it dosent work with me can you help me please

  7. Deya June 11, 2014 / 6:50 am

    where I download new version???

  8. ameen alsurebi September 11, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    MY DEAR ADMIN :- is possible to solve my problem (THANK)
    when i try to run SelfishNet program . it show for me 2 MESSEGES
    FIRST MESSEGE :- problem starting the driver
    and after I press OK showing second message
    SECOND MESSAGE :- problem installing the drivers do you have administrator privileges

    • Mehdi July 20, 2016 / 12:23 am

      You need to run it as administaritor

  9. SD January 29, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Hi I used “selfish-net” for a while now and it was working just fine , but when i connected my laptop on “Asus ” router it didn’t work any more !! it just when I Click on the Network Discovery button there is non of the computers on the network shown there except mine !! and when I press ” start redirecting-spoofing ” button it works as well Just on my computer !!!
    please Help Help if any one here know how to make other computers appear – as I mentioned before it worked perfectly on ” Tp-link” and ” cisco ” routers !!

    • ahmed February 18, 2016 / 12:23 am

      yup i have the same problem can some1 help here

  10. Jon November 11, 2015 / 6:41 am

    My big problem in the office is the abuse of torrenting using our network. They eat wide bandwidth. I QoS and URL filtered the router but it does not work. Now, using the Selfishnet, is the very effective tool without spending so much time controlling the pirates.

  11. Elnegm Elaber December 24, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    I want to cut through the surfer Almaekerotk but he showed how the devices are hidden, please ?? !!

  12. ahmed February 18, 2016 / 12:21 am

    i have problem with it
    when i start the program it cuts the service on all the connected devices to the router and i cant control it anymore i dont know why

  13. LiuBang April 5, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    It Doesn’t limit anything with me

  14. AMAZIGH July 16, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    it limits, but if you play online games or something takes high internet connection will redirect all trafic connection to ur pc and others connected mobiles/pc etc.. will receive
    “excuse my english’

  15. Octupused August 20, 2016 / 12:41 am

    So I have been using this program for a while now but it stopped working it currently just showes me that all devices have 0 download and upload speed and then it blocks all other devices but my pc I use it just to limit the connection not to block it so please help :)

  16. daddyjay November 17, 2016 / 2:32 am

    hello everyone, is there anybody here, why isn’t download kb/s is not working, only upload kb/s is working, why? please helo me for this selfishnet.. I have a lot of computer in my internet café shop. tnx

  17. Rushi Chaudhari January 13, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    how to do this on linux ??

  18. jr onilav January 21, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    hello creator :) i see you create this app in visual studio. can i ask how did you create this in visual? please i want this app to debug and i promise if i edit this app i give credit to you. thankyou :)

  19. Yahya Elhirchiy February 10, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Hi how can i run this app in windows 10

  20. Amit Chaudhary April 3, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Tip: f you’ve a rooted Android device, you can use Wifikill app to achieve this. It’s not on the Playstore but you can google for the apk.

  21. ahmed June 15, 2017 / 5:03 am

    i can’t open it
    it says problem registering the driver
    please help me
    and I wish you send me the reply

  22. Jack July 1, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I have a question though… When we set the desired upload and dl speed that we want.. does it need to maintain the app open or it will remain the settings eventhough we turnoff pur computers…


  23. Ashim July 12, 2017 / 12:49 am

    can’t run selfishnet:(ncap installed on device)
    I can’t install winpcap because winpcap installer states a newer version of winPcap(internal version is already installed on the machine.. and stuck with the same error of admin rights and problem with the driver

  24. ogy August 30, 2017 / 6:32 am

    This app is useless when it comes to limiting bandwidht.

  25. randomname January 19, 2018 / 6:57 am

    uh hi … i got a problem .. exe keeps getting deleted on its on and i keep having to keep extracting it from the main winrar file.. i allowed it in my windows defendor and it still keeps getting deleted i dont know the reason

  26. moh magdy February 7, 2018 / 6:22 am

    it was working properly for months but suddenly when i open it it limits my own speen to 30k/s i still can limit and block other people but my own speed is limited to 30kb/s wtf !!

  27. Ben April 11, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    when turned on and spoofing all connected devices lose internet access so unable to limit anything

  28. Hanjin June 17, 2018 / 9:11 am

    Its working! Thanks! Btw how to save those settings that i’ve done? Does everytime that i shut my pc it goes back to normal?

  29. Maqa July 12, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I have a 404 page not found problem. pleas help me :(

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