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So this household is very digital. I'm the biggest user as I regularly download multi-Gig OS *.iso's. What I would like is a means by which I can throttle these so as to be kind to my housemates. Also, this will keep them from unplugging the network gateway. ;-)

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Well your question is not clear as you didn't specify how you are downloading these files. As others mention in the comments:

  • Most torrent clients support bandwidth limiting.
  • Command line tools has too (wget, curl, youtube-dl...)

For web browsers it is nice to look for a download manager like jdownloader. Personally, I prefer DownThemAll plug for Firefox.

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