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