Option to limit sync speed
I have a slower internet connection. If I don't rate limit my uploads, I can barely use my internet connection until it is fully uploaded. Dropbox gives an option to limit how fast I can upload and download files. I would love OneDrive to include this feature as well.
[Update by Angus Logan: merged PC and Mac suggestion on same topic]
Thanks for the feedback. We recently completed our roll out of this feature for both personal and business users.
HOORAY it is on my OneDrive in Win7 now
Included in OneDrive personal but not in Business Edition ?! Why?
Obviously this is coming soon. I just hope that bandwidth throttling is on a system-wide scale and not per user account. Reason: You can have let's say 2 users running, one of them in the background, both syncing with OneDrive. If 1Mb/s is your desired limit and you set both users to 0.5Mb/s each, then you waste half your bandwidth as you might not know that the one in the backgound already ended. Or the other way around, you set user1 to 1Mb/s and so does user2 then you end up where you are right now in that there is no upload bandwidth left to even send your requests into the Internet. So, please: SET ONEDRIVE BANDWIDTH THROTTLING FOR THE ENTIRE SYSTEM! Thanks.
Ignore the last post. I figured out the problem. Cable companies rate their upload speeds in Mb/second (Bits). The new OneDrive settings are in KB/second (Bytes). Thus, I had to set the Onedrive Upload setting to 125KB/sec to limit upload traffic to about 1 MB/s. This leaves plenty of bandwidth for Web Browsing while OneDrive is uploading files.
Also of interest, I found that network latency jumps to 750 ms (i.e 3/4 of a second) or higher if the upload traffic on my Broadband Cable network increases to 2MB/s. This high latency also factors in to killing any web browsing when the uplink is saturated with traffic.
Thus, It looks like the new settings in MS OneDrive fixes the problem if you do the proper math for Bit to Byte and Kbit to Mbi conversiont. FYI - to get to the OneDrive settings, click on the up "Caret" in the left hand corner of the task bar, then right hand click on the Cloud Icon. Choose Settings / Network to adjust upload and download speeds as needed.
OneDrive on Win 10 now includes network settings for throttling upload and download speeds. My testing leads me to believe the upload setting doesn't have any effect. I still saturate my 2 Mb/s upload speed when OneDrive is uploading files even when I set the limit to 512KB /s. This brings web browsing to a crawl.
Mike Wills commented
It appears like both the Windows client and OS X client have this feature now.... FINALLY.
It is time ... I'm going to leave onedrive and pay other services due to this stupid thing!
[Deleted User] commented
HELLO!.... HELLO!... anybody at home??? Think Microsoft, think...
[Deleted User] commented
STILL this is not resolved? This is a major PITA!!! Stop working on anything else and fix this as #1 priority. File syncing app with no b/w limiting, complete joke and you know it.
Antoine Decaux commented
Read the excellent article on Groovy Post to limit the bandwidth used by OneDrive: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/manually-set-onedrive-upload-and-download-speeds/
Richard Barber commented
OneDrive doesn't just slow my home broadband it kills it completely. Had engineers out, checked line, no fault, until I switch on PC when line slows to almost a stop - can't even load a webpage without timing out. Engineer baffled.. eventually realised OneDrive was trying to upload and killing the connection. No connection issues for several days until I realised OneDrive wasn't running; started it up, within minutes line lost connection completely. Rebooted PC, OneDrive not running, connection recovered.
I love onedrive, but when traveling I don't always have the best internet. If I have to upload multiple documents or pictures, onedrive always crashes my internet connection. It just sucks up all the bandwidth and there is no way to limit upload speed like there is with Dropbox.
Jacques Dubois commented
This is completely unacceptable for a company that thinks they can be taken seriously in an enterprise environment to not offer any built-in basic features such as bandwidth throttling to limit the amount of concurrent connections being made and the total amount of bandwidth being used, which is extremely critical for anyone with a limited internet connection because of mostly environmental due to being far from a high population center and/or xDSL being inherently limited in upload speeds/lack of competition in the ISP business market/ISP complacency/low to inexistent motivation for them to improve their old infrastructure except if you are extremely wealthy/etc.
It's often NOT the user's fault that their internet connection is limited and recommending to increase upload bandwidth is pure condescending/patronising and problem avoidance.
All other actually serious cloud storage competitors have built-in throttling and scheduling options in their offerings, to not offer these is foolish overconfidence in your ability of properly automatically detecting/assessing the actual internet connection’s capacity/capabilities (as IF these actually exist, they are evidently NOT working as designed.) to complete crass incompetence/ignorance of what’s actually involved in providing an actually robust, flexible and transparent/problem free cloud storage solution.
Scott Prebble commented
I too am having serious internet problems while using OneDrive. I am ready to ditch my subscription and head to Google Drive. At least I can upload my files without knocking out my internet service.
OneDrive has been out of regular use because of this. It's either have OneDrive making my internet connection unusable or shut-it-off so I can use everything else - so I chose everything else. Now trialing other cloud solutions that do allow you to throttle upload speed. It's not that I didn't like OneDrive it's just that it's now dead-weight that I'm paying for.
Antonis Nikolaidis commented
What is going with this issue? Even thought I only Upload files, my Download speed drops enormously while uploading.
When will be a solution available? It's urgent!
Why would Microsoft roll out a major product without configurations setting??
Not even the MOST Basic, bandwidth limitation or sync scheduling.
What is the point of Office 265, if users can't use Skype for Business, One Drive for Business taking doe the Internet (100Mb) and sync issues on both Outlook on Mac and One Drive for Business? My users are having so much problems, they are moving back to Apple Mail, GoToMeeting and Drop Box.
You are making ALL the IT Technologist whom have recommended Office365 look extremely bad.
Well, well, I am NOT the only one having this problem. OneDrive had been emailing me with way out "things to do" to diagnose the problem because they had no idea what it could be ...well, except my internet service. What a bunch of blankety, blanks!
I paid for 12 months x 1TB of Once Drive storage, and now I regret it. OneDrive takes ALL available upload bandwidth and kills my internet connection. Going back to google.
The purpose (I thought) of OneDrive is to keep files in sync, but if is has to be turned OFF just to keep being able to work on a network there is no keepoing anything in syc reliably....ergo there's point having it.
This is truly beta stuff from Microsoft. Microsoft forget that there are many other countries out there without high bandwidth. OneDrive is a low quality production brought to us by a country that thinks playing a "world" series involving only playing within America.