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.
+1 for this. Current the upload sync is bringing my network to it's knees pushing stuff up.
as well as CPU %
ok its good
Recomendations to us 3rd party tools are not a solution, they are partial Band-Aids. They are not available to mobile devices and too complex for common users.( I would challenge you to walk your grandmother through configuring a 3rd party network utilization tool. No offense to your grandmother)
These 3rd party tools are not a solution, they are partial Band-Aids. They are not available to mobile devices and too complex for common users.(is I would challenge you to walk your grandmother through configuring a 3rd party network utilization tool. No offense to your grandmother)
Charles Roper commented
If you're on Windows and suffering from OneDrive saturating your connection, a stopgap fix is to use Netbalancer: https://seriousbit.com/netbalancer/. It's free for limited use. Works great for me, but really, bandwidth limiting should be built into OneDrive itself - a heavy 3rd party app shouldn't be necessary.
My internet becomes completely unusable when OneDrive is uploading. If a 'throttling' feature is to be added, limit OneDrive to x% (user selectable) of the available bandwidth, but only when there is other activity. So, maximum upload speed most of the time, but immediately throttled back when other activity is taking place.
I have changed to Google Drive because of this problem, but would love to come back to OneDrive once this issue is fixed.
I have one windows 7 machine that has a complete onedrive synch (150GB). when saving family photos on onedrive on this machine the pings to google.com increase from 7ms to 2000ms on other machines in the internal network. Internet becomes unusable. I have limited the bandwidth using the router on the win 7 machine to 50% of a 1mbit/s upload and 15mbit/s download connection and pings are now 14ms to 30ms and internet is usable. However not the connection speed is limited on the windows 7 machine. I have tried using the group policy editor to limit upload bandwidth for onedrive.exe but this did not seem to work. Microsoft should implement bandwidth throttling on the onedrive settings for us users with a slow upload connection or ensure onedrive cannot 'flood' the connection!
I agree. I am on ADSL2+ (as is most of Australia), and uploading anything kills the throughput for the connection. I had to upload 8GB of data, and it took a few days - a few days where I couldn't use my connection. Even just being able to pause syncing would be preferable to having to quit, but speed limiting would be the best option for asymmetrical internet connections like ADSL.
This is for PC but this post seems to have the most votes. I have an ADSL connection. 10 Mb/s down, 0.8 Mb/s up. When onedrive is uploading, my internet almost completely dies. Opening a basic webpage can take almost a minute vs a few seconds. If I close down the onedrive application, website and internet browsing is back to a fast speed. My download speeds on steam sit around 200 KB/s if onedrive is uploading. If I close Onedrive, it goes back to 1.2 MB/s. The ability to limit upload speeds is crucial! Otherwise I have to close this app all the time.
I have an ADSL connection. 10 Mb/s down, 0.8 Mb/s up. When onedrive is uploading, my internet almost completely dies. Opening a basic webpage can take almost a minute vs a few seconds. If I close down the onedrive application, website and internet browsing is back to a fast speed. My download speeds on steam sit around 200 KB/s if onedrive is uploading. If I close Onedrive, it goes back to 1.2 MB/s. The ability to limit upload speeds is crucial! Otherwise I have to close this app all the time.
Google Drive allowed control over upload/download rates, but randomly created duplicate files (I was uploading from one PC only) so after two attempts to use it I gave up. Hopefully OneDrive is less flawed, but was amazed to find this forum after looking everywhere for the option to limit bandwidth. Hope it is added soon, or it may be third time lucky with Dropbox!
Why do you want to know that? commented
Wow, I thought I must be stupid for not finding an option to limit upload speed in the settings..can't believe that it is not possible
This is so basic/fundamental feature that i cant understand how is not implemented yet, Google Drive, Dropbox and Copy.com appas has it.
I cant use OneDrive without this option...
In the real world the majority of personal / home Internet connections have limited upload speeds. (In my case it is less than 1Mbps)
If I am trying to upload (or download) a larger file up to OneDrive it degrades my entire Internet connection until the upload is complete.
This is simply due to the fact that the OneDrive server is able to in turn download (or upload) at a much faster rate than my Internet connection. Thus my entire Internet connection is saturated with OneDrive traffic.
I would suggest that this issue also duplicates with other personal / home Internet connections that have much more than 1Mbps upload speeds.
This problem makes most all Cloud storage solutions I have tested unusable in real world applications at home.
This is not a problem only with OneDrive. It also is a problem with Dropbox, OneDrive and GoogleDrive etc.
I should be able to seamlessly take photos using my phone, ipad, etc and have them upload to the cloud inconspicuously in the background without consuming all of my bandwidth
Allowing me to continue using my remaining Internet bandwidth for other useful purposes.
Expecting end users to use tools like netlimiter is not a solution for all platforms.
Allow a user defined rate limit.
All OneDrive clients (PC, Android, IOS, MAC) could benefit from a very user-friendly option to limit upload and download speeds to a defined rate.
This would prevent the OneDrive client from saturating a personal / home Internet connections bandwidth.
Allow a user defined rate limit schedule.
Example: Allows me to upload at max speed during the evenings but then limit the speed during the times when the family is usually using the Internet)
Please, Please, Please consider this feature.
Mike Wills commented
Remember... This is the Mac forum. Based on their last blog post I would assume that it is coming to all platforms.
Dropbox has this feature already. They are the benchmark in my view.
GoogleDrive has just announced they will support this feature.
I find it very strange that Microsoft plans to introduce support for this useful feature on MAC only? how bizzare.
Jorge M commented
Please, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, etc... please assign a speed limit to all clients, for both options (upload and download)
Mike Wills commented
I hope it is brought into all of the sync applications!
Francesco Montanari commented
We have 5 Windows Phones at home, and when someone comes home and made some photos or videos, it saturates the upload bandwith and the whole LAN become unusable...