Client throttling is the intentional limiting of an internet service to regulate network traffic and provide fair throughput share to each client.
You can set up client throttling on your SSIDs in the Plasma Cloud console by navigating to Settings > SSIDs > SSID name. Once the option has been enabled, you can freely limit the upload and download throughput of your clients. This is done either by typing the desired throughput in the text box or by using the slider underneath.
Each throughput value is a maximum allowed for each client connected to this specific SSID. It doesn't mean that the full throughput will actually be reached.
The throughput observed by a WiFi client depends on multiple factors, including:
- Internet uplink throughput;
- Number of concurrent WiFi clients;
- Client throttling configuration; and
- Mesh throughput (if applicable).
Following, a few use cases to better explain this:
- Client throttling is set to 1 Mbps with an internet uplink throughput of 100 Mbps. Each client throughput will be limited to 1 Mbps. Up to 100 concurrent clients can consume 1 Mbit throughput until the uplink throughput is maxed out.
- Client throttling is set to 100 Mbps, but the internet connection only provides a throughput of 10 Mbps. Thus the actual maximum throughput will be 10 Mbps throughout the network.
- Client throttling is set to 10 Mbps with an internet uplink throughput of 10 Mbps. As long as only a single client is connected that client can reach a maximum throughput of 10 Mbps. If there is more than one client connected to the same network, the throughput will be divided by the number of clients. E.g. 2 connected clients are limited to 5 Mbps each, 3 clients get 3.3 Mbps, etc.