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Is it possible to limit the download bandwidth used by Steam?

For my housemate's sake, I'd like to throttle Steam's download speed (when downloading games). How can I do that?

Also because I have a fast internet connection but a slow (relative to most gamers) computer, when Steam is downloading at 3 MB/s , my computer is unresponsive and unusable.

marked as duplicate by BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft, Frank, user9983, kotekzot, Niro Nov 4 '12 at 18:28

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I would recommend using a third party program to forcibly limit Steam's downloading speed. I've been using a program called NetLimiter for a while now, which allows for program-specific download/upload speed caps. It's useful for a variety of other applications as well.

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    NetLimiter might work - but is overkill considering Steam has the feature built-in. See the duplicate question for the full answer. – zaTricky Aug 9 '17 at 14:01
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    @zaTrickyat the time that this question was asked and answered, Steam didn't have it built in. Of course, now that it exists, it's easy :P – Schism Aug 10 '17 at 5:57
  • Erm ... Fair point! xD – zaTricky Aug 10 '17 at 12:45

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