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OSX: Dropbox and Bandwidth Management

I noticed that the latest version of Dropbox has added an Upload Rate feature in the preferences. In a house that has limited Internet and four people sharing a limited amount of bandwidth I need to control how much bandwidth I use. I often need to upload large files for podcast editing and it can take hours.

I noticed this Preference Setting when I downloaded the latest Dropbox version

Dropbox upload speed

Not sure how the algorithm works but it sure makes a difference. In this screenshot the upload is proceeding at 4 kilobytes per second or 32kilobits. Since this is a 256 kilobit upload and there are three other people sharing the Internet that’s pretty good going. I can use the Internet connection and not have to worry about $daughter2 complaining about poor access to some website.

Dropbox bandwidth 2

Remember, the Dropbox app for Mac OSX doesn’t update automatically. You will need to download it yourself at Dropbox

Please use my referral link if you haven’t signed up for Dropbox already - I could use a little more space.