Getting Started

The SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager software consists of two components: a Bandwidth Control Service that processes network traffic and enforces bandwidth restrictions, and a Management Console used for configuration and monitoring. When you launch the Management Console it asks you to enter the name of the host where the Bandwidth Control Service is running and a password. By default, the host name is localhost and the password is blank. If you have installed the service on another computer, enter its IP address or name to access it.

SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager login window

If you are getting the error messages like Connection Refused or Connection Timeout, it was most likely blocked by a firewall. In this case, you need to set it up to let the Bandwidth Manager connection through (TCP port 8701).

After a successful login, you will see the main window with a list of traffic filtering rules (initially blank):

Traffic filtering rules window - intially the list is empty
The list of traffic filtering rules is initially empty

The toolbar buttons have the following functions:

Connect to a local or remote service icon Connects to a local or remote service
Refreshe the list of rules icon Refreshes the list of rules
Import rules from a file icon Imports all rules from a file. Use this to restore previously created rules or to configure multiple instances
Export rules to a file icon Exports all rules to a file. Use this to backup the existing rules or to configure multiple instances
Add a rule icon Adds a new rule
Edit a rule icon Edits an existing rule
Delete a rule icon Deletes an existing rule
Display rule usage information icon Displays rule’s usage information
Open global settings icon Opens the global settings
Open group manager icon Opens the group manager
Open quota manager icon Opens the quota manager
Open notification manager icon Opens the notification manager
Open schedule manager icon Opens the schedule manager
Open usage reports icon Opens the usage reports
Open event log icon Opens the event log
Open live usage monitor icon Opens the live usage monitor