Montana State University


Montana State University
P.O. Box 172080
Bozeman, MT 59717-2080

Tel: (406) 994-1929
Fax: (406) 994-1918
Location: Room 1, North Hedges Hall


Making the following changes in the LimeWire/Frostwire options menu and shutting it down when you are away from your computer will help prevent wasting bandwidth.

  1. On Windows Go to the Tools menu and click 'Options...'. Note: On Mac OS X go to the 'Limewire' menu and select 'Preferences.

  2. On the Sharing menu of the Options dialog box, select Basic. Here you can specify which directories you want LimeWire/Frostwire to share.

    Only share files you hold the copyright to or that you have explicit permission from the copyright holder to share.

  3. Click the arrow next to the Uploads options menu and click on Slots.

    If you do share any files, we highly recommend you set Maximum Uploads to 0. This determines the maximum number of files you can send out at one time.

    Leaving max uploads set to the default can utilize very large amounts of bandwidth and can slow your and your neighbor's ability to perform other networking tasks.

    Under Upload Bandwidth, make sure it is set to a value no greater than 64 KB/s.

  4. Next, higlight the Downloads options menu.

    Set Maximum Downloads to 1 or 2 to limit the amount of bandwidth that is used by downloading files.

    Select OK to accept the changes and close the Options dialog box.

  5. Exiting LimeWire

    When you close LimeWire, it will prompt you with the box seen at the right, unless you told it to "Always do this without asking again." The best option is to close the program, because sending LimeWire to the system tray leaves it running, taking up system resources, and possibly using up un-needed bandwidth.

    You can also exit LimeWire by right clicking on the LimeWire icon in the System Tray and selecting Exit.

    Exit LimeWire completely when you are not actively using it and when you are away from your computer.

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