Bandwidth Policy


Currently the University of Illinois does not have any rate limits set in place. While your connection will not be throttled on the university network, University Housing maintains the right to make changes to the policy for individuals who perform undesirable actions on the network.

Monitoring your traffic

While your computer is connected via wire, you can go to the Traffic Statistics page to see your bandwidth over the past 24 hours. (This page currently only is accurate when connecting via wired connection). The column "Input" reflects upload traffic, while the "Output" column reflects download traffic. The numbers in the columns are in units of bytes. 1,000,000,000 bytes equal 1 GB.

Within your operating system, there is typically an application that tracks the amount of traffic that each running application on your computer is accruing in real time. This can be useful in determining what background processes create the most traffic. If you need assistance in identifying bandwidth-heavy applications, submit a help request.


  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager
  2. Select the Performance tab at the top of the Task Manager window
  3. Select Open Resource Monitor at the bottom of the Task Manager window
  4. Select Network to expand a list of processes that are currently using bandwidth
  5. You can sort by Send (B/sec) and Receive (B/sec) to find the most bandwidth-heavy applications for uploading and downloading, respectively


  1. Press Cmd + Space to open Spotlight
  2. Type Activity Monitor and press Return to launch Activity Monitor
  3. Select the Network tab at the top of the Activity Monitor window
  4. You can sort by Sent Bytes and Rcvd Bytes to find the most bandwidth-heavy applications for uploading and download, respectively