Turbo LAN is a rebranded form of cFossSpeed that helps apps run faster by dividing internet bandwidth. So, apps that use up a lot of data will be prioritized. While this sounds good on paper, it doesn't translate to reality and tends to fall short.
I had Turbo LAN on my computer. At first, I was excited when I found that it could manage internet traffic. However, I ended up getting disappointed once I started using it.
In case you want to know more about the traffic analysis feature, you'll find the below section useful. I've taken a closer look at it, along with some other useful information.
Let's get to it.
Before I get to what Turbo LAN is, keep in mind that it has its shortcomings. In fact, several users have realized this.
With that out of the way, here's a look at what Turbo LAN does (or tries to do):
Asus Turbo LAN prioritizes apps depending on their bandwidth requirements. So, they can be divided into low, medium, and high priority. If an app falls into the high-priority list, it will get more bandwidth.
Ultimately, this helps apps perform at an optimal rate. However, the tool doesn't do its job properly. This is a shame because if done right, it could minimize lag when you're playing online games, or even media streaming.
Let's take a look at how Turbo LAN does what it does:
As mentioned, I don't find cFossSpeed, aka Turbo LAN to be effective. I would even go as far as to call it bloatware.
However, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't mention the maximum upload test that the cFos team did.
They measured the ping times during uploads with Turbo LAN running, then compared their ping while Turbo LAN was turned off. The final results showed that when the app was turned on, their internet speed increased by 3-10 fold.
Although this sounds great, I'm skeptical of the results. The tool never managed maximum upload speeds like that for me, or for my friends.
I don't see any reason to install Turbo LAN, but it might be something you want to try.
If you have an MSI device, you already have Turbo LAN on your computer. It automatically comes with the pre-installed Dragon Center app.
Here's the thing though - you can't download Dragon Center app unless you have an MSI device. So, forget it if you have a different type of computer.
This is a blessing in disguise, though, as the app is known to be buggy. Plus, remember that ASUS Turbo LAN doesn't work well.
Just like any other app, you can use your computer's control panel to remove it. Here's how:
While it's not very efficient, ASUS Turbo LAN constantly works in the background. So, it can use up your RAM and CPU resources. Ultimately, this will make your OS sluggish.
Here are some other issues:
Considering that Turbo LAN doesn't really work, what should you do if you want a legit traffic shaper? I've reviewed two options that actually work below.
Net Limiter lets you manage an app's upload and download speeds. If you want, you can also block certain apps from hogging up all your bandwidth.
Plus, you'll be able to set quotas (internet budgets) to whatever apps you want.
Just like any good network traffic tool, it gives you a visual arrangement of your internet processes. This will tell you which apps favor bandwidth the most.
It works on different operating systems, client protocols, and server protocols. It's not that expensive either. You'll only have to pay $30 for a 2-year subscription.
Net Balancer uses deep packet technology to allocate internet bandwidth to high-priority apps.
It not only manages internet connections but can also give you a detailed look at your upload and download history.
Net balancer encrypts your internet connection thanks to the TLS internet protocols that it uses.
It's a bit more expensive than Net Limiter. However, it's still affordable at around $50.
Net Balancer works on different operating systems too.
Although it's relatively simple to uninstall Turbo LAN, I've heard that some users can't get rid of it. For example, when doesn't show up in the control panel's list of apps.
Usually, this happens when another program prevents it from being removed. System bugs and glitches can also be responsible.
I've got some fixes that can help below.
It could be a system glitch that you're dealing with. If this is the case, fixing the problem is easy. All you have to do is restart your PC.
Click on the Start button, hit the Power option, then click Restart.
You should regularly update your OS, or you'll have to deal with annoying bugs. If you're using an outdated OS version, you would have been getting update prompts. Here's how you can fix this:
Hopefully, you'll be able to get rid of Turbo LAN installation folder now.
If the internet traffic tool is still not budging, I suggest using a third-party uninstaller. It might be able to work around the issue.
There are a couple of good uninstallers out there, but I recommend the Revo Uninstaller tool.
To use it:
Answered below are some popular questions.
I mentioned that ASUS Turbo LAN is bloatware. However, what exactly is it? It's an app that doesn't serve any purpose and just takes up space.
It's not a harmless piece of software that bloats your storage; it can cause problems too. Performance degradation is one of the main issues.
Basically, devices weighed down by bloatware have slower reaction times, and take a while to boot up.
Traffic shaping is a special mechanism that helps manage internet usage. It delays the flow of certain data packets. So, programs that require more data will get more internet data packets sent to them. Ultimately, this enables them to perform at optimal rates.
If you're a gamer, you'll like using traffic-shaping tools. You'll get the best gaming speeds, as your internet resources won't be wasted.
What about traffic police tools?
They are pretty similar. However, traffic policing tools remove any data packets that are noticeably high. Just like traffic shaping, this is done to help manage traffic and allows apps to perform at optimal rates.
Limiting app bandwidths without third-party tools is easy. There are a few different methods you can try.
Let's talk about them.
Metered connections are internet connections with data limits attached to them. Windows lets you switch your connection to this type. Just note that some apps might not work at their full capacity afterward.
Here's what you do:
If You Selected WiFi:
If You Selected Ethernet:
Setting a data usage limit is not as effective as enabling a metered connection. However, it can help limit your network usage.
Once you've set a data limit that you don't want to overreach, you will get a notification to warn you when it's almost over.
To switch it on:
Asus Turbo LAN monitors how much traffic you get so that each of your apps have enough bandwidth and internet speed. This is to help them perform at an optimal rate.
However, its internet management features don't work that well. It sounds like a good way to save internet speed or even lower ping time. But it's not effective
Considering that the tool doesn't work well, you're better off looking for other options to monitor internet usage. Net Balancer and Net Limiter are two choices that I would recommend. They can divide apps depending on their download speeds and requirements, and then optimize bandwidth.
Hopefully, you won't be wasting your time with ASUS Turbo LAN now and can look for other internet usage monitoring tools.