Can I limit or throttle Apple's TimeMachine backup traffic?

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My current WiFi network has daily bouts of heavy traffic due to Apple laptops backing up via TimeMachine.  There seems to be no Apple way to restrict backups by connection type so I'd like to know if Aerohive L7 traffic management can do that?  Is it able to identify TimeMachine traffic specifically to manage that traffic?  Or failing that if I program in the IPs all the TimeMachine devices could it limit (by time) or throttle (priority / max b/w) traffic to them?
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Simon W

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Crowdie, Champ

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Apparently Time Machine uses the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) over TCP so you could block TCP port 548.  This port is also used by AppleShare, Personal File Sharing and the Apple File Service.
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BJ, Champ

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Since TimeMachine is being used, I am assuming there are Apple Time Capsules in use. Rate limit to these devices.

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Hoang Tung

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Hi BJ, would you please let me know how to rate limit AFP?
I am using HMOL 6.2 firmware, and I have 21 APs HiveAP230.

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Nigel Quinn

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Dont assume time capsules as it could be time machine server on Yosemite
I too would be keen to see if anyone has a way to control the bandwidth usage of time machine backups
I have a client with 120 laptops backing up to time machine over wifi