Managing Bandwidth

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Joseph W. Doherty Sun, 01/18/2009 - 05:48

At the most basic, a device that support traffic policing would be minimal. Next step up would be a device that also supports traffic shaping (which would be a "nicer" method to limit a customer's bandwidth). (Many of Cisco advanced switches support some kind of policing. Most of Cisco's routers support both policing and shaping.)

BTW: Unless you control both ends of a link, shaping can't be used for inbound, and policing inbound doesn't fully control inbound link utilization.

Joseph W. Doherty Sun, 01/18/2009 - 12:30

3560 is a nice L3 switch.

Any of the ISR routers, generally, offer about the same features. Biggest difference is performance, so depending on you bandwidth needs, don't overlook the 2800 series either.

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