Hello I live in a condo building that uses 3 Cisco Catalyst 3550 switches connected to a Comcast router with 100 Mbps download. Currently we regulate bandwidth by providing each user with 3 Mbps download. Even if only two people are active they still only get 3 Mbps download. I would like to set it up so if two people are using they each get 50 Mbps; a sort of 'dynamic qos.' Is this possible with these switches? Would we have to purchase a Cisco router in order to provide this feature?
Years ago I did rate limiting testing on 3550's. I found that it was not accurate, it wasn't even close to accurate. I suggest finding another solution.
1. Higher end switch's/routers with more advanced QOS features.
2. A Palo Alto firewall may be able to do this also.
3. Find a hospitality appliance that can do this, devices they have a hotels etc..
Good luck with this one, not sure what the solution is, but I'm not feeling good about doing this with 3550's.
Thanks for the info Scape. What do you think would be the cheapest method to set up a configuration like this? Can you point me in the right direction where I would get swtiches/routers or hospitality devices? I was thinkin about calling Cisco to see what they offer. I just don't know where to start other than calling Cisco. Thanks again.
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For just 3 users, you could probably accomplish what you want using 3 of the 4 queues and SRR supported on the 3560/3750 series. Without research, don't recall what QoS features a 3550 supports so unknown whether it can do something similar.
Almost any Cisco ISR could easily do this, problem with the small routers is performance, even for just 100 Mbps.
Just did a quick search, and things are looking better for a 3550. The 3550 support WRR across 3 or 4 queues, see: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk389/tk813/technologies_tech_note09186a00801558cb.shtml#topic4
I have not worked on those hospitality solutions in a while. I do recall that they were not very expensive, otherwise Hotels/Restaurants wouldn't buy them. I have asked a few people about solutions that are still in that business. I'll let you know when I get some feedback from them.
I was given the following Hospitality products.
IPGateway - No longer in business.
I'm sorry I couldn't give you more options. If I receive more info from some friends I'll pass it on.
What advantages would a router have over a bluesocket? Is Cisco the best place to look for a router with nice QoS? Any other places to look? Should I just give Cisco a call? Thanks for the help. I think this is almost wrapped up
Josh, you ask some great questions that I cannot give you solid answers to.
I think you should do the following
1. You should call your Cisco Rep to see if they have a product that can fit your needs and budget.
2. Contact Bluesocket and talk to them
3. Find more hospitality vendors and talk to them, I wish I could give you more companies to talk to.
4. I would look at other networking vendors as well (Brocade, HP, etc..). I try to select products based on fitting the need and fitting the budget, then getting the product that fits the best.