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traffic shaping

like to know how the traffic shaping works.

Do I have to apply on both side of the link to

shape the traffic?

L3 switch------->router

i applied on the L3 switch will shape traffic incoming and outgoing?

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Re: traffic shaping

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Re: traffic shaping

The simplest way to obtain quality of service in a network, seen from a security as well as a functionality perspective, is to have the components in the network, not the applications, be responsible for network traffic control in well-defined choke points.

Traffic shaping works by measuring and queuing IP packets, in transit, with respect to a number of configurable parameters. Differentiated rate limits and traffic guarantees based on source, destination and protocol parameters can be created, much the same way firewall rules are implemented. Traffic shaping works by:

Applying bandwidth limits by queuing packets that would exceed configured limits, and sending them later when the momentary demand for bandwidth is lower.

Dropping packets if the packet buffers are full. The packet to be dropped should be chosen from those that are responsible for the "jam".

Prioritizing traffic according to the administrator's choice; if the traffic in a higher priority increases while a communications line is full, traffic in lower priorities should be temporarily limited to make room for the high-priority traffic.

Providing bandwidth guarantees. This is typically accomplished by treating a certain amount of traffic (the guaranteed amount) as a higher priority, and traffic exceeding the guarantee as the same priority as "any other traffic", which then gets to compete with the rest of the non-prioritized traffic.

Well-built traffic shapers do not normally work by queuing up immense amounts of data and then sorting out prioritized traffic to send before sending non-prioritized traffic. Rather, they attempt to measure the amount of prioritized traffic and then limit the non-prioritized traffic dynamically so that it won't interfere with the throughput of prioritized traffic.

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