Traffic Shaping


Traffic shaping (also known as "packet shaping") is a computer network traffic management technique which delays some or all datagrams to bring them into compliance with a desired traffic profile. Traffic shaping is used to optimize or guarantee performance, improve latency, and/or increase usable bandwidth for some kinds of packets by delaying other kinds. It is often confused with traffic policing, the distinct but related practice of packet dropping and packet marking.

(From Traffic Shaping Wikipedia article)


Available options in SafetyProxy :

Priority Queueing (PRIQ)

Priority queuing is the simplest form of traffic shaping, and often the most effective. It performs prioritzation of traffic only, without regard for bandwidth. A flat hierarchy of priority levels is created, all packets at the highest priority level are always processed first.
Pros
Easy to configure and understand.
Cons
Lower priority queues can be completely starved for bandwidth easily.


Class Based Queueing (CBQ)

CBQ is the next step up from priority queuing. A tree hierarchy of classes is created; each with an assigned priority and bandwidth limit. Priority works much in the same way that it does in the PRIQ however, instead of processing all packets from the class, it will only process enough packets until the bandwidth limit is reached.


Hierarchical Fair Service Curve (HFSC)

Hierarchical Fair Service Curve (HFSC) is the most complex of the ALTQ shaper types. In older versions of pfSense, it was the only option available. It has a heirarchy of queues and is capable of real-time traffic guarantees.
It can be very effective for VoIP on links that degrade quickly, such as 3G/4G, but it can be complex to configure and tweak for proper operation.

(from: http://pfsense.org)

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