Should anyone ask, I prefer my traffic to be “shaped”
I’m having much success with my traffic shaping rules. I prioritise my outbound traffic and graph it. Traffic is currently sorted into the following classes:
- Leaf 10: VOIP
- Leaf 20: ACKs, ICMP
- Leaf 30: DNS, SSH (not scp)
- Leaf 40: Streaming audio
- Leaf 50: Web, SMTP, IMAP
- Leaf 60: SCP
- Leaf 70: Bulk, P2P, unclassified packets
This works out well:
Here the red line show’s an outbound voip call, an ongoing rsync via ssh (purple) and some random person accessing website in light green. The light blue shows a bittorrent download.
Each of these classes is subordinate to the other although each can only max out to 90% of the link before having to start sharing the link with subordinate classes.
Even if I had a T1/E1 entering my house, I’d still shape it. Shaping really enhances the responsiveness when using a congested link.