Traffic Shaping?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DeathStalker77, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    Win7x64Ult with Comodo PFW running. Is there any way to prioritize HTTP traffic over TCP/UDP? (So browsing is not as affected by other online activities)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Daz

    Daz MDL Developer / Admin
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    I once heard of a program called cFosSpeed, it's said to work pretty good. You could download the trail version online and check it out I guess.
     
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  3. Stormcrow

    Stormcrow MDL Junior Member

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    Er, but HTTP traffic IS TCP, if it's from a normal webserver listening on TCP port 80...

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  4. SoLoR

    SoLoR MDL Expert

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    Ill try to keep it simple. First traffic shaping is tricky and linux with iptables/HTB queue is your best bet (its probably possible in Windows as well with QoS, google it if noone knows exactly how), but i but keep in mind forget on any "proper" shaping of incoming traffic. Traffic shaping works on princip of queuing packets (some even on droping so they are resended) so once packet already gets on your computer/home router there is no point of queing(droping) it, since your computer can use it. So to make incoming traffic shaping efficant it must be done BEFORE it reaches your home connection and it must be done by your ISP. You can however traffic shape outgoing traffic efficantly, but doubt that is enough for you.
     
  5. Daz

    Daz MDL Developer / Admin
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    I find the best setup is to be the man in the middle. Have a system connected directly to the router and then have all systems networked to that main computer so you can manage speeds, bandwidth and other things depending on the software you use. I used to personally use this setup before I started hijacking wireless networks around the area ;)

    cFosSpeed does a good job at prioritizing traffic so that you can game and download at the same time without having allot of lag in the game. Thats just one example but thats all the traffic shaping you can do on your own machine anyway.
     
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  6. cyclops

    cyclops MDL Senior Member

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    Get ur self a Buffalo or a Linksys router and use DD-WRT Firmware on it and use the QOS.
     
  7. 2centsworth

    2centsworth MDL Senior Member

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    Only cheap way to QOS HTTP over all other protocols is either one of the newer (low cost consumer) routers with QOS or one of several open source firmware (DD-WRT as noted above, Sveasoft which costs money but offers support) upgrades for common consumer routers (like Linksys or Buffalo which I've really come to like Buffalo hardware) that offer QOS. I've worked with Sveasoft QOS in the past and it can allow HTTP over other protocols. Keep in mind HTTP traffic contains both TCP and sometimes UPD packets so most QOS variables are IP address/protocols/time. More advanced traffic shaping is common to enterprise routers and managed switches....just 2 cents worth today.
     
  8. barny451

    barny451 MDL Novice

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    Try netlimiter (can't post link, just add .com) because it might be the 'Ultimate Bandwidth Shaper' (according to their website), runs on Windows :D

    HTH
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  9. tziman

    tziman MDL Novice

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    I'm using a Linksys WRT54GL with Tomato firmware. It works very well for QoS but if you're internet connection's downstream speed is faster than 25 megabits then it may not be the best solution. In that case, if you have a spare computer laying around then you can run a full-blown Linux firewall distribution for traffic shaping. Examples include IPCop, Untangle, ZeroShell, Smoothwall, m0n0wall, and others. I'm sure the other posters in this thread can suggest which distribution is the best.
     
  10. JHughes

    JHughes MDL Novice

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    I use cFosSpeed, it works well. Regarding QoS, you can turn it on in your router, but true QoS can only be done by your ISP.