I am using m0n0wall to model the network conditions that my
organisation's overseas offices experience. This allows us to test how
well different applications perform under those conditions and make
adjustments accordingly. I thought I'd share how I am doing this in
case it is useful to others, and also to see if anyone sees any problems
with my method.
For each office I am using www.speedtest.net to get an approximate
measurement of bandwidth both up and down, and the delay. I then take
the figures I have and create two pipes in m0n0 for each office - one
with the download bandwidth and one with the upload bandwidth.
I then create a rule for each of these pipes - the download rule is for
incoming traffic on the WAN for any protocol, any port and to and from
any host. This has the download pipe applied to it.
I create a similar rule for uploading except here the rule is for
outgoing traffic on the WAN.
I then activate only the two rules for the particular office I want to
So far this seems to be effective. Has anyone got any suggestions for
how I might improve this? I'm particularly interested in any ideas on
how to better gather the information on network conditions in our
offices. Does anyone see any flaws in my use of pipes and rules?
Anyhelp very much appreciated.
International IT Officer
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