QoS with 3 roomies and 6 computers

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by cinetic, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. cinetic

    cinetic Addicted to LI Member

    I live in a house with a total of 3 roomies - about 6 computers total, and we stream movies, download things from iTunes, and do other bandwidth intensive tasks. Our DSL line is from Qwest, 7168k down/896up. Just today I got the WRT54GL, and installed the latest version of tomato on it.

    I provisioned the QoS so that each of the 5 computers gets about 25% of the downstream, using the different classes (A-E) obviously with some overlap because we don't want it to be too reduced all the time. That said, is this the correct way to setup QoS, or is there another, better way?

    My dream QoS would be something like this: Every computer has access to all the bandwidth until other clients come onboard, demanding more bandwidth, at which point it divides all bandwidth up equally.

    Ideas? Suggestions?
  2. mshobe

    mshobe Addicted to LI Member

    QoS is only outbound. What you're talking about is traffic shaping (incoming).

    QoS prioritizes outgoing packets and is helpful for things like ensuring your voice conversation isn't interrupted by p2p traffic.

    To do what you want, i would suggest installing the VicTek Tomato Mod ( http://victek.is-a-geek.com/tomato.html) and use the builtin IP/MAC Traffic Limiter.

    Make sure to do an NVRAM erase after installing, before doing any configuration.
    (Your address will default to instead of my


    Discussion thread for the Mod is here.

    Instruction manual for traffic shaping is here.
  3. az2008

    az2008 Addicted to LI Member

    Isn't that the definition of using no QoS?

    I thought QoS was to give priority to specific activities, or users.

  4. mshobe

    mshobe Addicted to LI Member

    As far as the QoS section of Tomato goes, it is outbound only.

    If he wants the bandwidth split up, he'll need a combo of QoS and Bandwidth limiting.
  5. cinetic

    cinetic Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you -- I am going to try this. I need to find the right version for my router (WRT54GL). I just found this page :


    That looks to be what I need, specially in examples 2 and 3.
  6. mshobe

    mshobe Addicted to LI Member

  7. cinetic

    cinetic Addicted to LI Member

    Well I flashed the victek firmware, and configured the bandwidth limiting but I cannot get it to work. I even tried enabling QoS and that didn't work. Are there any catches? I did the nvram erase already too.

    Also, how do you do a bandwidth limit by MAC when there is only a field for an IP?

  8. mshobe

    mshobe Addicted to LI Member

    Have you setup Static DHCP?

    For traffic shaping, you need QoS for the outbound, and IP/Mac limiting on the inbound.

    Can you post some screenshots of your Static DHCP page, your IP/Mac Limiter Page and your QoS Page? That would help with troubleshooting.
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