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QoS Performance Testing - Priority Features, Contiunued

I next moved everything back to the GS5 and tried changing port priorities to see if the GS5 behaved as Linksys' documentation described. Figure 12 shows a test run with the Celeron machine's port set to Low priority, the Pentium 4's port set to Medium and the Athlon 64 endpoint machine set to High. With these settings and the Weighted Fair Queue method in use, I expected a 2:1 ratio between the two machines, which is just about what I got (63.3 vs. 32.1 Mbps).

QoS Priority Test - Medium and Low, Weighted Fair Queue

Figure 12: QoS Priority Test - Medium and Low, Weighted Fair Queue Mode
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I also tried this test with High and Low and Critical and Low priorities and have pulled all the results into the table below.

Setting Average
Throughput 1
Throughput 2
Measured ratio Expected Ratio Variance
Medium & Low 63.3 32.1 1.97 2.0 -1.4%
High & Low 76.1 19.4 3.92 4.0 -1.9%
Critical & Low 84.2 11.0 7.65 8.0 -4.5%
Table 1: QoS Weighted Fair Queue Priority Variance

I doubt you'd ever notice these variances, but you would definitely notice the effect of changing the Global QoS mode from Weighted Fair Que to Priority. Figure 13 shows what happened when I did just that.

QoS Priority Test - Medium and Low, Priority Mode

Figure 13: QoS Priority Test - Medium and Low, Priority Mode
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The setup for this test was the same as for Figure 12, with the only change being the Global QoS mode. Since packets in the higher priority queue are always forwarded first, whichever test pair got started second basically had to wait until the first pair was finished or briefly stopped sending data. As you can see from the plots, IxChariot doesn't pause often! Using this mode on a busy LAN could definitely send any user set to a Low priority back to a dial-up like experience!

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