I share my DSL connection with my neighbor. %99 of the time it's all good, but sometimes I think he plays games that hog up %95+ of the network bandwith and my "Internet Experience" slows to a crawl.
I'd like to experiment with fairness and bandwidth guarantee technologies.
Ultimately the behavior I would like is to allow my neighbor to use all of the available bandwidth unless I start needing it... at that point the router should be more protective of my traffic, up to and including limiting his bandwidth to about %50 of overall available.
I've spent a few hours browsing the web and have found a few technologies that would seem to help, though it is not immediatley apparent any of these include the feature of allowing a bandwidth-limited IP to use all the available bandwidth if there is no other trafiic.
My real questions are two. First is there anyone out there who has solved this prolem on his or her own network and is happy with the solution: what combination of acronyms/hardware worked for you?
The second, closely related question is what would be the recommended minimum Cisco HW and SW/packages if I were to want to explore these areas as freely as possible. Especially with respect to obsolete equipment that's available on Ebay cheap. I'm tempted to buy a 1700 series ie: 1721 or 175x and play with voip too, but would something like a 2600 series be better? Or do I really need something pricier?
Power consumption and inititial costs are logically limited by the fact my neigbor only pays $10 a month/half the monthly bill. Maybe $15 if we upgrade. It quickly becomes more cost effective to just kick him off.
I use fixed IP addresses, a Zoom X5 4 port ethernet adsl modem/router in one room and a $15 4 port hub/switch in the other room. We run a 100' cat5 cable from the hub/switch to his place, I dunno if he has a hub/switch at his place. I'm assuming I'm either looking for something with two ethernet ports to sit between the Zoom modem/router and the hub/switches, or something with an ADSL port and an ethernet interface. It seems the 1700 series has trouble running LLQ and RSVP over ethernet ports?
My background is that I was a pretty good Cisco/Sun consultant but gave it up about 7 years ago... right when people started playing around with QoS. I guess I don't remember much if I forget where to go on Cisco's web site for a comprehensive model/ supported feature matrix.
I think a lot of people would be interested in your answer(s).