Hello folks -
My T1 is at times getting maxed out with about 50 customers on it. I was curious if anybody out there was using either DSL or cable access for some or all of their upstream connection.
Also, I have all of my customers on 1x, even though I have several that will support 2x. Should I change those over?
Just trying to get every little drop out of my T1 before having to upgrade.
Hello folks -
1x will use more radio bandwidth, but less backbone.
Are you using bandwidth settings (under QOS in v8)? If not, that will help.
See page 389, section 23.2.1 for a description of how it works.
50 users is about it unless you implement QoS and bandwidth shaping. A well configured Mikrotik could stretch your T1 by as much as 50%.
I would analyze the traffic using Wireshark and act accordingly.
A second T1 is the way to go. DSL and Cable connections are risky as your provider may place restrictions on ports, utilization, and bw caps.
Jerry Richardson wrote: A second T1 is the way to go. DSL and Cable connections are risky as your provider may place restrictions on ports, utilization, and bw caps.
Also, a DSL is commonly asymmetric, meaning that you will have something like 4096k down / 512k up.
That could be a problem because many users can saturate the upload and slow down the web experience of all the others.
Before we got our DS3, we had 350 users on a 3XT1 link, thanks to a Mikrotik router shaping traffic, chokeing P2P, and Filtering viruses and worms.
When we first started having problems with bw limits , we tried a few DSL connection in areas near hotspots, hotels, mobile home parks, etc. . I will be the first to tell you don’t bother. The DSL routers seem to be the weak point, as they freeze or reboot when pp/s get around 700. We tested this over and over again, and it was just a time -consuming nightmare. Don’t be lured by the massive savings you will get, in the end, Jerry’s rec to get a dedicated circuit is the way to go.
oh, And Yes, BigTrumpet is absolutely right. We had to give 384/64k speeds to the users to defray the upload choke. Most were not impressed.