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Warning, before you untar the Arbitrator releases please read the How-To. Also any items in the Changelog relating to the version.

. arbitrator9.62.tar.gz this is the GPL version. It does not come with a GUI, nor is reporting included in this version. Those items are licensed with our commercial products only. This version runs on the Linux 2.6.5 kernel. No other patches are required since iptables and ebtables are already in this kernel. READ THE CHANGE LOG FOR INFO ON THIS VERSION.

. arbitrator8.63.tar.gz this is the GPL version. This is currently the most stable version based on the 2.4.19 kernel. It does not come with a GUI, nor is reporting included in this version. Those items are licensed with our commercial products only. This version runs on the Linux 2.4.19 kernel. READ THE CHANGE LOG FOR INFO ON THIS VERSION.

. callnetplot version 1.0 for plotting MULTIPLE VLANs This is a user donated perl script which should be used with 8.25. Other versions may be able to be tweaked to use this as well with a little work.
. sanity.tar.gz
Version 1.21 is a watchdog utility type program for the Arbi. You can read the README by clicking here.

. userlimit1.0.tar.gz
This is a beta release and we welcome beta customers. Enforce Bandwidth Caps on monthly/daily or hourly usage, take actions when caps are exceeded. You can read the README by clicking here.

. arbiqos1.1.tar.gz
This is a beta release and we welcome beta customers. You can find the docs for ArbiQos by clicking here.

. apccrond - Perl cron like helper app

. asciiplot2.0 - Perl plot routine that creates ASCII graphs in the form of horizontal bar charts. You could modify the code to output graphics instead of ASCII *'s for use with web apps. Here is the README.

. bridge-utils-0.9.5.tar
. bridge-nf-0.0.7-against-2.4.19.diff for the 2.4.19 kernels.
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 how-tos: ArbiQos

PHP-NukeThe ArbiQos release is a new product which makes use of many of the Linux Bandwidth Arbitrator technology.
- Reserves bandwidth on your network for real time
services so that your VOIP traffic remains high

- Works with your existing network hardware and
routers no need to upgrade your network to run VOIP

- Adminstration is through a web gui and takes just
minutes to configure.

The Arbiqos system is specifically designed as a turn key utility that will dynamically reserve bandwidth for your real time traffic running over shared data links. The unique technology allows you to control bandwidth allocation with only one active unit on a link.

This is a beta release and we welcome beta customers (we will support at no charge)

Here is the basic text for the howto for this release.

Installation no changes. Just follow the Bandwidth Arbitrator How-To to get your kernel ready

The Arbiqos1.0 release supports the following commands

MODIFY_CONFIG (parameters only no shaping rules)

ADD_CONFIG (masks and priority hosts)

REMOVE_CONFIG (masks and priority hosts)

The arbiqos system is a smart solution that will insure you have bandwidth available for high priority real time streams such as VOIP and video.

You configure the arbiqos system as follows.

1) Locating the arbiqos system on your network

Decide where your network choke points are, these would be links in your network where your VOIP or Video traffic must pass , and obviously a network link that also carries lower priority data traffic

2) Identify the IP addresses of your source nodes for real time traffic. In a VOIP system this could be the IP address of your VOIP switch, or the voice endpoints (phones) you do not need both. It is always easier to give the IP address of a centralized switch than all the leaf nodes if you have such a configuration

3) You need to know how much bandwidth each stream typically requires (bi directional total) convert this number to bytes per second.

4) Enter each IP address of your VOIP endpoints with the following command


5) Set the value for the size of these streams


6) Place the arbitrator(s) in the choke points of your network

The arbitrators will constantly monitor the IP addresses you configured for real time traffic, as more of these streams come on line the arbitrator will dynamically scale back all other traffic. When your streaming traffic is light the data traffic will be allowed more bandwidth.
The changes in commands (for arbiqos1.1)

The ADD_CONFIG command for HOST must have a port field
, the last field , use 0 to specify don't care.


The above command will make a priority
host  on any port that it appears on, essentially this
insures there is enough bandwidth for this host when


The Above command will only reserve bandwidth when

there is an active connection on port 80 for host

You can have more than one rule per host if you
different ports for each rule.

Examples for REMOVE_CONFIG




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