Online gaming and file downloads - latency hell!

RW rwmaillists at
Fri Jun 18 11:23:12 UTC 2010

On Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:11:48 +0200
Morgan Wesström <freebsd-questions at> wrote:

> On 2010-06-16 02:51, Modulok wrote:
> > Yo,
> > 
> > I have a FreeBSD box acting as a router between me and the Internet.
> > Whenever someone on the local network downloads something, the other
> > connections have a really high latency. A second or more. For people
> > who like to download large files and play online games, it's not
> > good.

> Traffic shaping on your side when downloading unfortunately doesn't
> help you. The data has already been transferred across your cable or
> DSL connection by then and reordering any packets on your side will
> not change the latency. Traffic shaping your download has to be
> performed at your upstream router which you probably don't control.

If the downloads are ordinary http and ftp, rather than P2P, you can
use squid to throttle at the TCP level. It needs to be built with delay

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