p2pshaper 1.4.2 review

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p2pshaper is a Linux QoS script to ensure good latency and fairness on a slow network connection overloaded by p2p applications

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Nikolaj Fogh
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p2pshaper is a Linux QoS script to ensure good latency and fairness on a slow network connection overloaded by p2p applications. It also includes generic optimizations to improve fairness. This release includes a large number of improvements since the 1.3 test release.

In short p2pshaper is a set of scripts for the Linux OS, that is used to administer bandwidth on a network overloaded by massive p2p traffic.

Normally, the amount of peer-to-peer traffic on such networks, will make it impossible to surf, not to mention doing interactive traffic (ssh). The normal action is to shut down p2p traffic totally, and set up the net, so that Internet connection is only possible through a proxy. This breaks many useful programs. And not all p2p traffic is evil. Normally, one would mark packets coming to a specific port (emule ports) to be of a lower priority than packets to other ports. This used to be a good solution. But now, there exist a huge number of p2p clients, eact with different port ranges, and also, some programs are able to change the ports. Normally the Internet newsgroup port should have a high priority. But binary newsgroups are sometimes used for massive downloads, which will use up all bandwidth. Better packet markers are needed.

p2pshaper currently exists in two versions p2pshaper v1 and p2pshaper v2. They both works in different ways, so v2 is not "better" than v1. Which one you use depends on what kind of functonality you want.

What's New in This Release:
Added unified patches against recent kernels With the amount of patches p2pshaper needs, people have had problems patching kernels. To make this easier, p2pshaper now includes patches for most recent kernels. This will probably ease the installation of
p2pshaper. Old patches have been moved to the old/ directory.
Normal connections will never get into the lowest priority bandIntroduced already in the 1.4.1 release. This makes sure that normal traffic isnt nuked all the way into oblivion, where only evil traffic (marked by l7_filter, ipp2p or band8ports) should be.

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