Load Balancing / Load Sharing over parallel paths

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by ciscortp, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. ciscortp

    ciscortp Guest

    I have two parallel paths between a pair of routers. They are running
    Eigrp between them. The bandwidths are very close to each other (704K
    and 768K) so Eigrp Unequal cost load balancing doesn't really help me
    because the traffic share count is usually 1 to 1.

    I could get around this by altering the delay of one of the links and
    then maybe have a trafic share count of 2 to 1.

    I've tried per packet load balancing but because of the varying
    latencies in each link, that doesn't work out too well for me.

    What I would like to do is have a way of preferring the faster (less
    latency) link until the bandwidth reaches a certain point, then
    allowing the slower (greater latency) link to kick in.

    The reason being is that sometimes 1 user will download a huge file
    which will consume the entire bandwidth of 1 one link. Other users
    will try to connect and because of typical per session or per
    destination load balancing, they will attempt to also use the congested
    link. I would like to avoid this. I want a way to set a threshold
    for a particular link by % utilization, then put that link on hold
    until the % util drops below a certain point.

    If anyone sees what I mean here and has a solution, that would be
    greatly appreciated.

    Thank You
    ciscortp, Nov 21, 2005
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  2. If the problem is a single FTP transfer, it sounds like weighted
    fair queueing (WFQ) is not doing its thing. Could be because WFQ
    has been disabled (or something about the configuration disables
    it by default), or you may need to add traffic shaping on the links
    to give WFQ a chance to kick in before the link is totally clogged.

    Good luck and have fun!
    Vincent C Jones, Nov 21, 2005
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