Quality of Service (Qos)
Qos Packet Scheduler:
Qos is a set of networking standards that ensures that devices or applications on your wireless network that might need more priority or bandwidth get the attention they need to operate as advertised.
Every network card, or electronic device that’s connected to your wireless home network is transmitting network packets as long as its turned on and attached to the network.
If you’ve ever used a VoIP application like Skype or attached a VoIP device such a Vonage modem to your wireless home network, you may have experienced that at times during your call it sounded “choppy” like you were talking through a tin can.
Your wireless router is like a traffic cop giving every device on your network its divided slice of time and bandwidth to access the Internet.
Qos Packet Scheduler
I’m going to show you how you can adjust the settings of the Qos Packet Scheduler to improve the network performance of any application, computer, or gaming system on your wireless home network making it a more enjoyable experience.
Even though there are many brands and models of wireless routers, the configuration pages are fairly similar, so don’t be afraid to explore your routers graphical user interface and check out all the functions your model of router can perform.
In this example i’ll be using the configuration of an E1000 Linksys Router.
Login to your router, so we can access the Qos Packet Scheduler configuration page we need to make the changes.
If you’re not familiar with the login process or your Linksys Router Password, we do provide username and password credentials for most Linksys wireless routers.
Qos Packet Scheduler:
- On the starting page when setting up Linksys wireless router, click on the link labeled “Applications & Gaming” then on the tab labeled “Qos”, as follows.
- In the section labeled “Wireless” make sure “WMM Support” is enabled, and that the “No Acknowledgement” is disabled. These are the default settings.
- In the section “Internet Access Priority” check the bullet button to enabled.
The Upstream Bandwidth should be left on “Auto”. Unless your trying to limit the amount of bandwidth of an annoying network device keeping your network busy, you could set it maximum allowable bandwidth manually here.
Setting Qos Priority:(Example)
In this example were going to set high priority to a VoIP Vonage Modem that you might have, so that the calls will have a much better quality of service.
- In the section labeled “Category”, choose from the drop down menu either, Applications, Online Games, MAC Address, or Voice Device.
- For the Vonage Modem were going to select “Voice Device”.
Notice that the sub-section of the Qos Packet Scheduler has repopulated with the appropriate fields allowing the router to have all the information necessary to identify the Vonage Modem on the network.
- In the “Enter a Name” field type “Vonage” in the space provided.
- In the MAC Address section input your Vonage modems MAC or Physical Address. It should be located on a sticker on the bottom of the Vonage modem. Its 6 sets of 2 numbers or letters separated by a colon between each set.
- In the section labeled “Priority” set the priority to “High”, and then click the “Add” button to add the Vonage Modem to the routers Qos “Quality of Service” priority list.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the configuration page to save the changes.
- Reset the router to ensure the new Qos Packet Scheduler changes are in effect, and your all set to make and receive higher quality calls through your Vonage modem while other devices are in use on your wireless home network.
That’s it! You just set higher priority to a specific device on your home wireless network.