watchgaurd QOS setup

active8it
active8it used Ask the Experts™
on
can somebody explain to me the process of setting up QOS on a watchguard. at present there are 2 sites both with an xtm330. these sites are linked with a fiber lan extension (so effectively 100mbps lan connection). port 0 is for adsl conections, port 1 is lans and port 2 is the link. the main reason for this is to ensure the phone system isnt affected by other network traffic during busy times or when burst large data is transferred.
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
Are you doing extended LAN or are you having all traffic go through the Watchguard and using VPN?
btanExec Consultant
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
Three part that will be relevant to achieve it.
See below overview. For setup, I see mainly as "Define a Traffic Management action"

http://www.watchguard.com/help/docs/wsm/11/en-US/index_Left.html#CSHID=en-US%2Fqos_trafficmanagement%2Fconnection_bandwidth_set_limits_c.html|StartTopic=Content%2Fen-US%2Fqos_trafficmanagement%2Fconnection_bandwidth_set_limits_c.html|SkinName=WSM (en-US)

A traffic management queue with reserved bandwidth and low priority can give bandwidth to real-time applications with higher priority when necessary without disconnecting. Other traffic management queues can take advantage of unused reserved bandwidth when it becomes available.

You can use QoS Marking on a per-interface or per-policy basis. When you define QoS Marking for an interface, packets leaving that interface are marked. QoS Marking for a policy marks traffic that uses the policy.

Traffic prioritization at the firewall allows you to manage multiple class of service (CoS) queues and reserve the highest priority for real-time or streaming data. A policy with high priority can take bandwidth away from existing low priority connections when the link is congested and traffic is competing for bandwidth.

Also see this EE on watchguard
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Telecommunications/IP_Telephony/VoIP/Q_26851891.html

Author

Commented:
the phone system is on say 10.10.1.5 on one site and 10.0.1.5 on the other site so the traffic management needs to be applied to any traffic between these 2 ip addresses across sites, the link is port 2 on both wguards, which is obviously sharing the connection with data traffic so this needs to take priority over any other traffic so do i need to setup a policy on the port or create some rules for these ip's on each wguard with a policy applied??
Exec Consultant
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
Depends on interface or policy based marking.. It is either based on interface or policy for the QoS marking. It is more to differentiate the traffic

You can enable QoS marking for an individual interface or an individual policy. When you define QoS marking for an interface, each packet that leaves the interface is marked. When you define QoS marking for a policy, all traffic that uses that policy is also marked.

You can assign different levels of priority either to policies or for traffic on a particular interface. Traffic prioritization at the firewall allows you to manage multiple class of service (CoS) queues and reserve the highest priority for real-time or streaming data. A policy with high priority can take bandwidth away from existing low priority connections when the link is congested so traffic must compete for bandwidth.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial