Open Source Linux Bandwidth Arbitrator vs. NetEqualizer Bandwidth Shaping

As many of you know, the commercial NetEqualizer bandwidth shaper is based on the Linux Bandwidth Arbitrator. From old customers and new, we often get asked what the differences are between the two solutions. Here are a few key points to consider…

1) Time and expertise

Most entities using open source have an experienced technology team with time to burn. Typically, users are university graduate students or eastern European start ups.  If you have time and Linux expertise, then building and supporting the open source Linux Bandwidth Arbitrator is an excellent option.

2) Full featured GUI

The GUI and many advanced integrated features are not available with the Bandwidth Arbitrator.

3) Support

You are on your own should there be a problem with the open source technology.

4) Advanced features not in open source

Many of the features in the NetEqualizer are not part of the GPL source code. For example, priority host, bandwidth pools, and VLAN support are not available with the Bandwidth Arbitrator.

We’re sure longtime users of both products can add to the list, but this is a start. For more information about the Bandwidth Arbitrator and NetEqualizer, visit and

Created by APconnections, the NetEqualizer is a plug-and-play bandwidth control and WAN/Internet optimization appliance that is flexible and scalable. When the network is congested, NetEqualizer’s unique “behavior shaping” technology dynamically and automatically gives priority to latency sensitive applications, such as VoIP and email. Click here for a full price list.

2 Responses to “Open Source Linux Bandwidth Arbitrator vs. NetEqualizer Bandwidth Shaping”

  1. Manjur Ali Says:

    Dear Sir

    We want to allocate different rate of bandwidth to different ip of the block. Please suggest us how we can do that easily. We have to handle more than 50 Mbps. So. Please reply as soon as possible

  2. netequalizer Says:

    Sorry but we do not have a staff on hand to handle support questions for the open source. We suggest you try one of the Linux forums

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