Mikrotik is a super charged Swiss army knife solution, no feature is off limits on their product, routing , bandwidth control, layer seven filters, PPPoe, firewall they have it all. If I was going off to start a WISP with a limited budget, and could bring only one tool with me, it would be a Mikrotik solution. On the other hand the NetEqualizer grew up with the value equation of optimizing bandwidth on a network and doing it in a smart turn key fashion. It was developed by a wireless operator that realized high quality easy to use bandwidth control was needed to ensure a profitable business.
Yes there is some overlap between the two, over time the NetEqualizer has gone beyond their included auxillary features, for example: NetEqualizer has a firewall and a network access control module; but the primary reason an operator would purchase a NetEqualizer still goes back to our core mission. To keep their margins in this competitive business, they need to optimize their Internet trunk without paying an army of technicians to maintain a piece of equipment.
The following was part of a conversation with a customer who was interested in comparing Mikrotik queues to NetEqualizer Equalizinq. So take off your Mikrotik hat for a minute and read on about a different philosophy on how to control bandwidth.
Equalizing is a bit different than Microtik, so we can’t make exact
feature comparisons. NetEqualizer lets users run until the network
(or pool) is crowded and then slaps the heavy users for a very short
duration, faster than you or I could do it (if you tried). Do you
have the arcade game “wack a mole” in Australia? Where you hit the
moles on the head when they pop up out of the holes with a hammer?
The vision of our product was to allow operators to plug it in ,give
priority to short real time traffic when the network is busy, and to
leave it alone when shaping is not needed.
It does this based on connections not based on users (as per your question)
Suppose out of your 1000 users, 90 percent were web surfing , 5
percent watching youtube, and 20 percent were doing chat sessions
while doing youtube and web surfing, and another 20 percent were on
SKype calls while web surfing.
Based on the different demand levels of all these users it is nearly
impossible to divide the bandwidth evenly.
But, If the trunk was saturated, in the example above, the
NetEqualizer would chop down youtube streams (since they are the
biggest) leaving all the other streams alone. So instead of having
your network crash completely a few youtube videos would break up for
a few seconds and then when conditions abated they would be allowed to
run. I cannot tell you the exact allocations per user because we don’t
try to hit fixed allocations, we just put delay on the nasties until
the bandwidth usage overall drops back to 90 percent. It is never the
same . And then we quickly take the delay away when things are better.
The value to you is that you get the best possible usage of your
network bandwidth without micro managing everything. There are no
queues to manage. We have been using this model with ISPs for 6 years.
If you do want to put additional rules onto users you can do that with
individual rate limits. Or VLAN limits.
Lastly if you have a very high priority client that must run video you
can give them an exemption if needed.
To control p2p you can use our connection limits as most p2p clients
overload APs with massive connections. We have a fairly smart simple
way to spot this type of user and keep them from crashing your network.
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. .