Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, Slow Internet in Technical; We have a dedicated 100mb leased line, with in-house smoothwall.
I have been told that the internet has been really ...
11th December 2013, 02:58 PM #1
We have a dedicated 100mb leased line, with in-house smoothwall.
I have been told that the internet has been really slow since September. No-one ever brought it up before.
I am going to restart our webfiltering, but is there anything that could 'slow' the web down? It's fine if the proxy is bypassed. The proxy is configured via log on script.
11th December 2013, 03:05 PM #2
Your set up sounds far superior to our Fiber To The Cabinet here in Devizes @sippo but we went over to that in September as well and ever since (despite speedtests showing circa 10.00 mbps upload and download on our previous set up to just under 40.00 mbps download and a widely fluctuating upload of below 2.00 to just under 10.00 mbps) I have been having teaching staff complaining that such things as BBC Clips is now unreliable - playing ok sometimes then at others stalling. SWGfL are investigating with the Provider (TalkTalk) and tell me they think they have a solution that should give me happy teachers by the end of the week.
11th December 2013, 03:13 PM #3
We're 'independent' on schools broadband but I think its more do with our smoothie...if it is bypassed the web is fine.
11th December 2013, 03:22 PM #4
Bufferbloat could be a cause. In a nutshell it's caused by large switch memory buffers allowing high speed, filling up, then throttling the network to zero. Rinse and repeat. It's normal behaviour for the TCP protocol (i.e. drop packets and slow down transmissions), but when you have several segments the buffer problem can be noticeable.
You'll see great download speeds, but terrible general browsing speeds.
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As a check, are you able to bypass some network segments and plug in near the front of the firewall/cache?
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11th December 2013, 03:29 PM #5
Is there anything I can do to reduce this or see if it is having an effect? We are all HP procurves.
11th December 2013, 03:44 PM #6
The simple test is to reduce the buffer size on the switches and see what happens. I'm assuming this is possible, it's been a while since I was involved in hardware support.
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11th December 2013, 03:48 PM #7
Oh another thing - check your DNS is up to scratch. Busy pages cause tons of DNS lookups and a struggling DNS server will really hamper things.
Is Smoothwall configured to use the same DNS servers in the same order (if you have multiple DNS)
A good test is Firebug for Firefox. This is excellent in showing you where the bottlenecks are (from the workstation point of view) and if you have DNS timeouts.
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11th December 2013, 04:29 PM #8
MTU Size, by default I think its 1518 - change it to 2000 and see if that helps.
11th December 2013, 05:48 PM #9
11th December 2013, 08:41 PM #10
The maximum packet size that can be passed onwards to other devices, We had a problem with a 100 Meg DIA, turned out it was flow control and MTU size, altered the MTU size to higher and got whopping speeds.
Thanks to cpjitservices from:
sippo (11th December 2013)
11th December 2013, 08:58 PM #11
How do I check/change this?
Edit: Don't worry I have found it. Thanks!
Last edited by sippo; 11th December 2013 at 09:03 PM.
11th December 2013, 11:00 PM #12
Do you have Smoothwall intercepting HTTPS traffic?
12th December 2013, 09:25 AM #13
@sippo - only change the MTU size on the interface of your fiber.
12th December 2013, 09:27 AM #14
I changed it on the ports used in the smoothwall. Is that bad?!
12th December 2013, 09:39 AM #15
Has it made a difference ?
You only need to change it on the port where your fiber is connected... Ethernet doesn't support any MTU size over 1500. It may not help. Im sure some Smoothwall experts on here would advise you.
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