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F&M currently has two ISPs, each with a 200 Mb/sec connection. Each connection uses a Gigabit Ethernet handoff. I manage Internet bandwidth with a pair of Packetshaper 10000s in Direct-Standby. I'm looking to upgrade our two ISP links next summer, and I suspect our current solution won't handle our projected needs. We have about 2400 students, and almost all of them live on-campus and use our campus network for residential purposes. The same network also supports the business of the college. In our students' eyes, the role of Internet connectivity has changed over the past few years. Very few students bring a television with them when they move in. For those who do, I suspect the TV spends most of its time connected to a game console. Students generally expect the same level of Internet performance they had at home, when they shared their broadband connection with their immediate family. I'd like to get an idea of what other folks are doing for bandwidth management at their Internet edge. I'm looking at a few options and weighing the costs and benefits of each (sorted from most to least expensive): 1) Replace the Packetshapers with another bandwidth management system that can shape 2 Gbits/sec. 2) Limit our upgraded capacity based on what the Packetshapers can handle - somewhere around 600 - 800 Mbits, from what I hear.. Our cost for bandwidth management is the Packetshaper annual support contract. 3) Use the bandwidth management functionality on our Palo Alto firewalls. We'll lose some functionality but save some $$$. 4) Don't manage bandwidth. Maybe we will finally have enough to please everyone? What's everyone else doing, and how's it working for them? Thanks! -Matt -- Matt Richard '08 Access and Security Coordinator Information Technology Services Franklin & Marshall College email@example.com ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.