Ahhh, traffic shaping will do it. BTW, shaping won't work for the squid package as the endpoint is actually the firewall and the way ALTQ works, it needs to shape traffic going _through_ the firewall.
Hi I should probably start a new thread but the above post is what I need some advice on. I have since swapped my Wan and Lan. So the Lan is now the 100Mb which means my cached files pop up almost instantly which is great. For example a 20 meg file is cached and from another PC I download the same file instantly. Before it would take about 5 seconds.
Unless my traffic shaping is turned on. It gets shapped down to the speed I set for my net connection. 2Mbit. So its fast .. just not instant. It's no big deal but how can I make it so cached stuff is not shapped. Is it a config problem?
Shaper issue unfortunately. So here's the deal (I've actually posted this elsewhere too). ALTQ queues packets outbound from the firewall, not inbound to it (not exactly possible to queue inbound if you think about it). The shaper is setup to queue packets outbound on the WAN interface (your upstream bandwidth) and outbound on the LAN interface (your downstream bandwidth). As such, inbound to squid will not get shaped - it can't due to the limitations in ALTQ, but the outbound (potentially cached) traffic from squid will not only get shaped, but will, assuming cached traffic, impact your available downstream bandwidth.
You can try playing around with the queues and rules, but that's going to result in a lot of pain I'm betting (and my last attempt to do this exact thing left me scratching my head trying to figure out why it wasn't working right). For now, the only thing I can say is that you'll need to live with the limitations (hopefully it's not too bad for you), figure out a workaround and post it here (and I'll sticky it), or disable the shaper (which I'm sure is enabled for a reason!).