Hughes ActiveTechnologies

Enabling High Performance over Affordable Broadband

Hughes ActiveQoS delivers better application performance and reduced transaction response times by transparently adding strong end-to-end quality of service (QoS) to commonly available broadband networks, such as DSL and Cable.

In an attempt to overcome the network variability of these commonly available networks, equipment suppliers add prioritization technology into their edge-equipment, such as routers. However this approach only prioritizes the traffic at the edge—over the access links to the broadband network. It does not take into account the network variability taking place over the network itself. These approaches fail to adapt seamlessly to underlying variabilities in broadband performance; require constant intervention as applications change or are added; and do not scale well as capacity changes across sites and over time.

Capacity oversubscription and local geographic congestion eventually lead to degradation of application performance. In the case of DSL-based broadband, access rates typically sync up lower than what was provisioned and fluctuate intermittently, requiring constant monitoring to maintain effective use. Split-tunneled traffic to the Internet from individual sites adds complexity, requiring QoS to be provided even in such an apparently “peerless” configuration where only one end of the broadband link is under QoS control.

Hughes ActiveQoS addresses the deficiencies of conventional QoS techniques by actively monitoring the broadband WAN in real-time and properly classifying and rate-limiting applications—ensuring priority applications get through, even in the presence of competing, non-critical applications.

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