IPEQ Traffic Control Technology

The rapid growth of peer-to-peer traffic (P2P) makes controlling bandwidth a major challenge for service providers, enterprises, organizations, and even home users. Pumping data through a large number of simultaneous TCP and UDP connections, P2P applications are bandwidth aggressive and often completely block out other applications from using the bandwidth. To deal with this situation, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology was developed to identify those P2P applications and block or suppress them from overly using bandwidth.

Increasingly, P2P systems are able to disguise their data streams and become completely indistinguishable from normal web browsing traffic, limiting the effectiveness of DPI traffic control.

In response, AppEx has developed IPEQ®, a unique traffic control technology that enables customers to regain control over their WAN links without the risks and expense that come with DPI-based mechanisms. AppEx IPEQ® is the first in the industry to achieve end-to-end QoS on IP networks in a single-ended deployment. By reverse-controlling the peers' transmission behaviors for both TCP and UDP connections, AppEx IPEQ® is capable of:

  • 1. Accurately provisioning incoming traffic within bandwidth capacity.
  • 2. Reducing congestion on WAN links or end-users’ last mile.
  • 3. Automatically allocating more bandwidth to high priority mission-critical applications without impacting other applications.
  • 4. Fairly sharing bandwidth dynamically among applications or hosts of equal importance.
  • 5. Controlling and utilizing bandwidth in the most efficient way.

In addition, AppEx IPEQ® is extremely easy to use and does not need the type of complex and costly maintenance required by DPI-based products. AppEx IPEQ® is commonly installed as software on the client side, and is being used by millions of users worldwide.

The following diagram provides a illustration of IPEQ®. For more details, see the AppEx whitepaper entitled: AppEx IPEQ® (IP End-to-End QoS): Accurate, Bidirectional, Prioritized, and Fair Bandwidth Regulation.