Traffic shaping

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Traffic shaping, also known as packet shaping, is a network management technique that delays certain types of packets to optimize overall network performance. For instance, an ISP may delay P2P packets, such as those transmitted by BitTorrent networks. The justification for throttling this type of traffic might be that it consumes a high amount of overall network bandwidth for the benefit of a small number of users. Applications such as BitTorrent clients may attempt to encrypt their data packets to make it difficult or impossible for an ISP to identify the traffic and prevent traffic shaping.

ISP, Network terms, Network traffic, QoS