Bandwidth Management and Monitoring for Community Networks
This paper describes a custom-built system to replace existing routing solutions within an identified community network. The community network in question shares a VSAT Internet connection to provide Internet access to a number of schools and their surrounding communities. This connection provides a limited resource which needs to be managed in order to ensure equitable use by members of the community. The community network originally lacked any form of bandwidth management or monitoring which often resulted in unfair use and abuse. The solution implemented is based on client-server architecture. The Community Access Points (CAPs) are the client components which are located at each school; providing the computers and servers with access to the rest of the community network and the Internet.