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Can MX100 handle gigabit?

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Can MX100 handle gigabit?

I realize an MX100 maxes at ~750 Mbps, but we have one on Comcast's new gigabit coax service (along with a 250 Mbps coax circuit, in fail-over) and it just isn't working.  The 250 Mbps works, the gigabit has high (25%-100%) packet loss and high latency, it fails over for one minute several times a day, and occasionally throughput goes to zero without failing over.  Comcast thinks their end is OK (one pingplotter and continuous ping test at modem didn't reveal anything); they do think we're maxing the gig's up speed, 35 Mbps, but the 250's up speed, 25 Mbps, doesn't cause issues).

 

The only other factors I can think of:

  • the 250 Mbps circuit is extended from demarc to server room with coax (modem by router), the gigabit by fiber (modem at demarc)
  • we have high internal traffic from security cameras, but it is VLANed off
  • we're having other recent problems like computers not consistently finding printers, AD server, or wifi APs
  • all of this - router, gigabit circuit, VLANing, cameras - are new.

We don't have the skills to properly debug this, so we're going to swap parts, circuits, etc. to isolate the issue.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

Could you do a test for me.  Go:

Security Appliance/Traffic Shaping

And configure the WAN uplink shaping to limit the circuit to (say) 500Mb/s.  A number that should be well within reach of your MX100.  If the issue still happens then we know it is not because of the speed.

 

If adjusting the speed makes no difference, then change it back to how it was.  Then try swapping the two WAN ports over.  Does the issue still stay with the 1Gb/s circuit, or does it stay with the port?  If it does you might have an issue with that port.

 

Have you tried swapping out the network cable?  I know, pretty unlikely but easy to do.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

Good advice.  We reset the gigabit from 1000/40 to 500/25, but unfortunately no change in errors.  

 

Over Thanksgiving we will swap all parts (one at a time) and test under load.  If Meraki or Comcast have no more ideas, we're going to cancel Comcast's gigabit coax service.  We're the first to try it in this area; their own tier 2 has no experience with it, so it could be anything - the modem, who knows.

 

Thanks.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

We thought it might be the fiber conversion boxes on "forced" instead of "auto", but that made it worse.  Comcast thought it might be an incorrect duplex setting on their end, but that also made it worse.  I'll swap misc. parts, they'll swap modem, and we're done - it either works or it doesn't and we bail

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

For posterity I'll document what we've done here the last 3 weeks:

  • Comcast has tested Everything, short of replacing modem (new, no spares).
  • We've tested Everything - swapped internal connections, lots of tests.

The behavior:  after ~20 minutes we see high packet loss / high latency, the router can go comatose for a few minutes, and even Comcast's modem can spontaneously reset.  A 250 Mbps circuit has no problems.  We disconnected the 250, no change.

 

We're back to wondering if the router really can handle a gigabit circuit (at its 750 Mbps max).  The 20 minute buildup to problems makes me (newbie) wonder.  On the other hand, it seems someone's suggestion here to throttle the router at 500/25 would have circumvented a router issue.

 

I'll call tech support again, we may get a replacement modem, we plan to do an iperf test at the modem, and may do a load test with pingplotter running at the modem.  

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

I mentioned this before, but go:

Security Appliance/Traffic Shaping

And set the WAN ports to be limited to 750Mb/s - the appliance spec'ed performance.

 

Screenshot from 2017-11-30 12-49-16.png

 

If it works after doing this then you know the appliance can not handle it.  If it doesn't change the problem then it is not the appliance.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

Just do as @BetaPhish suggests and limit the bandwith on the WAN connections. 

The MX can only handle 750Mbps as you read in the datasheet. If you have advanced security it only does 650Mbps. 

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

We throttled to 750/35 (and earlier 500/25), didn't help.  Barring new clues from iperf, another continuous ping, etc. tests, we're giving up.  Comcast is convinced it's not their problem, despite a failure when our net was disconnected.  Only happens under load.  Oh well.  I'll summarize when we're done.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

We throttled to 750/35 (and earlier 500/25), didn't help.  Barring new clues from iperf, another continuous ping, etc. tests, we're giving up.  Comcast is convinced it's not their problem, despite a failure when our net was disconnected.  Only happens under load.  Oh well.  I'll summarize when we're done.

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

We tried most/all of the suggestions here - thanks - and someone's suggestion to reduce MTU size, but nothing had an effect.  In an attempt to generate outgoing traffic, we found a way to easily browse to thousands of webs (Chrome extension + list of top 1M sites); it sort of worked but mostly we just locked up laptops.  Comcast tier 2 tech could have been more helpful.  Anyway, we bailed, cancelling this service; so we'll never know why...

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Re: Can MX100 handle gigabit?

We thought it might be the fiber conversion boxes on "forced" instead of "auto", but that made it worse.  Comcast thought it might be an incorrect duplex setting on their end, but that also made it worse.  I'll swap misc. parts, they'll swap modem, and we're done - it either works or it doesn't and we bail.

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