We are beginning to use sonar for provisioning. We are using radius with Mikrotik
We are using pppoe to authenticate customer routers to our network.
The question I have is regarding Ratelimiting.
It is very simple to setup rate limiting through radius so it adds a simple queue to the pppoe connection.
The difficulty that we have is that we have the desire to make changes to customer ratelimiting automatically. Meaning we will have certain things trigger service changes which will change customers speed service based on some schedule or timeline.
Main use of this is speed trails. Second use is schedule speed changes. For example a customer says they want to increase speed at the end of the month. So we schedule it to happen automatically at that time.
Changing the service is the easy part. The hard part is that when you use pppoe+mikrotik+radius it requires a reset of the pppoe connection in the mikrotik to change the simple queue rate limiting. This function (sadly) is not automated in sonar. So if we have a scheduled service change in sonar, it would require a manual restart of the pppoe connection to establish new ratelimit properties.
The address lists function seams to correct this issue by being an active list that doesn’t require a reset of the pppoe connection to make changes to the speed.
My main question is whether this is less or more efficient in regards to hardware resources on the mikrotik and whether it is the recommended means of ratelimiting.