Class of Service (CoS) is used to manage network traffic at layer 2 (Data Link layer) by allowing certain types of traffic priority over the others. An example would be giving voice traffic a higher priority than video traffic. CoS uses a 3 bit field in an Ethernet frame header that is used by Quality of Service (QoS) to configure and differentiate network traffic. CoS is useful in events that the network experiences issues such as congestion or delay.
The objective of this document is to show you how to configure CoS settings on the SG350XG and SG550XG Switches.
The following table describes the default mapping when there are 8 queues (for the 350 and 550 family):
|802.1p Values (0-7, 7 being the highest)
||Queue (8 queues 1-8, 8 is the highest priority)
||7 Queues (8 is the highest priority used for stack control traffic) Stack
||Critical Application - LVS phone SIP
||Voice - Cisco IP phone default
||Interwork Control LVS phone RTP
Step 1. Log in to the web configuration utility and choose Quality of Service > General > CoS/802.1p to Queue. The Cos/802.1p to Queue page opens.
Note: The 802.1p field displays the 802.1p priority tag values to be assigned to an egress queue, where 0 is the lowest and 8 is the highest priority.
Step 2. In the Output Queue field, select the egress queue to which the 802.1p priority is mapped. Either 4 (for the 350 family) or 8 (for the 550 family) egress queues are supported, where Queue 4 (for the 350 family) or Queue 8 (for the 550 family) is the highest priority egress queue and Queue 1 is the lowest priority.
Step 3. Click Apply. The 802.1p priority values to queues are mapped, and the running configuration file is updated.
Step 4. (Optional) Click Restore Defaults to restore the output queues to the default settings.
This document shows you how to manage your network traffic better by prioritizing certain types of traffic over the others. To verify that this is working correctly, you can compare video streaming quality under different CoS rules. Another option that you can do is use a packet sniffer program to compare the packets for different CoS rules.