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Implementing Cisco Networking Solutions by Harpreet Singh

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Packet classification

Packet classification uses a traffic descriptor (for example, the DSCP) to categorize a packet within a specific group in order to define that packet. After the packet has been defined (that is, classified), the packet is accessible for QoS handling on the network.

Using packet classification, you can partition network traffic into multiple priority levels or classes of service. When traffic descriptors are used to classify traffic, the source agrees to adhere to the contracted terms and the network promises a QoS. Traffic policers and traffic shapers use the traffic descriptor of the packet (that is, the classification of the packet) to ensure adherence to that agreement.

The classification at the edges of the DiffServ ...

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