The Difference between “shaped” and “unshaped” Internet
Lets start with Shaping. This is the technology used to determine what type of data is flowing through your modem, and this is used to shape your data stream to a slower or faster stream for special purposes. Remember “internet” is just a smart word for all the computers in the world connected to each other, with whatever means necessary, and all sharing the SAME pipeline, so shaping is needed for the ones using the lines for downloading huge files like movies.
This type is the lowest priority (for everything other than web browsing, email, Voice and Fax) on the network, meaning that if 10 guys are standing in a queue for bread, you will be the last one (no.10), and have to wait for everyone to finish before you can get your bread.
This is exactly the same for using the internet. Your data (other than web browsing, email, Voice and Fax) request will have to wait until everyone has finished with their requests at the same time you did yours.
If your data IS Web browsing, email, Voice and Fax, your requests will shoot to the front of the line and get dealt with first, and all the others will have to wait.
This is THE PREFERRED way to be used for mission critical business applications.
This type is the fastest on the internet, and if you request data, ALL other users are bypassed and you get moved to the front of the queue. The downside is that all protocols (Web browsing, email, Voice, Fax, Torrents, downloads) is given the same priority, so which ever comes in first will get dealt with first. This is THE PREFERRED way to be used for home users and heavy downloaders.