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force-premium (Firewall Filter Action)


Hierarchy Level


Firewall filter option to force premium treatment for traffic (MX Series routers)— By default, a hierarchical policer processes the traffic it receives according to the traffic’s forwarding class. Premium, expedited-forwarding traffic has priority for bandwidth over aggregate, best-effort traffic. Now you can include the force-premium option at the [edit firewall filter filter-name term term-name] hierarchy level to ensure that traffic matching the term is treated as premium traffic by a subsequent hierarchical policer, regardless of its forwarding class. This traffic is given preference over any aggregate traffic received by that policer. Consider a scenario where a firewall filter is applied to an interface that receives both expedited-forwarding voice traffic and best-effort video traffic. Traffic that matches the first term of the filter is passed to a hierarchical policer in the second term. The hierarchical policer also receives best-effort data traffic from another source. The filtered video traffic is treated the same as this data traffic, as aggregate traffic with a lower priority than the premium voice traffic. Consequently, some of the video traffic might be dropped and some of the data traffic passed on.

To avoid that situation, include the force-premium option in the firewall filter term that passes traffic to the hierarchical policer. This term forces the video traffic to be marked as premium traffic. The hierarchical policer gives both the voice traffic and the video traffic priority over the aggregate data traffic.


The force-premium filter option is supported only on MPCs.

Required Privilege Level

firewall—To view this statement in the configuration.

firewall-control—To add this statement to the configuration.

Release Information

Statement introduced in Junos OS Release 12.3 for family inet and inet6.

Support for family vpls, ccc, and bridge added in Junos OS Releases 13.3R8, 13.3R10, 14.1R8, 14.2R7, 15.1R4,16.1R1, and 17.1R1.