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Re: PC Bozo's World bites again (CNN, too)

  • From: Dean Robb
  • Date: Thu May 28 14:54:22 1998

At 20:15 5/27/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Cut the MTU, get rid of the problem, and the system "seems" faster on the
>Internet.  The reason is that you aren't dropping frames on the floor 
>any longer.

Yup.  I got an apparent 12% faster connection and reduced packet loss by
setting my MTU to 576 (using MTUSpeed, a handy little program).  
>Does this have anything to do with CTS/RTS and flow control?  Nope.  Its a
>genuine, no-bullshit, honest-to-god probelm in the code that is worked
>by doing this.

The official explanation is that W95 (and W98, as far as I can tell) has
packet sizes set to 1500 for Ethernet LAN transmission and uses the same
sizes for Internet TCP/IP connections.  If you're not on an Ethernet,
adjusting the MTU gives you a better 'Net connection.

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Dean Robb
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