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Just how big a load are UDP broadcasts?
I run a small network of small sites, including a couple in the Adirondacks with 56k feeds. When a user of one of these sites uses one of the UDP audio or video services it drives the 56k to 100% saturation (load 255/255) and makes the site unusable for everyone else. Recently I "solved" this problem by blocking this traffic at the entry port for my T1 feed. To my surprise, both the average and peak traffic on the T1 dropped by a factor of 3, although less than 2% of my users complained. Traffic on my T1 wasn't the issue, but this has me wondering: how much of the Internet congestion my users do complain about is due to UDP audio/video services? In my very limited view of the world, UDP is a very poor network citizen among protocols. Am I wrong in that view? -- Dick St.Peters, Gatekeeper, Pearly Gateway, Ballston Spa, NY [email protected] Owner, NetHeaven 518-885-1295/800-910-6671 Internet for Albany/Saratoga, Glens Falls, North Creek, & Lake Placid First Internet service based in the 518 area code - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -